Thursday, December 15, 2011

Comfort and JOY Guest Barb with her FAST, FUN, EASY.....AND I DO MEAN EASY PLEAT/ RUFFLES FOR YOU CHRISTMAS TOWELS and psssst 2 guests today ...yes !

As my husband and I were driving from JoAnn's today, I came up with a really quick way to do those pleats/ruffles for your kitchen towels. Who says this is only for your kitchen? Your bathroom might want in on some of the action.

So here is one towel with a pleats with a raw edge band over the pleats.




This next one, the band over the pleats is turned under.





So we all know that Barb at Bejeweled, Quilts, that is me, is the queen of kitchen towels. Love them, gotta have them.....

Thanks Madame Samm for having me over and stretching my imagination.

So.....lets begin. You will need a 3" strip (cut the length of your fabric from selvage to selvage)

Trusty Glue Stick


You will iron your strip in half and just lightly glue the top together.
You will fold in the edge you will be working with and glue it down (fold under at least a half inch). I did not stitch this down, just glued it. Once the top is sewn to the towel it should not be able to come out. When you get to the end of the ruffle, you will do the same thing so leave enough fabric to turn under generously.

Now, this one towel, I wanted the bottom of the towel showing under the pleats. So I placed it like so....and glued it down. Then I started taking pleats. Now for those of you who are OCD, perfectionist, you might want to measure the distance between each pleat. Me.....well....I am a fly by niter, so it matters not to me.
If you want a ruffle look, just scrunch the top instead of laying flat and glue.

So you glue, pleat, iron, glue, pleat, iron....etc...


So you just keep making the pleats, and be sure to keep gluing the pleats to the towel...yes it looks messy, you won't be able to see it after completion.

Here is the finished pleating.
Now you need Steam A Seam or what ever adhesive you desire. I tell everyone that I use this like toilet paper, trust me that is not far from the truth. I have a friend that comes over and sews and she will say "I brought my toilet paper." At first I thought, toilet paper...and then she shows me her Steam a Seam......
You will cut 1- 1/2 inch strip of your fabric the width of your towel. Then you will cut two 1- 1/2 inch strip of steam a seam
You will follow the instruction of your adhesive of choice...in my case, you just iron it onto the back of your fabric like so.

Then you iron the strip across the towel and over the raw edges of your pleats. As you can see here, I did a blanket stitch around the band. Oh....sooooo easy.

So...now I am going to show you how I did the band on the other towel. Here you have the pleats.
So here is the band, it is also 1- 1/2 inches wide, will be a little longer than the width of your towel so you can turn the ends under. Once again I pulled out my trusty glue and turned the edges about 1/4 inch under, then glued and iron it down. No, I did not measure, but you certainly can.
After all ends and sides of the band are ironed and glued under, I glue it to the pleats and towel.
Then top stitch it down.

If you will notice, I used the Christmas Medley Accuquilt Go Die for the snowflakes. There are free places you can go for your designs like Fat Cat Patterns. If you are interested in the trees, well that is my creation, you can go to Inchworm Fabrics for the free pattern under LINKS. The trees are in this table runner pattern below. I designed it for this post but forgot to take pictures and for some reason when I went to do the post it was such a yawner.....so please, go to Inchworm Fabrics for your free pattern if you like.



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31 comments:

  1. I too love pretty towels especially kitchen towels. I'm not one of these folks who re-gift when I receive pretty kitchen towels. I keep them!! Thanks for a quick easy tutorial. It will go in my project binder.
    Blessings
    Gmama jane

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  2. Beautiful way to decorate towels! I love your table runner and the trees are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wow, tea towels never looked so pretty! Love your creations and your tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing Barb.

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  5. I like these! I will save the instructions and make some for my mum! ... and I'll let you know how they look as an extension of your clothing, because I'm sure to glue and steam n seam them to whatever I'm wearing!!

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  6. Good Morning BARB....ohhh look ruffles...was that because you know I am passionate about them lol. LOVE your post today...filled with Merry DELIGHT...and ruffles...now why I have not made any like this... no excuse now..you inspired me

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  7. Love the towels! A glue stick makes things so much easier :)

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  8. Just in time, Barb! I ordered some plain towels and plan to "dress them up" for gifting! Thank you for sharing this!

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  9. Absolute genius! I couldn't get the links to work though - would love to get that pattern. blessings, marlene

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  10. What a fancy way to decorate a towel! Great idea.

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  11. I'm going to need new towels for dressing up our guest bathrooms. Can't wait to try this method!

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  12. Great tutorial for any time of the year. I really love the pleated towels look but also do really like the ruffled look.

    Thank you very much.

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  13. Such a smart way to do ruffles! These towels would be so cute in the kitchen. And I just might add some to the bathroom too just to see the look on my hubby's face when he sees ruffles in the bathroom. ;)

    Jennifer :)

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  14. In PERFECT timing!!

    I need to put a ruffle around the top edge of a stocking!!!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Thanks so much for this easy tutorial.

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  16. Love the ruffled towels! I'm going to do some for my bathroom. I enjoy your blog. I've just started a new one with a sister. come by anytime.

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  17. Barb, the towels are gorgeous especially with the snowflakes. Great job with the tut!

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  18. Really fun tutorial , love those towels ,thanks so much , enjoyed your post!

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  19. Too, too cute for words! Nothing like making our towels girly girl! I love that. :0) Thank you for the easy tutorial. I will definitely be trying these out. Merry Christmas!

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  20. These dressed up towels look great! Thanks for the idea and the tute!

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  21. I use glue stick a lot in my applique work. Never thought to use it for ruffles, great idea!!!

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  22. Dynamite tutorial. I can't wait to give it a try!!

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  23. Thank you so much! What a great idea, and so easy to follow along.

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  24. Look at you go with those ruffles/pleats! You make it look so easy. I always do things the hard way.
    Thanks for the info, and congrats on being featured on Madame Samm's blog.

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  25. Love the pleats Barb. What a fun way to dress up towels! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  26. I just did the ruffle on the Christmas stocking!

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I didn't use the glue but you made my work a whole lot easier!

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  27. great tutorial Barb!! I will have to make some for Christmas 2012..lol

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  28. Barb!! This is great, I have always wanted to know how to do this. Thanks!!

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  29. Barb, Barb, Barb...she is just so much fun!
    Love these girlfriend!

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  30. I just wanna know how you made the snowflakes.

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