Elastic Kitchen Towel Holder Tutorial
One thing that drives me up the wall is finding my freshly laundered Tea Towels on the kitchen floor. I fold them, drape them prettily over the stove handle and then all it takes is someone brushing Past and they slide off. I have a few ways to combat this situation. I thought a fun, quick, and useful mothers day gift idea would be the elastic towel holder. It is a really quick project. I think it took 15 minutes and that included the ironing time.
This is a great scrap buster and you can get the elastic for $1 at the dollar store.
bottom piece (I used duck because it is sturdy) 10″ x 6″
top piece (I used a light cotton for the ruffle) 9″ x 4″ You could use 10″ x 4″ but I like the little bit of extra wiggle room at the ends.
1 piece of elastic. I did not measure the elastic because I pulled it through to get the ruffle I wanted, but you will need at least a 9″ piece.
Fold the pieces in half right sides together and stitch to make two long tubes. I chain stitched them and them trimmer the thread.
Turn the tubes right side out.
Iron flat with the seam running down the center of each tube. This will help with lining up the center of the tubes and running the elastic.
Layer the pieces seam line down. If you do not want the seams to show at all you could line up the seams facing together.
Pin in place. I pin both ends along the sides of the seam. The pins mark where I sew the casing for the elastic.
Stitch straight down one side of the seam.
Stitch down the other side of the seam and that makes the casing for the elastic.
Time to thread the elastic. pin a safety pin to the end of the elastic and thread it through the casing.
Pull the elastic all the way through the casing and flatten the fabric.
Stitch the safety pin side in place. I back stitched a few times to make sure the elastic was securely in place.
Pull the elastic from the opposite side to create a ruffle. You will need two hands for the project but to take the pic I had to use one. Remember that you need to leave room for the towel to fit through the loop and for the elastic to stretch and contract. Pull enough to create a nice ruffle.
Pin the pulled elastic in place.
This is where the extra fabric comes in handy. Stitch the elastic in place (I like to flatten the end while sewing the make sure the elastic does not twist or bunch). Make sure the pin is far enough away from the stitch line that it can stay in place the entire time you are stitching. You do not want the elastic to get away from you.
Trim the excess fabric from both ends.
Fold in half right-sides together.
I stitched the end together with a straight stitch and a zig zag for stability and strength.
Turn right-side out and pull the ruffles apart.
Position the tea towel and slide the holder in place.
Your towel is now secure and it is easy to remove when you need the towel.
Wishing you Luck, Love, and a Happy Mother’s Day.