Colorful Retro Christmas Dishtowels

I am officially declaring this Christmas Kitchen Week. You didn’t know we were going to do that did you? Me either.

But the stars have aligned and by complete accident – (or I’m subconsciously a much better planner than I thought) I have some fun items this week to give your kitchen Christmas style with a retro flair.

Actually, we started (accidentally again) last Friday with the Crush of the Week. Jen from Rook 17 has some fantastic recipes for you to check out for your Christmas baking and gift giving.

Today, to go along with edible yummies – I have a couple visual yummies – in the form of these two super cute dishtowels!!

They are decorated with fun retro fabrics and ruffles and ric rac. I just love them!
I think they would be great for hostess gifts, or to take to a teacher or neighbor with a plate of cookies!

Ready to make a set? Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Waffle weave fabric: 17″ X 28″ for each dishtowel (or you can use a purchased dishtowel)
  • Fabric for ruffles and applique:
    For each ruffle you need a rectangle 4″ x 36″
    Small pieces of each fabric for the ornaments and tree .
    Small pieces of black fabric for the ornament toppers, the tree trunk and the presents.
  • Variety of Ric Rac
  • Patterns – Click Here to Download

Begin by cutting out all your fabric pieces.

For each ruffle, hem the two short sides and one long side. On the other long side, sew a ruffle stitch.

Hem three sides of your dishtowel fabric as well, leaving one short side unhemmed.

Pin the bottom ruffle to the unhemmed side of your dishtowel, right sides together. Sew the ruffle in place and press down.

Pin the second ruffle one inch above the seam of the first ruffle. Right sides should be together and the raw edge should be pointing to the bottom. Sew this ruffle on and press down.

Repeat for the third ruffle.

Let’s do the ornament applique first. :)

Lay out your ornament pieces where you want them. You can use heat-n-bond or something similar to iron them on, or you can just pin them on and sew. Whatever you are more comfortable with.

Sew the ornament pieces on.

Sew strips of ric rac from the top of the dishtowel to each ornament. (You can use ribbon too if you want – though it’s not near as squiggly. :)
Make sure with each piece of ric rac that you very slightly burn the edges so they don’t fray.

 Sew on your ornament toppers next.

Finish off this one with cute ric rac bows at the top of each ornament.

For the Christmas Tree towel, you will do the same thing. After you sew on the ruffles, sew on your applique pieces.

Fray check all your raw edges so the appliques don’t fray when you wash them. If you don’t like the raw edges, there are a couple things you can do. You can sew all the pieces on with a satin stitch ( a very tight zigzag stitch that covers all the raw edges). Or you can add a seam allowance to the pieces and cut out two of everything. Sew the pieces together and turn right side out, then sew them on.

Add in ric rac embellishments and bows on the packages, and a bow at the top of the tree.

Sit back and admire your Christmas Ric Rac Ruffliness.

These appliques would also look great on onesies or t-shirts! Feel free to go crazy with them!  (And send me pictures of course. :)

I’d love to hear what you think!

108 Comments

  • Reply October 24, 2013

    dianne

    These are so cute, going to make them for my daughter in laws for Christmas. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Reply October 24, 2013

    AnnE

    I love these dish towels! They are adorable! A perfect hostess gift to make for Christmas time. Quick question — How do you make the ruffle binding look so finished? When I make a ruffle, both long ends are undone and tattered looking.

  • Reply November 5, 2013

    Joyce Wittschen

    Where do you find the waffle weave fabric? I shope at Jo anne’s and it’s not avaulable, I also asked abou flour sackand they ddon’t carry it either. Thank you. Also I love these. ♥

  • Reply November 6, 2013

    Peggy

    Too Cute!! Plan to give as hostess gift for our annual Sunday School Christmas party. I’ve been looking & looking for something to make and these are Purrrr-fect. Thx much

  • Reply November 16, 2013

    Sandy

    So cute, I’ve been looking for project ideas…thank you.

  • Reply November 25, 2013

    Lynette

    Very cute will make nice gifts. I also like your scripture at the end of your page…thanks for sharing your ideas.

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