Pretty DIY Fabric Feathers Dishtowel

Pretty DIY Fabric Feathers Dishtowel

I am so ready for spring. I would like to go pick flowers and strawberries and to not have to wear a sweater all the time. I’m a big baby when it comes to weather.

fabric feather dish towel

Usually when I get all anxious for Spring to come, I try and rush things inside a bit by doing all my spring decorating – as soon as Valentine’s Day is over. It’s my own personal Field of Dreams moment – “If you decorate for it, it will come.” Only I don’t do the creepy whisper. That would be a bit much.

pretty fabric feather dish towel

To help hurry things along, I have a new pretty diy fabric feathers dishtowel! It’s super easy to make up, and perfect for these bright, fun colors for Spring.

feather dishtowel

So let’s get started with the tutorial! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • linen, twill or other heavy fabric for dishtowel (you can also use a store bought towel) 20″ x 28″
  • fabric scraps for feathers – 3″ x 8″ for each feather
  • fabric for layer on bottom of dishtowel – 20″ x 4″
  • trims for dishtowel – 20″ of each trim
  • contrast thread for applique
  • fusible webbing
  • Fabric Feather Pattern

Draw or print out a basic feather pattern, or you can use mine. Cut out your fabric scraps larger than the feather. Iron pieces of fusible webbing to the wrong sides of the fabric.

fabric pieces with fusible webbing

Cut out 5 feather pieces. Make the notches in the feathers a little different on each.

cutting out feathers

You should now have 5 feathers, all with fusible webbing on the back.

fabric feathers

Hem the two long sides and one of the short sides of your dish towel. (You can skip this if you are using a store bought towel.)

hemming dishtowel edges

Carefully remove the paper backing on the fusible webbing. Mark the center of the dishtowel. Place the center feather so the bottom is 4″ up from the unhemmed edge. Iron the feather in place. Iron two more feathers on each side of the center, so the tops and bottoms of the feathers alternate.

ironing on feathers

Use a small zigzag stitch to applique around the feathers.

applique feathers

If you use a contrasting thread, it will help the feathers stand out a little more.

appliqued feathers

Ok now we’re going to finish off that bottom edge. You can do anything here – a ruffle, a bit of lace, or a straight fabric border like I did. Line up the fabric trim with the raw edge and sew them together with a 3/8″ seam.

fabric trim on dishtowel

Fold the border in half so the side raw edges line up and the right side is inside. Sew the side seams along the edge of the dishtowel, down to the fold.

sides of fabric trim

Trim the corners of the sides. Fold the fabric so the right side is out and the open edge is to the back of the dishtowel. Press the edge under 3/8″.

finishing fabric trim

Now you can either sew the raw edge down, or live dangerously and when you sew your trim on, sew the edge down at the same time.
On the front side of your dishtowel, add your trim. I started be sewing on a row of mini pompom trim, with the pompoms facing up, along the seam.

mini pom pom trim on dishtowel

Sew on a row of crochet trim, so it overlaps the bottom edge of the pompom trim. Tuck the ends of the lace under on each side.

crochet trim on dishtowel

And that’s all there is to it! Now you have a super cute new fabric feathers dishtowel!

fabric feather dish towel

fabric feather appliques

DIY Fabric Feather Dishtowel

I just love how bright and colorful it is – so perfect for Spring!

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  • Reply February 17, 2014

    Sandi Grodek

    Thank you so much for the tut. As I’m sitting here and getting so tired of yet 3-5 more inches of snow, this is a little taste of color and the spring that everyone has been waiting for.

  • Reply February 17, 2014


    I love, love, love this! I’ve got to go search my stash.

  • Reply February 17, 2014


    So colourful! Very pretty and it looks like it would be quite sturdy too.

  • Reply February 17, 2014


    That is sooo pretty!! I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:


    • February 20, 2014


      Thank you again for the feature Anne!! I really appreciate your support!

  • Reply February 17, 2014


    Too pretty to use.

    • February 20, 2014


      Lol thanks Syl! It would be a cute pillow too! :)

  • Reply February 18, 2014


    How pretty! Thank you so much for this tutorial – I can see several dishtowels on my way! Greetings from Germany

    • February 20, 2014


      That’s great! Thanks! I would love to see your versions if you make them!

  • Reply February 19, 2014

    Jenn K.

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

    • February 20, 2014


      Thanks Jenn! I’m so glad you like it! :)

  • Reply February 19, 2014


    Seriously too adorable for dished! I’d frame it! xo

    • February 20, 2014


      Thanks sweet Malia!! It would totally work on a pillow too if you didn’t want to use it on dishes! :)

  • Reply February 21, 2014

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    Beautiful, Bev! I love the bright colors and that trim along the bottom. Definitely too pretty to use! :)

  • Reply February 25, 2014


    I love your pom pom trim too and your great clear step by step tutorial, what a great way to use tiny scraps of fabric. I’m afraid it is just too beautiful for a teatowel though (sorry I’m so English, we call ’em teatowels!) What a lovely tote bag or cushion cover embellishment this would make, or maybe just the teatowel that looks nice but is never used (I could allow that, but in our house if someone spills a drink they just grab the nearest cloth to mop it up, I couldn’t bear them to use this!)

  • Reply March 11, 2014

    doro von Hand zu Hand

    very, very pretty!
    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

  • Reply March 15, 2014


    Very pretty and I liove how you stylized the photo with the pom flowers!

  • Reply April 14, 2014

    Gina Turner Snyder

    Love all your towels, and especially this one! Thanks for sharing. Wondering if you would mind sharing what kind of fabric you use?


    • April 15, 2014


      Thanks Gina!!
      For the feathers and bottom trim I just used cottons. For the towel itself I used Osnaburg, but I’ve used canvas, linen and heavyweight cotton in the past and they’ve all worked well. I would recommend prewashing your fabrics first also. :)

  • Reply March 8, 2015


    Love! I just finished making mine, its so cute! Theres more on the way!

    • March 9, 2015


      Yay Shan! That’s awesome! I am so glad you made it and love it! Thanks!

  • Reply June 20, 2015


    Hi! How do you make this without fusable backing? I live in Brazil and can’t find any =)

  • Love your tutorial. The fabric scraps were perfect for this idea. Can’t wait to make one. Pinned for later. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • I love this. Bookmarking it, so I can make some! Thank you so much!

  • Reply March 26, 2016


    I love the towel Bev, it’s so festive! I bought a couple dish towels and embroidered Carla’s Kitchen on them! I love things that are personalized! Perfect for gifts too!

  • Reply May 17, 2016


    Just curious how long the appliquing took?

    • May 17, 2016


      Hi Holly!
      It didn’t take too long. It’s been a while – but I’m guessing maybe 45 minutes? Maybe not even that long. :)
      Hope that helps!

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