Thursday, September 6, 2012

Towel Holder/Napkin Ring Tutorial

I have had this idea in my head for a week or so, and decided to make it yesterday. It took very little time, cost very little, and now I'm left wondering why I never thought of this before! The best part, it cost less than $2!!

What you'll need:
Plastic shower curtain rings - You can pick these up at the Dollar store
Fabric scraps - A fat quarter will get you at least 2 rings/holders
Sewing machine, iron, buttons

For the ring:
Cut a fabric strip 2" x 20".

Fold in each short end 1/2" and stitch 3/8" from edge.

Fold in half lengthwise, and stitch 1/4" from edge to make a long, skinny tube.

Put a basting pin, or large safety pin in where the seams cross. You want to go from the outside in, and you want the pin to be inside the tube.

Turn the pin so that the top goes inside the tube, and start pushing it up the tube.

This is the hardest part of turning the tube. Work the fabric so that it slides easily off the end of the safety pin.

Keep  pushing the pin through until the tube is turned right side out.

Remove the pin, and thread the tube onto your curtain ring. Close the ring and overlap the ends to cover where the ring closes.

This works perfectly as is for a napkin ring, or you can keep going to make it a towel holder.

For the towel holder:
Cut a fabric strip 3" x 20".

Fold in half width wise, and sew up one long side, the open short side, and part of the remaining long side. Leave an opening to turn right side out.

Turn right side out, push out corners, and press well. Topstitch as close to the edge as possible around all 4 sides.

Fold up one end 2" and stitch in place. This is where your curtain ring will go.

Now, measure 5" from the other end, and mark the spot in the center. Measure your button, and make your buttonhole that big. Be sure to center it. My button was 1 1/8".

Using your buttonhole foot, stitch the buttonhole in place. Place a pin at the end of the buttonhole and use your seam ripper to open it.

Now, sew the button onto the back of the holder.

Attach to your stove handle, and enjoy!

The wonderful thing about these is that they are so cheap to make, you can change them out each season.

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