Thursday, October 13, 2011

{Tutorial} Halloween Ghost Tea Towel

Have you noticed yet that I'm going a little ga-ga for Halloween this year?!

Luckily for you, that means more fun projects to come!  After sprucing up my entry and my dining table, I thought my kitchen needed to share in on the spooky fun, so I whipped up these cute little Halloween towels.

Want to make your own??  Here's the tutorial!

What You'll Need:
White Flour Sack Towel or other White Towel
Black felt
1/4 inch knit elastic
scrap ribbon
fabric marker
measuring tape

1.  Unfold your towel and turn it wrong side up (aka seam side up).  Using your fabric marker, make a mark every three inches along the bottom of the towel seam.

2.  Next, measure six inches from the edge of the towel and repeat marking every three inches.

3.  Cut your elastic into 4 inch strips.  I used a 27" inch wide towel so I needed nine of these.

4.  Pin the elastic to your six inch marks.

It will look like this once you've pinned them all.

5.  Now it's time to sew!  Using a straight stitch, sew over your pinned edge of elastic, backstitching a few times to reinforce the edge.

6.  Now, stretch your elastic to your seam-edge marking and hold in place with your finger as you sew.  (You can pin here if you want but I found it much easier to just hold it in place and stretch as I sewed.)  Secure the other end with a backstitch.

7.  Repeat this step for all of your elastic pieces - it will look like this when you're done.  (Don't be alarmed if the edges roll - they easily straighten when you fold the towel later.)

8.  Now, cut out two oval eye shapes and a smaller oval mouth shape from your black felt.  (I freehanded this, but if you want a template, I can make one for you... let me know!)

9.  Pin in place on your towel.

10.  Sew around your felt pieces to secure to the towel.  I used a straight stitch but you can use a zigzag or satin stitch if you'd like.

11.  And that's it!  Add a little bow for a ghoul  girl ghost or leave as is for a boy version!

Now, go hang your new spooky hand towels in your kitchen (or bathroom... this works well there too!)

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  1. These are awesome! I hope you will link this project up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party!

  2. Super...super cute! I think my kitchen needs at last one of these :)

  3. LOVE this.. Officially following ya with smiles.. I'm Marilyn from and I would LOVE for you to stop in sometime/link this to my Pin Inspirational Thursdays link party happening now. TY.. Off to indulge in all this burst of creativity here.. :))

  4. Rhonda, I share your "ga-ga"-iness for the holiday! You inspire me to 'spread the love' and award you with The Versatile Blogger Award. I invite you to stop on by to check it out when you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

  5. Oh my gosh, how cute are those!! Glad I found your blog today - your newest follower! :)


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