Jelly Towels

Dish towels and tea towels were all the rage at Quilt Market this year in Pittsburgh. You too can have a new set of dish towels. I am always looking for a quick gift idea and a way to use up those left over Jelly roll strips.

2- 24-27″ Flour sack dish towels, hemmed
2- strips from a Jelly Roll: Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille
3 +1/8th yards rick-rack

This is how darling they are when they are finished!

First, press your towels, then cut the Jelly roll strips the width of the towel PLUS 1″
Turn both ends of the Jelly roll strip under 1/2″

Lay the Jelly roll strip 3″ from the bottom of the towel and pin into place.

Lay the rick-rack on the top of the Jelly roll strip along the long edges. Leave a small amount of rick-rack for tucking under at each end.

Sew down the long edges on the rick-rack.

Sew the sides of the Jelly roll strip as you sew around the towel.

Fold the towel into thirds, leaving 3-4″ at the top.

Fold the towel into thirds the opposite way so it is a nice square.

Now, what to do with that little left over piece of Jelly roll that you cut off? If you have a rotary cutter with a pinking blade, cut the left over strip in half length wise.

Like this.

Tie one around a jar or Jelly…or jam.

Or, sew the two together like this to make one long strip.

Fold the towels again in half and tie the strip around them to make a bow.

Keep them for yourself, or give away to your favorite friend or neighbor! I thought seven different colors would be wonderful, one for each day of the week! You could even make an apron from the same line of fabric…then the lady of the kitchen would be so ” in Vogue!”

2 very pretty dish towels.

27 comments on “Jelly Towels

  1. allsewnup says:

    …beautiful AND pratical…
    the apron idea-nice touch

  2. Amanda says:

    I love this idea!

  3. JG says:

    So simple and so cute!

  4. madrekarin says:

    Lovely, sweet and simple. Just the kind of project I like. 🙂

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  6. Mary L says:

    This is awesome. I am going to use this for Christmas gifts. My husband & I make an awesome Raspberry Jam. Love it! Thanks.

  7. I love making homemade jelly for Christmas gifts, so thank you for such a nice idea of how to dress them up a bit! A jelly towel and a jar of jelly all wrapped up in a pretty strip of fabric would make a nice gift!


  8. amandajean says:

    those are so cute!!!

  9. Vickie E says:

    too easy Sherri…thanks for the idea!

  10. This is a great idea Sherri!

  11. Shawn says:

    Too cute!! What a great idea.

  12. ~Q~ says:

    what a great idea!!! I'm printing this out when the PDF version is available as it will be super for gifts throughout the year.

  13. This is wonderful! I have been on a bit of a tea towel kick around here, and I can't wait to try this one!



  14. What a cute idea! These would make a fab hostess gift b/c it's such a quick sewing project.

  15. These are simple and so fabulous!!

  16. Jess says:

    I love making dishtowels and these are so cute! Love 'em!

  17. Terri says:

    I love dish towels, these are adorable! A perfect quick gift idea. Thanks!

  18. Jenny says:

    Ok I love this!! This looks so easy that even I may be able to do it!! Thank you!!!

  19. Geek+Nerd says:

    These are so cute – and simple! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Vânia G. says:

    Vânia G

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