Kitchen Towel Topper Tutorial

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Kitchen Towel Topper Tutorial

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Stitch a quick gift for you and/or a friend! This super-easy Free Kitchen Towel Topper Printable Pattern, with envelope-style closure, is a breeze to make with our free sewing tutorial and printable pattern! You’ll love to keep this practical, yet pretty, cotton towel close at hand.

Finished Size: approximately 6 1/4″ wide x 18″ long


1/4 yd. or 8-1/2″ x 11″ fabric scrap, Fabric A (We used Nancy’s Farmhouse Floral Blue Shiplap Fabric.)

1/4 yd. or 8-1/2″ x 11″ fabric scrap, Fabric B (We used Nancy’s Farmhouse Floral Cream Floral Fabric.)

1/4 yd. Fusible Interfacing

One cotton or linen kitchen towel, pre-washed

One 3/4″ Button

Free Kitchen Towel Topper Printable Pattern

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Note From Team Nancy


All seam allowances are 1/2″.


1. Prepare towel.

  • Fold towel in half and press.

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  • Cut towel on pressed line, using rotary cutter tools. Save top of towel for making a second one!

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2. Print and cut out Free Kitchen Towel Topper Printable Pattern.

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3. Prepare fabrics for towel topper.

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  • Following manufacturer’s instructions, press interfacing to wrong sides of Fabric A and Fabric B pieces.

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  • Place Fabric A and Fabric B right sides together. Stitch lower left seam and upper right angled seam.

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  • Wrap seam allowances towards center and stitch top left and lower right seam, stitching through folded fabric seams.

Note From Team Nancy     The “wrapped” corners make crisp points—when turned.

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  • Trim away excess fabric at seams.

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  • Turn topper right side out and press.

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  • Use a Buttonhole Cutter, to cut opening for button.

IMG 70975. Attach towel topper.

  • Create pleats, at towel top, as desired. Pin. Press. Remove Pins.

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  • Turn under and press 1/2″ seam allowance at opening of lower towel topper.

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  • Insert towel into the topper.

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  • Pin.

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  • Topstitch topper to towel.

IMG 71136. Attach button to front of towel topper—at pattern placement.

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7. Finish the topper.

  • Fold envelope towel topper forward.
  •  Button the topper.

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Download the Free-Kitchen-Towel-Topper-Printable-Pattern.

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  • Jane McLean
    May 8, 2018

    Thank you for the tea towel pattern. With the Farmhouse Floral fat quarter pack, I’ll make a stash of Runaway Bags. The bags are great for holding raffle items such as gift certificates. They’re a value-added bonus and attract customers to the raffle at community fund-raisers.

  • Lana Workman
    May 8, 2018

    What beautiful spring fabric! Would love to win!

  • Sherril Harris
    May 8, 2018

    What beautiful fabric! I would use them in a quilt.

  • Penny Moss
    May 8, 2018

    Love the tea towel pattern and fabrics. I’d enjoy making towels with some matching patchwork oven pads to use up every scrap of these delightful fabrics

  • Mary Jo Magnusson
    May 8, 2018

    Thanks for sharing your pattern. I am going to try it this afternoon.

  • Treva Campbell
    May 8, 2018

    I just love the towels. I will make one real soon. I’m going out today and buy a towel.

  • Anne Z
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to make a quilt from Nancy’s beautiful fabrics.

  • Susan
    May 8, 2018

    A patchwork apron would be so cute from this fabric! Love, love, love this fabric!!!

  • Barbara
    May 8, 2018

    Towels and table runners!

  • Margaret Scott
    May 8, 2018

    Would love to have the fat quarter bundle to make the blocks of 5he month quilt. The fabrics are beautiful.

  • CE Denlinger
    May 8, 2018

    Loving all the easier projects that I can teach to my granddaughter. They are pretty and she wants to learn. Please add others.

  • Karen Payton
    May 8, 2018

    What lovely fabric….I make small zippered bags as gifts, my friends and family would love a bag made with this fabric.

  • Max
    May 8, 2018

    The tea towel pattern looks “sew” fun–going to give it a try.

  • Joyce Hill
    May 8, 2018

    The fabrics are beautiful, so bright and cherry. Would love to make a quilt using these fabrics.

  • Chrissie
    May 8, 2018

    With summer nearly upon us, I think the fat quarter pack would make cute and colorful napkins,

  • Gale Betterly
    May 8, 2018

    Those beautiful fat quarters are just begging to become a delightful kitchen set, including one of Mary’s great aprons, a kitchen towel following these directions and a pot holder or two. What a colorful and useful shower gift!

  • Karen A
    May 8, 2018

    I’d love to make these towels and an apron to match.

  • Kathryn E
    May 8, 2018

    I would love these beautiful fat quarter fabrics to make a quilt.

  • Connie
    May 8, 2018

    I am looking forward to making some of these towels for Christmas gifts!

  • Kelly Sas
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to see an quick and easy pot holder and/or oven mitt to match the towel holder. A matching set would be such a great Mother’s Day, bridal shower or Teacher’s gift!

  • Marianne in TN
    May 8, 2018

    Darling idea with beautiful prints such as yours, besides being able to make matching aprons, potholders and accessories!
    Much prettier than the crocheted versions I’ve seen.

  • Noreen
    May 8, 2018

    I would like to make some zipper bags to use when I travel.

  • Pam
    May 8, 2018

    I love those prints. I think I would piece them together for a tote/purse. Something to remind me of Nancy. I love this towel as well. The prints would be a bright addition to my kitchen.

  • Cheryl Behning
    May 8, 2018

    Love the cute towel idea with the happy fabrics.

  • Barbara Perry
    May 8, 2018

    I would like to make a set of potholders, kitchen apron and kitchen curtains to have a matching set. I just love the country look.

  • M.Hyde
    May 8, 2018

    I think these fat quarters would make a beautiful summer runner for dining table. Nice and bright.

  • Jan Sedivy
    May 8, 2018

    Love the new floral fabric as it is so pretty. I think the floral fabric would be great for a table runner for my dining room table. The fabric reminds me of flowers in the sun. Thank you for the towel pattern.

  • Sandra N
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to make a quilt with these beautiful fat quarters!

  • Phyllis Stephenson
    May 8, 2018

    These beautiful fat quarters would be perfect for table runners and/or place mats. Left overs would go into matching hot pads.
    Thank you for this offer! Also thanks for the towel pattern, looks like a winner!

  • Emily Schaefer
    May 8, 2018

    Love the Farmhouse fabrics. I foresee placemats, table runners, pot holders, in my familiy’s future this Christmas. Also the topper pattern would make really nice Store Gift Card Envelopes for stocking stuffers. Thank you for all the inspiration.

  • Clovis
    May 8, 2018

    Nice fabric. I would make some nice zipper bag or to be the focal point on a purse. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Lynda A
    May 8, 2018

    What a great idea to brighten up the kitchen! These fabrics would make even the dullest kitchen look happier! I have lived in places in my life that needed some “extra love”. The quickest and easiest way to add new decor is to sew pretty towels and accessories to display. Love these fabrics!

  • Joan Tilley
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to make this kitchen towel with Nancy’s fabric!

  • Cynthia Schlais
    May 8, 2018

    I love the towel topper idea, and I would use the fabric to make a few of those, but I think I would also make a table topper using the Flower Power pattern from Eleanor Burns, that I purchased at Nancy’s Notions sewing weekend in 2017.

  • Judy Green
    May 8, 2018

    I miss Nancy but I love her fabric. Thanks to her team for this cute pattern.

  • Melanie Eddy
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to make a quilt from the Farmhouse Floral collection. I will use up a few of my scraps to make the towels with my 4-H’ers.

  • Glenda Snyder
    May 8, 2018

    I am making copies of the “she’s our star ” block of the month , which features this fabric so I would love to win this fabric to help making this quilt in memory of Nancy

  • diane c
    May 8, 2018

    a quilt, towel toppers, pillow cover. List goes on!

  • Eleanor
    May 8, 2018

    Beautiful fabric. I would love to make a table runner or a quilt.

  • Donna Fecteau
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to make a quilt with the fabric. I have been meaning to do Nancy’s Block of the Month but haven’t started yet. Winning the fabric would be the push I need.

  • Avis Cooper
    May 8, 2018

    WOW! Those colours are an explosion of energy! I love making happy kitchen ideas because (other than my sewing room) that’s where I spend a lot of my time. Just sewing with these fabrics would bring joy!!

  • MaryEllen
    May 8, 2018

    I would make a pocket for my cell phone so that I can wear it with any outfit that I have plus I can make towel gifts and get a head start on the holidays. The fabric choices will look great with spring and summer clothes.

  • Judy Jones
    May 8, 2018

    The towel topper is really cute. I would like to make some of those. This fabric would make really pretty spring table toppers too.

  • Debbie E.
    May 8, 2018

    Those are so vibrant would make beautiful placemats

  • Lucille Jones
    May 8, 2018

    I will be making these for church bazaar.

  • Christine Fellin
    May 8, 2018

    I would make a quilt with my 13 year old granddaughter, who is loving learning to sew like her nana.

  • Janet johnson
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to make the towel and matching potholders. They would really brighten my kitchen.

  • Christine Fellin
    May 8, 2018

    I would use the fabric to make a first quilt with my 13 year old granddaughter who is learning to sew.

  • Toni Barrow
    May 8, 2018

    These fabrics are so bright and beautiful! I enjoy making a lot of Nancy’s projects as I have watched her programs since she started her TV programs, and still go over the old ones on my cassettes! Always fun to do older ideas with new fabrics! Toni

  • Linda Morsberger Tyson
    May 8, 2018

    I would use some additional solid colors to piece with prints to make matching appliance covers, table runner and, of course, towels! Beautiful brightness for the summer!

  • Rebecca Monnin
    May 8, 2018

    Great tutorial and thanks for pattern! I’d make a few towels to give as gifts and also replenish my drawer of towels. The pack would also be great to trim out kitchen curtains to coordinate with the towels. Some potholders would be in the mix as well.

  • Mitzi
    May 8, 2018

    Placemats and towel topers. I have two granddaughters getting married, one in May , one in June. I think placemats & towel toppers would brighten their kitchens , also a gift from Grandma is always special.

  • Pat
    May 8, 2018

    I love the fabrics and would use them for the current “She’s Our Star” BOM quilt .

  • Kay
    May 8, 2018

    Love the Farmhouse Florals. So vibrant!! I’d use the fat quarters to make towel toppers for friends and family. For years I’ve been looking for a pattern that is cute and easy to make. I love the envelope look. I’m off to buy some towels so I can get started. Thanks!!

  • L Watson
    May 8, 2018

    What fun fabric! I could see making a purse with some of that fabric for my daughters. I would also like to make some pot holders, mine are getting worn out, and those colors would be bright and cheery in the kitchen. I have been thinking about making Kleenex holders for myself since the Sewing Weekend in Beaver Dam. I think that would make great stocking stuffers for my daughters and gifts for my nieces also. It’s never too early to get Christmas gifts started!

  • Rochelle
    May 8, 2018

    These are such beautiful and bright fabrics. I can see placemats, a table topper, aprons, mug rugs and a whole lot more projects to make a kitchen or dining are glow.

  • Robin koenig
    May 8, 2018

    It’s a beautiful line of fabric. I have some of it already but hope to find more. I am making a quilt first then from there I haven’t made plans yet.

  • Lorraine
    May 8, 2018

    The fabric collection is fantastic. I already have plans for kitchen gifts (place mats, pot holders, napkins, small appliance covers) for family and friends.

  • M. Allen
    May 8, 2018

    I would love to make some dust covers for my stand mixer, juicer, blender and processor. These prints are beautiful.

  • Eileen horan
    May 8, 2018

    I think I’d like to use the larger flowered materials for Teddy Bears for the children of my friends. Then I’d make some napkins and other table linens from the rest. This line is just beautiful!

  • Edna Marks
    May 8, 2018

    Would make table runner, place mats and other kitchen accessories. Love the colors, so bright and cheerful.

  • Mary
    May 8, 2018

    Oh what lovely fabrics! The possibilities of things to make with them are endless. Thanks for the opportunity to win them!

  • Nancy Taylor
    May 8, 2018

    What a wonderful quick idea for a birthday gift or Mother’s day.
    Nancy Taylor

  • Kathryn Smotryski
    May 8, 2018

    Love the colors. Could use in a Kansas Sunflower pattern…

  • Patricia Hersl
    May 8, 2018

    Looks like little dresses to me! Happy.

  • Patsy Coats
    May 8, 2018

    Drawstring project bags for my knitting.

  • D
    May 8, 2018

    Beautiful floral fabrics! I would make several of the towel toppers that you described. They would make great gifts for my quilting friends. Thank you for the instructions and chance to win.

  • Suzanne
    May 8, 2018

    GORGEOUS colors! I’d use them to make some microwave bowls for our church’s bi-annual Christmas sale (they are always snapped up quickly) and some to make a baby quilt. When a new baby is baptized, my church gives the parents one of the quilts we make as a memory gift.

  • Susan T
    May 8, 2018

    One must not rush a good fabric! I would place these in my stash and wait until I found the right way to honor Nancy. Thank you kindly for the towel pattern. I can’t wait to make some.

  • Esther
    May 8, 2018

    Beautiful fabrics! I’d definitely use the fat quarter pack to make this towel topper, & probably some potholders as well. I have the perfect recipient in mind!

  • Bridget
    May 8, 2018

    I would make a table topper from those beautiful fabrics!

  • Kathy
    May 8, 2018

    I would use this collection to make a table topper. These are the colors of my dining room.

    Nancy always designed such beautiful fabric. And this is one of my favorites. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Bonnie
    May 8, 2018

    What beautiful fabrics! I would love to make a table topper or some placemats with this fat quarter bundle. Thanks for the great kitchen towel topper pattern.

  • Valerie Thompson
    May 8, 2018

    The Nancy Farmhouse floral fat quarter fabric is so homey looking. I think this fabric would look beautiful as a kitchen valence with matching pot holders, appliance covers it has such a country feel and a colorful garden vibe to it. Good luck everyone. And thank you for the chance to win.

  • Shirley Clark
    May 8, 2018

    Those fabrics would make some cute stuff for my kitchen. I use lots of red accents as I have one red wall. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Phyllis
    May 8, 2018

    What a neat towel! I love your ideas and thank you for the free pattern. I’m just learning how to sew with fat quarters. Lots of fun.

  • pamela smith
    May 8, 2018

    I think this fabric collection is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Would love to win and explore all the possibilities. Thanks for the opportunity. Pam

  • Merri Lynn Voss
    May 8, 2018

    A bright cheery springtime quilt would be beautiful out of this fabric. Scraps would make great towel toppers.

  • Mo L
    May 8, 2018

    I love the fabrics but I like to hang my towels on the fridge handle. Could we adapt this for a vertical hang? This horizontal hang would be great for a stove handle.


  • Carol
    May 8, 2018

    The fabrics are really pretty. It is difficult to choose just one project. Such great ideas!

  • Beverly
    May 8, 2018

    I have purchased this fabric collection with plans to make a quilt for my bedroom. They are so lovely!

  • Judy Allen
    May 8, 2018

    I will definitely make the towel toppers and some matching potholders. Lovely colors and prints!

  • Martha
    May 8, 2018

    Patchwork dresses for my granddaughters would be my project with these.

  • Gail Beam
    May 8, 2018

    Some towel toppers for my granddaughter to take to college with her for her new apartment.

  • Debbie
    May 9, 2018

    I have the 2 1/2″ strip set of the Farmhouse Florals and think they are beautiful! I would love to get the fat quarter pack too and start with some kitchen towel toppers. I have a medium tub of towels that I have collected and trying to decide what to do with them (maybe add some embroidery) and this topper pattern sounds perfect!

  • Ellen
    May 9, 2018

    Looks like a GREAT project to start the summer off!

  • Sarah
    May 9, 2018

    I could see making insulated picnic lunch bags, that would be so fun for going to the beach or just fun times in the park!

  • Joanne T
    May 9, 2018

    Thanks, the towel topper and some potholders would brighten up my kitchen.

  • Linda A.
    May 9, 2018

    Looking forward to making some of these as gifts. I’d use the Farmhouse Floral Collection to make some nifty cosmetic bags.

  • Hermina McNeill
    May 9, 2018

    Love to make this into a lap quilt for an elderly friend. The colors would brighten her day!

  • MoeWest
    May 9, 2018

    I’m just painting my kitchen so new kitchen accessories are next on my list.

  • Helen Grantham
    May 9, 2018

    I’d love to make the towels, and a table runner and matching placemats. It is so beautifully bright and cheery.

  • Pam
    May 9, 2018

    Fabrics are so bright and cheery. Towels made from fat quarters would look sweet in my red kitchen

  • Brenda Ackerman
    May 9, 2018

    I would make a beautiful quilt with these spectacular fabrics to begin. Next, I would make up some of these towels. They are really cute and would add such a lovely brightness into my kitchen. I sure appreciate the opportunity to win these fabrics, my mind starts thinking of all kinds of projects to create with them. Thank you for sharing the tutorial for these great towels!

  • Karen
    May 10, 2018

    A quilt would be in the future for these beautiful fabrics.

  • Linda Davidson
    May 10, 2018

    I think I’ll make that towel topper. I have NEVER ever made a buttonhole. This would be a great time to do it! Beautiful fabric collection!

    May 10, 2018


  • Candace Blanton
    May 10, 2018

    Beautiful fabric. I think it would look absolutely awesome in a quilt.

  • Katie F
    May 11, 2018

    I love the fabric in this collection.

  • Melissa
    May 11, 2018

    These fabrics are so sunny and cheerful!!!! Have been away from sewing for quite some time the towel topper would be a great way to get RESTARTED!

  • Rosalyn
    May 11, 2018

    I would love to make some storage baskets from the cheerful fabrics. They would bring a smile for anyone who saw them sitting on a counter or shelf.

  • E. Watson
    May 11, 2018

    I would love to make small zipper pouches and storage totes out of the fabric! I’m looking forward to having some free time this summer so I can work on sewing projects! 🙂

  • judy
    May 13, 2018

    The colors are so bright and cheery. I have always loved the towels that don’t run off. I try to see to it that all of my family has a few at least. I’d like to make everyone their own hot bowl holder too,

  • Linda
    May 14, 2018

    Perfect fabric for some totes or tabletoppers!

  • Patricia Inman
    May 15, 2018

    Always enjoyed watching watching Nancy on TV, learned so much from her.

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