Crazy Towels

Crazy Towels

Everybody needs towels. Some only need small towels, some need large towels and some need both large and small towels. In short: You can never have enough towels.

However, beautiful towels can be quite expensive. So what about buying cheap or moderately priced towels and embellish them with Crazy Strips (if you haven't read about Crazy Strips yet, go to Technique: Scrap Management: Crazy Strips). If you have the Crazy Strips ready, a towel can be finished in very little time and would make a perfect last minute present for spontaneous dinner invitations or when it is December 23 and the shops are already closed...

Materials needed:

  • simple hand or shower towels
  • finished Crazy Strips (length = width of the towels + 2 x 1/2" or 2 x 1.5 cm
  • lightweight double sided fusible interfacing that sticks even before ironing (e. g. Steam a Seam)
  • rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat
  • embroidery thread
  • iron and ironing board
  • a piece of baking parchment
  • scissors
  • pins (optional)

Pile

Assembly

  • Prewash the towel at the recommended temperature.
  • Cut a Crazy strip that is 2 x 1/2" or 2 x 1.5 cm longer than your towel is wide.
  • Cut strips from the double-sided fusible interfacing that are the same width as your Crazy Strips (in our case 2 1/4" or roughly 5.7 cm) and the same length as your towels are wide .

Strip and interfacing

  • Remove the paper backing on one side of the double-sided fusible interfacing, place it sticky side down on the left side of the Crazy strips leaving 1/2" (1.5 cm) free on each end of the strip. Press the interfacing firmly down WITH YOUR FINGERS or HANDS ONLY. DON'T USE YOUR IRON AT THIS STAGE!

Interfacing attached

  • Remove the other paper backing.

Overlap edge

  • Place the now sticky Crazy Strip carefully on your towel. The Crazy Strip should be parallel to the edges of the towel. If the towel has a weaved in border, use this as a guide and place the strip over the border.
  • Fold in the strips at each end so that the fold in the strip aligns with the edge of the towel. Pin if necessary.

Strip on towel

  • When you are sure that you are satisfied with the placement of the Crazy Strip, attach it permanently by ironing. Lay a piece of baking parchment over the towel to prevent interfacing sticking to your iron.
  • Stitch over the raw edges of the Crazy Strip with a dense satin stitch. We used a glossy variegated embroidery thread for this purpose.

Zigzag

  • If you find it necessary, sew the folded ends of the Crazy Strip to the towel using an 'invisible' hemstitch and coordinating thread.