I joined a website called National Sewing Circle. They have lots of videos about sewing techniques and sewing projects. Last month, they started a sewing challenge with a new project every week for 9 weeks. The first was a felt coaster project, which I didn’t do because I don’t need any coasters. The second was adding your own embellishments to towels. This project you could certainly make as simple or as complicated as you like. The basic idea is to add lace, ribbon, or a stripe of contrast fabric to the towel of your choosing. I picked up this simple striped kitchen towel from the dollar section at Target and I already had this multi-shaded pink polka dot ribbon in my collection. I put the two together in about 5 minutes.
You simply cut your embellishment to the width of the towel, plus a little extra to turn under at the ends. Next, line up the embellishment, in this case the ribbon, where you want it on the towel. If you have the type of hand towel with the stripe across it, that can help you line things up. In this case I measured from the bottom and pinned the ribbon in place to keep it straight. Remember to turn under the short edge of your embellishment to have finished edges.
Edge stitch with a straight stitch, zig-zag, or decorative stitch of your choice along both long sides and both short sides to hold the embellishment in place.
Voila! You are done.
Get creative! Add layers of ribbons or lace, use pom-pom trim, add a stripe of fabric, add an applique or embroidery, or add whatever your fancy leads to some up with.
If you want some inspiration, head on over to Pinterest. Here is a search I ran for DIY Embellished Towels that came up with over 200 pins.