DIY Ruffled Towels Tutorial

Decorated Ruffled Kitchen Towels to match your room decor or use for the holiday season.  These ruffled towels add a beautiful decoration to any room.  Dress up old towels or plain towels with this easy DIY Towel Tutorial.

This tutorial is for beginners to advanced.  Even if you have never sewn, you can do this!  It’s sew easy!


I wanted to dress up some plain towels for Easter, so I purchased some fun Easter fabrics and rickrack from Joann’s.

Prewash your fabric and towels before sewing them so they don’t shrink afterwards.

First, gather up your towels and fabric you want to use for the ruffle, along with any other decorative notions such as rickrack or lace.

Pick out the color of thread you will need that matches your fabric and notions.

DIY Ruffled Towels supplies

Now, let’s measure the fabric. Measure the length of the towel you are going to sew your ruffle on.

Next, measure your ruffle fabric.  You will double the length of your ruffled fabric to the length of your towel.  So if your towel measures 24 inches across, your ruffle fabric will be 48 inches.

Next, measure the width you want your ruffle to be.  I measured mine 5 inches.  So your ruffle fabric would be 48 inches long and 5 inches in width.


If your ruffle fabric is not long enough to double, cut two pieces of fabric and sew them together to get the full 48 inches long.

Next, hem one end about 1/4 inch.

If you have to sew two pieces together to get the full 48 inches, put right sides together and sew as shown.


Now take the other long end and hand sew long straight stitches. I used embroidery thread for this step.  Be sure to tie a knot in the end before threading through the fabric.


Now, pull the thread so that it pulls the fabric together creating ruffles, then pin it to the wrong side of your towel, wrong sides together.100_6788

Be sure to fold both ends of your ruffled fabric 1/4 inch in so it will create a nice little hem  on each end when your finished. (as shown above)


Take it to your sewing machine and sew onto your towel.

Don’t forget to backstitch!

Add your lace by pinning it in place.

Towel 1

Be sure to fold over the raw edges as shown below.  Next pin your rickrack and sew in place.

Towel 2

Congratulations!  You did it! 🙂

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