Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Dritz Snaps

Add snaps to kitchen towels & keep them in place.

Projects that are functional as well as good looking are always tops on our list. So when we came up with the idea to add a couple of Dritz plastic snaps to ready-made kitchen towels, we just had to share. Better yet, we’re giving you two options when it comes to installing the snaps.  You can sew a coordinating fabric topper to the towel first, or go the no-sew route and simply apply a couple of snaps directly to your towel. Choices!

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps


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The key ingredients for both projects (fabric-topped towels and no-sew towels) are the Dritz plastic snap pliers and plastic snaps. Regardless of which project type you choose, you’ll want to brush up on the installation instructions for the snaps.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Kitchen towels with fabric toppers & snaps

To make the fabric-topped towels you’ll need:

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Open towel and measure width of towel. Divide that measurement by 4. Place towel front side down on work surface, fold each side in the depth of the divided measurement towards the middle. Both edges of the towel will meet in the middle. Press lightly, if desired.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Fold towel in half lengthwise, so bottom edges meet and edges are inside the fold. Baste at ¼” across the top folded edge. Tip: if bottom edges are not completely even, fold so the front of the towel is slightly longer than the back.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Measure basted edge of towel. Add 1-1/4” to that measurement for the cut width of your fabric. Using ruler, rotary cutter, and mat, cut a piece of fabric and interfacing 17” x cut width for fabric topper. Fuse interfacing to back of fabric piece. Press one of the short sides up ½” with Ezy-Hem gauge.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Starting 5/8” in from corners, line up basted edge of towel with raw edge of other short side; front of towel is facing right side of fabric topper and centered. Stitch together with ½” seam. Press seam toward fabric topper.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Fold fabric topper in half, right sides together, so pressed hem and stitching line up. Pin sides. Stitch each side with ½” seam. Trim and grade seams and corners.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Turn fabric topper right side out. Use point turner to push out corners. Press edges. Pin opening so pressed hem lines up with stitching line. Edgestitch to secure. (Tip: Use Stitch Witchery® to close opening before stitching. No pins are required!)

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

On front of fabric topper, mark positions for snaps about 3/4” up and 3/4” in from edge.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Fold fabric topper to back, lining up lower edges. Use the awl that comes in the pliers package to make holes through both layers at marks on each side.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Install snaps in holes following package instructions.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Hang these beauties up and say bye-bye to towels that fall on the floor, or end up in a crumpled pile on the counter. They’re super cute!

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

No-sew snap-top kitchen towels

If you don’t want to do any sewing at all, this is a great option. This project is super easy – it basically requires the installation of a couple of snaps, but it accomplishes the same thing as the fabric-topped towels (keeping your kitchen towels in place). Here is what you need:

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Place towel over oven handle or towel bar and mark desired position of snap on one side of the towel. Be sure to mark front and back of towel. Use ruler to mark position of snaps on other side of towel. Be sure snaps are parallel to each other and the same distance apart on the edge of the towel.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Apply snaps at marks with pliers following package instructions.

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

Same end result … easy to hang, always at-hand!

Sewing Tutorial: Kitchen Towels with Snaps

An easy update to kitchen towels or what? Regardless of which option you choose, you’re adding some real function in the kitchen (no more stray towels!). And the choices you have with fabrics and snap colors really gives you the opportunity to add some personal flair, too.

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Happy sewing!

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