Friday, June 4, 2010

Monogrammed Towel Wrap

I found this cute towel wrap for a steal at Sam's Club a few weeks ago, and snapped it up as a graduation gift for my cousin, who graduates from high school in a few weeks.

I wish I could take credit for the towel wrap, but it came this cute. Ruffle and bow and all! All I did was add the monogram:

I LOVE to applique, and I decided to try something new this time. Instead of using a blanket stitch (like my Gramma taught me!) I decided to try a zig zag. I've had my eye on it ever since seeing some of Heather's cute applique over at Olive and Ollie.  

I set my stitch length to 0.5 and left the stitch width up at 3.5, which is my machine's natural zigzag setting.  Lessons learned:
  1. It is a totally different look than the blanket stitch.  I love the way it adds a lot of depth to the letter.
  2. It seems like it will be a lot more secure than a blanket stitch in holding the letter onto something that is bound to be washed a lot.
  3. Doing corners is ridiculously hard. Or probably really easy - I'm just not sure how?
  4. You should never try a new sewing technique for the first time on terrycloth.  What was I thinking??
All in all, not too shabby! This would be a super easy towel wrap to make, especially if you found a huge towel at Homegoods or a similar store.  You could just chop off one end, and re-attach it as a ruffle, and some velcro and elastic to the top and tie on a cute ribbon.

Or you can buy it at Sam's already "cuted" up and just add the letter...


  1. An adorable gift. Adding the mongram makes it very special. Your cousin will love it!

  2. those were the best graduation gifts i ever got, and even updates one since i've been an "adult"

    wish I knew how to applique, but i'm so new to my sewing machine!

  3. A ruffle towel...simply adorable! Love the addition of the monogram. What a fabulous gift! Hope you have a great weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  4. Love this idea! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you are having a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  5. This is so adorable! Love the ruffle. I could be covered in ruffles, and that would still not be enough ruffles for me.


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