Free Hanging Tea Towel Sewing Tutorial

In this project, we have created some hanging tea towels that have ocean themed embroidery designs on the right and used Perla Premium to digitize an ocean logo on the left. This is a great example of customising your sewing projects with embroidery for personal or business use.


What you will need

Optional to decorate

Buttoned Hanging Tea Towel


Print out and cut the paper pattern.


Cut out the material and the iron-on interfacing.


Iron on the iron-on interfacing onto to wrong side of one of the pieces of material.


Place the right sides of the material together and then pin around the outside of the material.


Sew 1/4″ around the outside, making sure to use the back stitch button at the start and the end.

Cut into the corners making sure not to cut into the stitch line.

Turn inside out, pushing out the corners and iron down flat.


Sew a straight line 1/2″ around the bottom opening. This will be your guide to fold under when you place the tea towel inside.

Change your machine settings to your gather stitch (5mm width), shown below. Make sure to pull the thread out to leave a long end prior to stitching.

Now stitch a line along the top edge of your tea towel. Tie one end of the thread together to ensure its knotted and tight.


On the opposite end now pull the bottom piece of thread to gather up your tea towel.


Gather your tea towel enough so that it will fit inside your tea towel holder.


Place the gathered tea towel inside the tea towel holder. You can secure both ends with a pin and then evenly spread the tea towel inside your holder. Now turn up the bottom edges of the towel holder, where it’s marked with the stitch line. Pin this down, making sure to check underneath is even while you are going.

Now run a straight stitch along the edge of your tea towel holder. Since we want it nice and secure, I ran a second stitch line above the first one. This will ensure it won’t come apart in the wash and is nice and secure. Trim off any excess thread.

I am using some self covered buttons to make the button in the same coloured fabric. To do this, cut out a square of your fabric. Place the button on top and now round the edges of your square fabric so it’s about 2cm wider than the edge of the button, shown below.

One trick to get this perfect is to get a needle and thread and stitch the edges back and forth so that it tucks up over the top of the button. Now you can easily press the edges of the fabric inside the button. Once the fabric is tucked in nice and tight you can place the bottom of the button over it. Press down to secure it in place.

Mark with a pin where you need your button hole to start on your tea towel holder flap.

Now using your Brother Button Foot, place the fabric covered button inside. Attach this to the machine and line up the flap underneath, making sure to take the pin out once you have it in the correct position. Stitch your button hole.

If you are using a seam ripper or scissors, a good trick is to place a pin inside the button hole before it finishes to ensure that you don’t accidentally rip straight through the stitching.


Place your button hole in position where it needs to go. Mark with a pin and then hand stitch your fabric covered button in place.

You have now finished your tea towel holders for your kitchen.

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One thought on “Free Hanging Tea Towel Sewing Tutorial

  1. JESS PEAK says:

    Beautiful result.Thanks for a great tutorial. Your gathering the towel with the machine is a little different to my method, I pleat mine to fit the topper. Getting the most use of the machine, button holder and making the buttonhole also great advice. Many thanks, Jess


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