Easy Kitchen Towel Makeover


My new sewing machine arrived this week!  While I wait for a day off so I can really get to know it, I wanted to do a quick, instant gratification kind of craft.  I dressed up plain cotton kitchen towels by sewing on fabric ribbons.

Easy Towel Makeover

Cheerful new towels in a matter of minutes — Win!

I bought the ribbons at M & J Trimming in the garment district in NYC.  Look at this selection!

M&J Trimming

That’s just one tiny little section of the store!  By all means visit them online, but if you ever get a chance to walk into the store, DO IT.  (Yes, I’ll be going back.)

My new kitchen towels make me feel like spring is right around the corner and as a bonus they make me think of a great trip to New York.  And of my next trip, too!



I’m not a girly-girl, in fact I’ve always considered myself a tomboy.  But there’s just something about floofy tutus that gets me.

Tutu #1

I made four tutus for my littlest nieces.  They’re simple and inexpensive to create, but do take a good chunk of time.  (Well, four of them sure did!)  But look how pretty they are just sitting around your house.

Tutu #1 Finished

Or even on your head.

Oh Yeah. Like You Don't Stick a Tutu on Your Head and Play Bride.

It’s just too difficult to have a tutu in the house and not slap it on your head and play bride.  Don’t even try it.

And they have got to be about the easiest gift of all to give – just toss them in a basket and they’re a riot of tulle and ribbons!  Perfect just as they are, no need for the slightest embellishment.


If you’d like to try making tutus, you just need to cut and stitch together a piece of elastic to fit your little ballerina’s waist, then loop lengths of tulle and ribbon all around.  A woodland fairy likes an unkempt, random look, while a classical ballerina will want hers more precisely groomed.   If you’d like step by step instructions with photos, CutOutAndKeep.net has a nice Tutu Tutorial.

Ladybug Tutu

I hope your little ballerina/fairy/ladybug appreciates it!

Update: If you’d rather buy a tutu than make one, this Etsy shop has some really beautiful tutus!