I want to make a small bath towel

ginjjJuly 16, 2014

I do not like today's towels. They are too big for me. There are smaller ones at Walmart and KMart but they are too thin.

I'd like to buy a nice soft towel and make it smaller.

Is it easy to finish the edges or do I need to put bias tape on it?

I have a 45 year old Singer without fancy stitches.


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The loops unravel ... you would need to use bias tape and even then it might not work.

Have you looked online for smaller towels?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 7:19AM
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I have not looked online for smaller towels. There would be no way for me to feel how soft they were which is as important as the size.

Thanks for the tip about unraveling.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:10PM
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A couple of other ways to try. You could just turn a small, double hem and topstitch with a matching thread, but you'd have to test whether your could fit this thickness under your needle or not.
If it's too thick, you could zigzag all around, then run a stay stitch to the inside of that for extra enforcement. Then trim close to the zigzag.
The binding is probably the best way to go, tho.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 1:32PM
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Thanks for the ideas!

I will look online and try the bias tape if I have to make my own.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 5:22PM
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I have a lot of hand towels/washcloths that are just zig-zagged. Esthetically, they are not much to look at, but they get me dry. They have held up for years.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 7:31AM
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I"l try the zig zag first Eva, thanks!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 11:11PM
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