Cute as a Button Flour Sack Towels Tutorial

Several months ago, I bought a set of flour sack towels from Cost Plus World Market.  They are about $5 for a four-pack.  While you can’t beat the price, these towels tend to be a little boring.  However, in my humble opinion, they are the absolute best for drying dishes.  So, I loaded them up in my cart and off I went.

However, after giving it some thought, I realized that these flour sack towels could serve double duty.  They could be useful and beautiful.  So, I got to work to make it happen!  The answer…ruffles.
Ruffled Kitchen Towel


Four-pack of flour sack towels

White Ribbon

Beige Ribbon

Five Buttons


First, because flour sack towels tend to be absolutely huge, I started by cutting it down to an average kitchen towel size.

I used one of my cute kitchen towels as a guide for cutting, allowing enough room for seam allowance.
Cut Flour Sack

Then, I folded over the raw edges 1/4 inch and pressed them with an iron.  I folded the edges over 1/4 inch again, pressed them again, and then stitched them to form finished edges.
Hemmed Edges

Then, I used the leftover scraps of fabric I had just cut to make two ruffles.  The dimensions of my fabric for the ruffles were about  3 1/2″ x 31″.   (I ended up putting three ruffles on my towel so I cut that dimension from another flour sack.)
Cut Ruffle Pieces

Before sewing the stitches for the ruffle, I made sure to pull on the thread so I had some extra length to work with when gathering the ruffle.  I set the sewing machine on it’s longest stitch length.
Pull Thread Before Sewing

Then, without reversing to lock in the stitches, I sewed straight across the top of the fabric 1/4 inch from the edge.  I repeated with another straight stitch 1/4 inch directly below the first stitch.  The fabric looked like this.
Ruffle Stitches

There will be four threads in total coming off the left side of the fabric.  Pulling on just the two top threads, I began to cinch my fabric together, being careful not to pull too hard which could break the thread.
Pull Thread to Cinch

Cinch Ruffle
After gathering the fabric into a tight ruffle, I placed it on top of the towel and began to spread it out again until it was the width of the towel, trying to evenly space the ruffle folds.  Then, I pinned the ruffles to the towel.
Pin Ruffle to Towel

Before sewing, I pinned a piece of finish ribbon to the top ruffle to hide the raw edges and provide a clean, crisp edge.
Pin Finish Ribbon

Then, I sewed the ruffles in place with a simple straight stitch.
Sew Ruffle

For just a little touch of color, I layered on another cotton ribbon (that I found with my wrapping paper ribbons).  I sewed right along the edges so that the ribbon would stay flat on the fabric and look nice even after washing.
Sew Ribbon on Towel

Finally, I sewed the buttons on for a fun accent.
Sew Buttons on Towel

Here she is…ready for display.

Flour Sack Towel

Best of all, the dressed up flour sack towel can even venture outside of your kitchen. It makes a beautiful accent towel in the bathroom as well.
Rufffled Accent in Bathroom

Now that she’s all cuted up, I can’t bear to use her for dishes!

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67 thoughts on “Cute as a Button Flour Sack Towels Tutorial

  1. These are adorable and I love the idea of where to purchase the flour sack tea towels. I just discovered your site last night and it is already one of my favorites. I am a just getting started in the blog world. I wonder if you would consider letting me interview you and we could feature one of your projects on my blog Deliciously Inspired. There would just be a few questions. I enjoy learning and sharing where others find their inspiration. Have a sweet day.

  2. Hello,
    I’m visiting from the hop. These towels are beautiful. Great idea. I’m your new follower. Hope you will visit my blog and hopefully follow back.

  3. I love pretty kitchen towels and these are so cute! I agree that the flour sack towels are the best for drying. I usually embroider them to make them fancy, but this is another fun idea, I especially love the buttons!

    • Thanks Lisa! I have to admit that I have it hanging in the kitchen “just for looks”! I can’t bear to wipe my greasy dishes with it.

  4. This towel is adorable! I love the ruffles and the rustic look with the ribbon. The few buttons were the perfect embellishment for this! This would be a wonderful gift. Great post. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  5. Soooo cute! My sewing machine just went belly up, and I am decided if I want to replace it. Baking is my thing, not sewing :) Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  6. Visiting from Embracing Change Link up party. These are so darn cute. I going to pin this so when we get moved into my new farmhouse, these would be great for my new kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hopping over from the hop! That is just the cutest towel! I love buttons and ruffles! As soon as I saw this I envisioned some towels made with pastel buttons in the shape of bunnies and eggs for Easter! Since I have been working on Spring and Easter crafts that’s all that is on my mind. :) I use feedsack towels all the time….they dry the best! When they get ragged I use them for dusting and cleaning mirrors and windows, and lots of crafty things! They make great flowers with blingy centers. Greatest invention of fabric evea!

    Love your blog! I’m a new follower too! Come visit us at the cottage. We’re a bit new but would love the visit!

    Have a great weekend!

    • I’m so glad you like the towel. A towel with buttons in pastels sounds darling. I’ll be sure to visit you at the cottage. Have a great weekend.

  8. This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing this on the Domestic Superhero Thursday link party! I would love it if you could add my button or a link somewhere!

    • I’m so sorry I didn’t put your link down. Thanks for letting me know. It was a complete oversight. I just put you at the top of the list to make up for it! Have a great weekend!

  9. These are so adorable! I love the simple colors and ruffles…precious! Thanks for linking to our Spring Hop. Be sure to add us to your amazing list of link parties. :) Lisa~

  10. I LOVE this towel! Great idea! Im going to do a version of this in my Powder room that i am in themprocess of redoing. I’m going to begin to follow you now. I just found you. Thanks! :)

  11. Oh wow Natalie! They look GREAT!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

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  13. Oh my goodness! Where do I start? 1. Love your blog name! 2. Love your blog! 3. So glad I found you! 3. your Flour sack towel is so chic and stylish! 4. Thanks so much for sharing your fantabulousness at project inspired linky party! Following you and pinning your tute to our group linky party board!! :D

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  15. I was looking at buying new kitchen towels at Williams-Sonoma (so crazy expensive!!) and realized I like flour sack towels much more anyway, so there has to be a way to jazz them up. I just came across your post on Pinterest and absolutely love it! It turned out so cute and your tutorial makes me feel like I could actually do it :). I’ve never sewed ruffles before, but I’m going to give it a shot. Thanks for the great idea and explanation!!

  16. August 06, 2013 I just found your site as I was browsing to see ides for decorating flour sack towels. I was amazed with your wonderful ruffled towel!!! Bravo!!! I do not have a website and am limited with computer skills, as I do not know how to navigate Facebook & Twitter. But I would like to follow you. Do I go to Sophisticated Yellow?

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