DIY Tea Towels with Fat Quarters

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Learn how to make your own DIY tea towels out of a fat quarter of fabric! These are a great easy gift to sew for a friend or family kitchen!

If you need a simple and cute gift idea, look no further! One of my friends recently bought a house, and I wanted to give her a unique and easy-to-make house warming gift.

I had some cotton fat quarters that I’ve been itching to use, and I realized that a fat quarter is about the same size as a tea towel. And who doesn’t need a new, cute tea towel? They get used up so quickly, so it’s always fun to have more!

fat quarter tea towel

I tried out some of my own designs from My Fabric Designs. I used Anchors Away and Lobsters in the Round.

These are designs I made by stamping a piece of paper with some foam stamps I created, scanned it, and manipulated it on my computer. I really love the organic, non-perfect look of stamped fabric.

anchor fabric

Do you love to sew? Try some of these sewing projects:

lobster fabric

Tips to Make your Tea Towels

  • Wash, dry, and press your fabric first! (I didn’t pull my fabric out of the dryer quick enough and had a hard time pressing out the wrinkles.)
  • Make sure your fabric is made from natural fibers, preferably cotton and/or linen. This will insure the best absorbency.
  • Use a print with a white background since that back of the fabric will show. It looks best with a white front and a white back.
  • Use a non-directional print since the longest side will be crosswise. (My anchor fabric is sideways if hung lengthwise.)
  • Finish the edges by serging a napkin rolled edge or sewing a tiny rolled hem. Both are fast and look good! I did a napkin rolled edge with curved corners.
diy tea towel

DIY Tea Towels with Fat Quarters


  • 1 fat quarter of fabric per tea towel – non-directional fabric works best since the tea towel hangs sideways
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine or serger

Wash and dry the fabric first. You don’t want to give a towel that will shrink in the wash. Press the fabric.

Trim any selvedge off. EITHER cut the corners into curves if serging OR leave the corners square if hemming with a sewing machine.

Use a serger and do a small rolled hem on the edges. Trim threads, and it’s done!

Use a sewing machine and do a rolled hem (learn how to sew a rolled hem without a rolled hem foot). Trim threads, and it’s done!

diy tea towel

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

diy tea towel
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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So cute. And what a great idea. I do have a wedding coming up….:)
I need to grab some of that anchor fabric. In a soft baby blanket type of fabric. My sister in law loves anchors and it would be the perfect baby shower gift!