Monday, August 15, 2016

No-Sew Embellished Hand Towels

A while ago, I purchased about 30 hand towels super $1 a piece cheap. My intention was to FINALLY learn how to use my Bernina embroidery machine. That hasn't happened. In the meantime, I've had hostess gifts, teacher gifts and various other gifts that I've needed to give. Those hand towels kept staring at me from the depths of my craft closet every time I opened the door. And then, it hit me.

If I can't sew - isn't there a way to jazz up these hand towels, make them unique and giftable? Let's try a no-sew embellishment!


  • Hand towel, dish towel, or similar
  • Fabric embellishment
  • Heat N Bond
  • Iron
  • wash cloth


  1. Cut fabric embellishment from fabric (I found super cute shell wine bags in the Dollar section at Michael's).

  2. Place a washcloth on an ironing board or tabletop. Place the fabric cutouts face down on the washcloth.
    Hint: Use a washcloth that you don't mind tossing after this project.

  3. Cut a piece of HeatnBond to slightly larger than the fabric embellishments. Place the HeatnBond paper side up on top of the fabric embellishments.

  4. Using a pre-heated iron set on the silk setting, iron for approximately 25 seconds over the HeatnBond. This attaches the fabric embellishment to the HeatNBond.

  5. Choose a spot on the hand towel that you want to place the embellishment. Iron over the spot to prep the towel for the fabric embellishment.

  6. Cut around the fabric embellishment on the HeatNBond, then remove the paper backing from the fabric embellishment. Place the embellishment on the warm area of the hand towel. Iron over the embellishment from approximately 25 seconds.

  7.  Flip the towel over and iron for approximately 25 seconds over the back of the embellishment. This step helps seal the bond between the embellishment and the towel.

  8. Allow to cool before touching.


  1. What a pretty idea! I will have to try this for our guest bath. It needs something pretty and made with love in there. #SITSBlogging

  2. These look great! What a nice and easy way to spruce up some older hand towels!

  3. I love this idea...especially for house guest and since they are so cheap you can give them away or toss them afterwards. #SITSBlogging

  4. Those turned out great! #SITSBlogging

  5. You own a Bernina embroidery machine and you're not using it?! You need to get on that! I bet once you sat down to it, it wouldn't take you more than two hours to figure out. And that first hour is mostly spent watching tutorials on youtube or reading the instruction manual. The second is re-watching them as you follow along. ;) You got this! ...Still, your project looks really great for so little work!

    Stopping by from #SITSblogging!