Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mending a Burned Towel

Once upon a time I had a cute towel. You can see that towel below.

Once upon a time I was also far less proficient in the kitchen and I burned said towel (and food - but I digress...). You can see the burn and my sad face below.

At the time I thought all was lost, and I'd have to toss the towel, but I couldn't bear to do it. Luckily for me, a few years later (I said I was a project hoarder right?) I took some sewing lessons and learned how to sew with a machine. When I dove in to the pile of mending, I decided I would take a risk on my little towel and see if I could fix it. Luckily, it worked and it was super simple.

Here's what you'll need:

Burned towel (duh)
Spool of ribbon - $3.99 at Michaels
Sewing machine
Coordinating thread

First you'll cut your ribbon to the length you need, plus a little extra to fold under so you get a clean edge.

Next you'll pin that little extra tail to your towel.

Then, tuck in your little pin by folding the ribbon over it. If you'd feel more comfortable getting a crisp edge by ironing, feel free. I just chose to skip that step.

Then you just need to continue pinning down the ribbon all the way across your tea towel. This for me was the hardest part. If you're not careful you could end up with a crooked ribbon.

I bought a ribbon that had a thread accent (I'm guessing that's what that's called?) along the edge so I just lined it up in the center of my sewing foot and used it as a guide to keep my seam straight. You can see a close up of that below.

Now you can go ahead and sew a straight line using that accent as a guide. Remember to reverse your stitch just after you begin to lock in your stitch. Finish your one long straight seam. Easy peasy right? Right. When you get to the end of the towel, sink your needle, lift your foot and turn. This makes sure you don't lose tension. (I hope that's clear. If not, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to correct my explanation.)

Now just repeat the process until you get back down to the other end and remember to reverse and sew over your end to lock it all in before finishing.

When you're done, your seams should be hidden in the accent stitching on the ribbon. Check it out below. (I even surprised myself with this!)

And voila! You've successfully covered your burn with an attractive ribbon accent.

But Scrappy, the hole is still there! You're absolutely right. All I did was cover it on the front. To make sure it doesn't continue to fray, I'm going to pick up some Fray Check at JoAnn's tomorrow to seal it off. Most people won't ever know that hole is back there, except all of you. But you won't tell right? ;)

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