I made some of the half kitchen towels, just like my grand mother used to do by crocheting the top part and adding the button. Thought I would try some with fabric.
First I did measured and cut out my template for the top.
Cut the purchased kitchen towel in half (will make a matching set). Add some gathers to your towel to make the top the size you want.
Don't worry, I have loads of photos as they tell the whole story.
Lay the template on your fabric and cut out two pieces.
Place right sides together, sew around the two sides and the top (leave the bottom open), turn, and press seams. Press the bottom with a 1/2 fold to the inside, leaving you a nice finished edge.
Slide the top of the towel into your opening. Pin and top stitch closed.
The kitchen towel all finished except for a closing, so it will hang on the oven handle or the fridge handle. You can make a buttonhole, or use Velcro - get creative. I used a machine embroidery design from Dakota Decor, Perfect Paisleys - there are two that are very nice buttonholes.
Add a button and finished. On to the next and I now have a set of towels for a gift.
I used sticky backed stabilizer and just hate to throw away a huge piece with a tiny hole. Using some of the sticky paper I pulled away when placing my towel on, I covered the hole with it and was ready to use it again. Reuse and recycle!
Happy sewing and gift making!