Embellished Towels

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in bathroom, crafts, sewing | 8 comments

My grandmother made most of my clothes growing up.

She’d get in the mood to sew and call my mom and we’d meet up at the fabric store.

We’d flip through the pattern books…pick out a couple…and start looking for fabric.

We’d stack the bolts of fabric in the cart and head towards the trim.

My grandmother loved trim.

She’d add lace and ribbon and rick rack.

I loved the rick rack the most.

And when I was picking out these trims to embellish these towels…

…I couldn’t help but remember those visits to the fabric store.

And I couldn’t resist the rick rack.

Sweet memories. 🙂

Embellished Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle

Embellished Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle


hand towel




sewing machine

Embellished Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle

Cut each of the trims a bit longer than the towel.

Embellished Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle

Burn the edges of the trim to keep them from unraveling.

Embellished Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle

Sew the trim down.

Embellishing Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle

Wrap the ends around to the back and sew them down.

How to Embellish Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle

Have fun arranging them!

Embellished Towels @ DaisyMaeBelle

It usually took about 3 days…and we’d drive over the my grandmother’s…and I’d try on all of my new clothes.

I remember the teachers calling my up to their desk so they could see my new outfits.

My grandmother was an excellent seamstress…but I think it was those trims that made the difference!

Life to the full!


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  1. I adored your story! What great women raised you! And I’m so making these after digging out my trim!Thanks for sharing!

  2. And that’s what is so important about trips to the fabric store, etc. They’re not just a trip to the fabric store – they are a memory in the making to cherish for a lifetime!

    Great towels!

  3. What a wonderful story. And a memory of your grandmother/mom/you that you will always have.

    My mother made all my clothes and she was big on rick-rack, too, but not much on lace or any other embellishments. xo Diana

  4. So pretty, great eye for combining the trims. My favorite is middle trim, all the pretty colors, I’ll have to look for some like that. I change my mind on colors too often so multicolored would be perfect. I have some towels could use some prettying up for summer.
    Isn’t it wonderful to have those great memories. They’re things you’ll never forget.
    I have memories like that with my Mom and one aunt. She was a professional seamstress, learned so much from her,loved it when her/uncle moved to Tucson for few years. Some of my best memories are of being in their house in Akron, OH before I was 10 yrs. old, we moved to Tucson after I was 10.
    Loved their old fashioned attic and their house with big front porch out in country. My Mom’s family had a huge acres garden they all worked. Nothing like a tomato right out of the ground. Think every time we went to aunts house she was baking or had baked from scratch bread, ah that fragrance.
    Aunt/Uncles oldest son lived on other side of the garden. I had lots of cousins around all the time, loved it. Was hard when we moved to Tucson, must have been really hard on my Mom to be away from her family. Sorry, once I get going with memories more pop up.
    Love your springy decorated towel, will make any bathroom prettier. Happy week

  5. What a great story! Love that towel!

  6. Such a fun project! My Grandmother sewed most of my clothes, and she would have loved this!

  7. Burn the edges…why did I not ever think of that? These just look adorable! I would love to have you join us for Centerpiece Wednesday linky party where tons of bloggers share their creativity, recipes, DIY projects and more…come on over and see and share with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/04/centerpiece-wednesday.html

  8. So adorable Melissa!! I love these, pinned!


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