We have been working on updating our vintage camper.
I found some gingham fabric a few weeks ago
that matched my new camper decor.
When I saw first saw it,
I knew I needed to use my retro camper pattern
to make a ruffled tea towel.
Here’s how I sewed the ruffled tea towel.
DIY: Ruffled Tea Towel
Cut your tea-towel fabric:
Figure out what size you want your finished towel.
Add one inch in each direction for seam allowances.
Cut two pieces of fabric with these dimensions.
I made mine 21″ x 27″.
One piece is for the front and one is for the lining.
For the ruffle, double the width you want the ruffle and add 1/2″.
I wanted my ruffle 1 1/2″ wide, so
I made my ruffle 3 1/2″ wide by 60″ long.
Appliqué your design:
Appliqué your design onto one of the large rectangles.
I used this retro camper punch needle pattern.
Instead of punching it, I used the pattern to cut out applique pieces.
I added a tongue to it with black rectangles
and the words Happy Camper.
I used Marker Felt font for the letters.
You can download the letters I used here:
Be forewarned – the letters are pretty small and tedious to cut!
Sew the Ruffle:
Fold the ruffle in half right sides together, so it is 1 3/4″ x 60″.
Sew a seam down each end.
Turn the ruffle right sides out and press.
Sew a gathering stitch down the long raw edges.
Gather the ruffle.
With the raw edges together,
pin the ruffle to the right side of the bottom of the appliquéd towel.
Start and end the ruffle about 1/2″ in from the side edges of the towel.
Right sides together, pin the towel lining to the towel
along the bottom.
Sew the bottom seam.
Press seam and make sure your ruffle looks good.
Finishing the Ruffled Tea Towel:
Right sides together, sew around the top and sides of the towel
leaving an opening for turning.
When you sew the side seams, don’t get the ruffle caught in the seam!
Turn, press, and hand sew the opening closed.
Hang up your towel and enjoy!