Home HANDMADE Patchwork Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Towels

I love the look of cotton print appliqués on linen because the textured feel of linen helps the smooth appliqué fabric stand out nicely. Select cotton print scraps that contrast with the color of your linen, then enjoy creating letters to form fun words on your towels! My favorite cotton prints to use for this project are feedsack fabric and small- scale allover prints.

finished size: 19½” 26″ (49.5 66 cm)


materials (fo r 3 towels)
Three 19½” × 26″ (49.5 × 66 cm) rectangles for towel base
Cotton prints, assorted
Thirteen scraps for Breakfast towel
Ten scraps for Lunch towel
Eight scraps for Dinner towel
Three fat quarters for binding tapes [or seven 2″ × 18″ (5 × 45.5 cm) strips]
Three 5″ (12.5 cm) long rickrack tapes

Cotton thread to match assorted cotton prints

Two 12″ × 9″ (30.5 × 23 cm) sheets of fusible web

Basic Quilting Tools

All seam allowances are ½” (1.3 cm), unless otherwise indicated.




Appliqué the fabric scraps
Trace the letters {fig. 1} onto the paper backing of the fusible web.
Cut the three words apart and work with one word at a time. Roughly cut out the individual letters in one word, leaving a small margin of fusible web around the edges.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse a letter to the wrong side of each fabric scrap. Cut out the letters, following the tracings. Remove the paper backing from each letter.

Position the letters on the main linen rectangle, arranging them as shown on page 34 and above right, or as desired. Fuse the letters to the linen.

Using thread that matches or coordinates with each letter, machine-appliqué the letters to the linen. Use a zigzag stitch 1.0 mm wide and 2.5 mm long.

Repeat the same process with kitchen patterns. For the Breakfast towel, appliqué a frying pan, a sunny-side-up egg, and a spatula {fig. 2}. For the Lunch towel, appliqué salt and pepper shakers {fig. 3}. For the Dinner towel, appliqué a pot and a ladle {fig. 4}.

fig. 1


fig. 2 Breakfast


fig. 3 Lunch


fig. 4 Dinner


Finish towels
Make a loop to hang the towel. Baste a rickrack piece approximately 3½” (9 cm) from the top left corner on the wrong side of the linen body.

Create a bias binding tape. To make a bias tape, cut out an 18″ × 18″ (45.5 × 45.5 cm) square from a cotton print fat quarter.

Fold the piece to make a diagonal crease from one corner to another.

Unfold and cut along the folded line.

Right sides together, place one of the triangles on top of the other, aligning straight-grain edges. Stitch along the edge. Press seam open.

Draw lines parallel to short edges, leaving 2″ (5 cm) spacing between each. Make a loop by matching long edges. Make sure that the first line at one edge is matched with the second line at the other edge. Sew along the edge. Press seam open and cut along the drawn lines. This will bind one linen towel.


Fold the tape you just created in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press. Open and fold two long edges toward the folded line.
Press. Make sure that one long edge is aligned with the folded line, but the other long edge is about 1⁄8″–¼” (3–6 mm) away from the folded edge. This will ensure that you will catch the bias tape when you topstitch the binding with the front on top. Press again and unfold.

Place one long edge of the bias strip on top of the linen [the one that is ½” (1.3 cm) from the folded line] next to the middle of a side edge. Leave 2″ (5 cm) margin from the short edge and start machine sewing along the folded line so you are sewing a line that is ½” (1.3 cm) away from the edge of the linen.
When you are about 2″ (5 cm) from the short edge of the binding tape, backstitch and stop sewing the binding tape to the linen. Use a ruler to determine the length needed for a seam on the short ends, and cut off the excess. Sew the short ends together and finish sewing it to the linen. S

Miter and handbaste all four corners on the wrong side of the linen towel.

Topstitch on the binding tape, making sure that you are catching the binding tape on the back as well.

{ note }
You can create a straight-grain tape instead of a bias tape. Just use strips cut on the straight grain. Place the short edge of one strip’s right side on top of the short end of another. Stitch along the seam. Repeat the process to make a continuous binding tape.

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