How to Insert a Crocheted Lace Band into a Hand Towel

comments (3) August 18th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres my luxurious hand towel!
A close-up of the towel.
This is before inserting the lace band and edging.
Heres my luxurious hand towel!

Here's my luxurious hand towel!

Photo: jen stern
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I hope you had a chance to check out my post featuring some really talented crafters at the Southern Vermont Craft Festival that I went to a few weeks ago. It was certainly worth the trip...the shopping in Manchester, VT was just a bonus. One of my favorite things to do is to check out all the bath and linen shops, especially the ones with the gorgeous stuff from France. I was in one of these shops when I saw the most beautiful bath towels. Of course, I had to pet them; they were really soft but that's not what made them special. They had crocheted lace bands inserted in them on one end. I checked the price tag—even in an outlet and on sale they were $60.00 (and that was just for the tiny hand towel). This was one of those occasions when I whispered my "I can make that" comment into my mother's ear. She loves it when I do that because it usually means that she has to leave without whatever caught her eyeball. (I always tell her that patience is a virtue. She usually ends up with a J Stern version of whatever I deprived her of!)

Let me show you how easy it is to make these bath towels. If you don't have a guest bath to hang them in, they would make a great gift, or treat yourself! If you want to monogram them, check out How to Create Signature Bath Linens for detailed directions on how to embroider a towel.

Here's What You'll Need:

A bath or hand towel (or both!)
Enough crocheted or embroidered lace to go across your towel(s) twice
Double-sided wash-away sticky tape, such as Wonder Tape
Baby powder
Wash-away marking pen
All-purpose thread to match lace

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Comments (3)

Jen1964 writes: Beautiful! It makes me remember my great-grandmother's crocheted lace-edged pillowcases. There was a ripple or scallop to her edges. Your version sounds like it would hold up really well too. Maybe it'd horrify people, I don't know, but I always believed these beautiful little touches were supposed to be USED in real life, not just stored away for company (although that's nice too as long as they get USED!)!! It's so much nicer to treat family like company when you can.
Posted: 10:09 am on October 23rd
granny474 writes: I will be making this lovelt towel this weekend for house warming gift for a friend who has just moved back into town.
Thank you for sharing your project with us.
Posted: 6:59 pm on August 26th
wynneceline writes: I love this pattern I will be trying this lovely towel. And I will be also sending this pattern to my sister, who is also a crafter. This towel will be perfect for last minute gifts or as house warming gift.
Posted: 1:27 pm on August 23rd
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