How to Make Hanging Oven Towel Dresses

By Sarah Clark ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Dress top template
  • 1 yard fabric
  • Kitchen towel
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
A basic kitchen towel makes the skirt of this decorative piece.

Hanging oven towel dresses are decorative pieces that add a homey touch of kitsch to your kitchen. The dresses feature solid fabric pieces that are made to look like dress tops and gathered skirts that are created from regular kitchen towels. One oven towel dress features two identical dresses that are joined at the shoulder. The back dress is draped over your oven door's handle while the front dress faces out into your kitchen. Bows tied at the sides keep the dress from slipping out of place.

Trace four dress tops using a template onto your fabric with a pencil. Cut out each tracing with scissors.

Hold two of the fabric pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Sew along the sides, sleeves, shoulders and neckline, about 1/4 inch in from the edge. Leave the bottom open. Repeat this step with the other two fabric pieces.

Cut the kitchen towel exactly in half. Gather the cut end of the first towel half together. Fold the open ends of the first sewn dress top in by about 1/4 inch. Insert the gathered top of the towel, then sew along the bottom of the dress top to secure the towel in place. Repeat this step for the other sewn dress top and towel half.

Hold the dresses together with the right sides facing each other. Sew along the sides of each shoulder.

Glue a long length of ribbon across the waist of each dress with the hot glue gun. The ribbons should be long enough to be tied into bows on each side. Trim any excess ribbon.

About the Author

Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.