Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bread Blankets: Flour Sack Towel Tutorial

I have had it in my mind to make these "Bread Blankets" for sometime.  I bake a lot of bread, rolls, and especially our secret family recipe Orange Rolls.  I like to cover my rising dough with a light weight flour sack towel.  The white towels are so plain and boring, so I decided to embellish the towels.  The Clementine fabric from Blend lends itself so well to my orange roll making - so I knew I wanted an orange on the towel.  Since the recipe is my mother-in-law's, I decided to send her one of these Bread Blankets for Mother's Day.  

2 1/2" x WOF strip of fabric for the ruffle
Small pieces of fabric for the appliqué
22" lace
Heat n Bond Lite Fusible appliqué
Flour Sack Towel
Orange pattern, download HERE

When you open your flour sack towels, toss them in the wash and dry them, then press them.  They will be very wonky. 

The towels are much larger than the cookie sheet trays or a bowl of rising dough.  Cut the towel as desired, I cut mine 26" x 20".  Sew a rolled hem on both sides, then sew a rolled hem on the top and bottom.

Cut your ruffle fabric 2 1/2" x WOF

Sew a rolled hem in the bottom:

Gather the fabric using a ruffling foot - or you can gather by hand.

 This will make extra ruffle.  Cut the ruffle 1/2" longer than the towel on each side.  Fold the ends of the ruffle in 1/4" and 1/4" again and sew a little seam.

Pin into place.  You can position your ruffle where ever you like it, of course you can add more ruffles or change up the design.  Stitch along the gathering stitch.

 Pin the lace into place and sew using matching thread.

Print the pattern and trace it onto the Heat n Bond Lite.  The pattern is already printed in reverse.  Iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the orange, leaf, and stem fabric.  Cut out along the pattern line, peel off the backing and press into place.  Outline stitch in black thread 2 times around the shapes.

Perfect for covering a delicious tray of orange rolls!



  1. So lovely! I love this! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Have a wonderful rest of week and weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft