Handmade Holiday — {Easy} DIY Ornament Appliquéd Kitchen or Bathroom Towels [Tutorial + Free Download]


Last year was my very first year having my own home to decorate for the holidays.

I failed miserably.

I honestly only had about two festive decorations in my apartment besides our Christmas tree {which we didn’t get until about a week and a half before Christmas}.

This year, I have DECIDED that things WILL be different. End of story.


So, the first place I decided to start was the kitchen and the bathroom. We don’t have a dishwasher, so kitchen towels are EXTREMELY important in our home. I also had a TON of leftover fabric from the quilt I made for Christmas last year {pictured above}. I decided that the easiest way for me to get a few quick and “festive” decorations around our apartment was to start with some simple appliquéd towels.

The towel featured in this particular tutorial is a bathroom hand towel {yes, I photographed it in my kitchen. My bathroom is beyond tiny and pictures are not possible in there}. However, you can easily use the appliqué download for a kitchen towel, onesie, blanket, and so on.



  • Print the appliqué pattern download HERE.
  • Cut around each ornament and the star.
  • Cut a square of each fabric that is just big enough for each ornament. For me, I had to cut 5 different small squares since I used 5 different fabrics.
  • Iron the Heat-n-Bond to the BACK side of the fabric.
  • Place your ornament cut-out upside down on the PAPER side of the heat-n-bond. Trace it with a pencil.
  • Cut out your ornaments and stars. You need to make one of each ornament and five stars to make this exact towel that I made.
  • Place your towel on your ironing board.
  • Take the paper side off of each appliqué cut out. Place each one with the fabric side UP on your towel. I alternated the stars and ornaments on mine — but you can totally decorate it any way you want!
  • Once you’ve placed your pieces on your towel like you want them, iron them down onto the towel. Because towels are much different than fabric or clothing, make sure that you iron each one for about 10 seconds. That way, your appliqué will be better secured to the material.

For the last step, you may want to make a stitch around each of the ornaments. I have not done this step {yet} for a couple of reasons:

  1. I used Heat-n-Bond “ultra”, which is supposed to be strong enough that you don’t need to stitch around it. However, this makes me very nervous. So, I *might* end up sending it through the washer to see how [towels + appliqués] hold up without stitches around it. Do any of y’all know how this might turn out for me? I’d love to hear from you before I potentially ruin my project.
  2. I have been trying to decide {if I decide to put a stitch around the outside} whether I want to do a fun hand-embroidery stitch around the appliqués -or- if I want to do a basic machine zig-zag stitch around them. ::Decisions Decisions::

I hope y’all enjoy!

Happy Holidays!



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