So back to towels, which dovetails into my learning new techniques on my sewing machine, because... I have attachments!!
FIRST - Get all of my towels in one place and separate them by condition.
Put the good towels away lest they get sucked into the sewing void.
FLOOR MAT Look for the heavier sturdier weighted towels. There were two towels that were heavier and thicker than the rest. One happens to be a hand towel and the perfect size for a floor mat, so that one will stay as is, the other was a white plush towel.
Sometimes the woven side bindings on a towel shrink in the dryer, and the towels end up being a puckered mess, this was the case with this towel, so the first thing to go was the side edges which were serged off.
Then I placed a true floor mat against it for size and decided to go with a bigger dimension.
Then the binding (this is an old sheet I had used as a muslin) cut into bias strips.
Then I joined them together so I would have one long strip, and sewed it to the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. Then it is turned under and stitched in the ditch and trimmed.
Project List -
Face cloth 13" x 13" - (Quantity 4 - blue)
Counter / sink towel - (Quantity 4 - blue with borders)
Makeup towels- for wet and dry - (Quantity 2 - white square)
Dental care mat (maybe placemats)- wet and dry - (Quantity 2 rectangular)
Bath Mat - (Quantity 1 white)
The cut towels with the woven borders will be turned and stitched instead of finished with binding. They are already finished with a serged edge but need the final treatment.
There is a brand of linens called Pratesi, and when I was growing up they made bed linens and towels with a scallop edge bound with a bias tape. It was an easy way to dress up a towel and they were cute. I decided against the scallop and went with a straight edge.
Now even at a discount store the face towels can run into the $4.00 range, and a bath towel just a bit more. If you go to the department stores, they can be $20 and up. Frette which is as close in quality to Pratesi was these days the humble face towel is $27.00. Frette's towels have three embroidered stripes on them, that might be an idea to test out the buttonholer attachment, which supposedly also does embroidery or monogramming. That's a whole other post. So if you were thinking that a coordinated set of towels were not in your budget think again, you can buy a bigger towel and custom cut smaller ones.