Scalloped Towel

There's nothing as cheerful as a scalloped edge or border. Reminiscent of cottage life, spring gardens and fresh flowers, scalloped edges provide a whimsical feel to the home, without being too over-the-top or frilly. We love this DIY because it's as economical as it is easy. Most modern dishtowels are extra large, providing us with an opportunity to cut the towel in half, upcycle it and create two custom towels out of just one.

Materials & Tools

  • Cotton tea or dish towel
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • Poster board
  • Ruler
  • Round lid from a spice jar
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Liquid seam sealant
    (available online or at sewing/craft stores)



We used scallop edges here, but you can experiment with all different types of patterns. Play with color and texture by sewing on different types of colored fabric on each end.