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By Donna Flood

Hand Towels Made for Practically Nothing

These small hand towels are made from a fabric that is absorbent  When ever a fabric is on sale for one or another reason I buy it.  The challenge of finding a way to use the fabric is what I enjoy. This darker hand towel is a waffle weave and consequently makes a nice hand towel. 

Cut a rectangle 15 inches by 17 inches. Make a two inch hem at the top. Hem the edges. Crochet around by making a chain and attaching it after you crochet a chain of nine stiches.  Crochet and attaching this chain to the fabric about every one inch on the fabric.  You can go around three sides leaving the top plain.

If you can't crochet at least learn this chain stich. It is so easy I usually teach the children to do this with their fingers.

Make the braid by measuring two feet strands of yarn. Make ten lengths.  You can take one end of these lengths of yarn, put a large safety pin on it and run it through the deep hem on one side of the towel. Double the yarn after you get it through the hem, gather the top of the towel by pulling the yarn tight, and then separate the strands into a set of three and braid it.  Tie the braid off well. This braid is what you will hang the towel on a hook or rack in the bathroom. 

These little towels are easy to make and you will be able to have enough to change your hand  towel often.   I do.  Hand washing and using a clean towel encourages this healthy practice.  The cost of these is practically nothing if you have been careful to pay very little for sale fabric.  Of course, they are nice for gifts, too.

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