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Scalloped Hand Towel – Free Pattern and Tutorial

Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your home, and we have the perfect project! Kimberly made some cute and quick scalloped hand towels and we decided to share the pattern. This FREE downloadable pattern is easily customizable and will look great in a wide variety of prints! Let’s make some towels!

To make this towel, you will need 1/4 yard of fabric for your scallops, 1/4 yard of fabric for your binding and accent strips, the 1″ Quick Points Scallop Ruler (currently 20% off), 1″ Quick Points Scallop Pusher (currently 20% off), Jillily Appli-Glue, and one standard hand towel. Download the FREE PDF Pattern for detailed instructions and watch our tutorial video for a closer look at how the Scalloped Hand Towel comes together.

Start with your scallop fabric, and trim to a 7″ by width of fabric strip. Fold in half with right sides together.

Next, using the 1″ Quick Points Scallop Ruler, trace the scallop border on one edge of the ruler across about 19″ of your fabric strip and draw a line from the edge of the scallop to the end of the strip.

Sew approximately 1/4 inch from the drawn line. Watch the video to see how Kimberly demonstrates the “one stitch over” between scallops – this will help greatly when turning your scallops back out. Trim between the drawn line and stitch line. When cutting your scallops, be careful to snip right to the stitch line, not through it!

Turn right sides out and finger press. Then use the Quick Points 1″ Scallop Pusher to press and iron each scallop. Leave the Scallop Pusher inside the fabric and iron on top to form the scallop shape.

Trim the scallop unit 4 1/2″ away from the scallop.

Now, it is time to assemble the binding and accent strip! Cut your fabric into three 2″ x Width of Fabric strips. Join two strips together end to end on the diagonal for the binding. The remaining strip will be the accent strip. Fold each long edge of the 2″ strips towards the center and press to make 1″ finished bias tape. P.S. you can use the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker to save time!

Let’s put it all together! First, lay the Scallop Edge Unit on the towel, fitting as many full scallops on it as you can. Cut off the excess 1/4″ away from the left and right edge of the towel.

To close the scallops back up, flip the unit with right sides together and sew the ends together with a 1/4″ seam, backstitching at the beginning and end, and flip back out.

Draw a line on your hand towel 3 1/4″ from the bottom and use a thin line of Appli-Glue right below your drawn line.

Glue the scallop unit to the towel and glue between the two layers to keep in place.

Glue the binding strip around the towel, starting 1/8″ below the top of the scallop, gluing on the front and back and mitering the corners. Kimberly used Clover Wonder Clips to helpkeep it in place until she set the glue with the iron.

At the end, cut 1/8″ below the top of the scallop edge.

Lay the Accent Strip on the towel, overlapping the edge of the scallop and glue together. Use pins to mark the top of the strip.

Line up the strip across the back of the towel, fold the edges under to hide the raw edge, and glue in place.

Sew the Accent Strip 1/4″ away from the edge using a walking foot, 2.5 stitch length, and matching thread.

Sew the Binding Strip to the towel using a walking foot, 2.5 stitch length, and matching thread.

Your towel is now complete!

These Scalloped Hand Towels come together in a snap and make fantastic gifts! Make one for yourself and one for a friend!

What do you think of this tutorial? Do you plan to make a towel or two? Be sure to subscribe to the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube Channel for more tutorial videos and project ideas!


  1. Kimberly, I have these rulers, I just love this project, you did a perfect job making this and directions are so clear! I love using the Appli Glue,I have that and use it but I never thought of using it like you have on this project. Just love it! Well done! Look forward to many more.

  2. I have made decorative towels for kitchen and thought my method was easy but this tutorial is easier. I am sold on the ruler and glue. I have not used this glue and it seems it is the perfect solution for holding the fabric before sewing (eliminating the need of the third hand). Love this tutorial, can't wait to give it a try this weekend (need to get ruler, towels and glue). Thanks

  3. I sew enjoy watching your videos! Your smile is contagious & your hands are always in control of what you're doing as well as where your equipment lies. Is it as easy as you make it look or is someone there handing it to you? Could you give lessons on how to be so organized? And what's that new little iron you've got?Does the towel tail under the ruffle get cut off?

  4. Another fantastic video/tutorial, Kimberly. You are amazing and so motivational! Thank you for all the time and effort that you and the FQ team put into these fantastic tuts!

  5. I cannot wait to make some of these. The scallop rulers are wonderful. I have never used the glue so I look forward to trying it. As always, thank you for the tutorials!

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