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How to Sew a Decorative Oven-Door Dress: Free Pattern

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

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Why should I make an oven-door towel?

This stylish over-the-oven-door towel can make a handy and decorative addition to your kitchen. The vintage-style dress is easy to assemble and is an appreciated gift. The dress towel is finished on both sides, so you can make a quick change if one side gets soiled.

This dress towel is so easy to make your own. Here are a few features you can customize:

  • Colors
  • Prints
  • Cotton-blend fabrics
  • Towels to coordinate with the fabrics.

If you want to make a themed towel dress, here are a few ideas you can use for inspiration:

  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Valentine's Day
  • Patriotic holidays
  • Seasons: autumn leaves, spring flowers, snow scenes
  • Something that matches your kitchen

A trip to the fabric store will spark your creative juices, so I hope you get inspired and try to make this craft!

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What You'll Need

  • 1/3 yard fabric
  • 1/3 yard lining
  • Six 5/8” buttons
  • Embroidery floss
  • Twenty four inches of 5/8” lace
  • Bodice (Pattern)
  • Ties and pocket (Pattern)
  • Terry dishtowel
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1. Print the Pattern and Cut the Fabric

Print the pattern pieces. Notice where the pattern says "on fold" and place it on the fold of your fabric. An exception (as in my example above) would be when the fabric has a definite direction. In this case, make sure to make two pieces of the bodice and add a seam width of fabric where the fold should be.

With the bodice pattern on the fold as indicated, cut the bodice from the fabric and the lining. Cut four ties and two pockets from the fabric. My example doesn't show the lining piece of the bodice, but it is needed.

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2. Press and Sew the Ties and Pockets

Press the tie seam allowance (1/4”) across one end and both sides. Fold the ties in half lengthwise, and then press and sew the ties. Then, press a 1/4" seam at the top of the pockets and sew. Make sure to press around the seam area of the pockets.

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3. Place the Ties

Pin the ties to the right side of the bodice as indicated on the pattern. You can baste them in place if you want.

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4. Sew the Lining

Position the right side of the lining to the right side of the outer fabric. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew the sides of the bodice. Make sure to sew the ties only where they are pinned. Clip the seam curves. Turn it right-side out and press it in place. Do not sew the neck hole or the armholes.

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5. Cut the Towel

Cut the dish towel in half horizontally. Stitch across the cut edges with long running stitches. Pull a thread on the towel to make it fit the front bodice opening.

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6. Sew on Lace Trim and Pin Towel to Bodice Lining

Attach lace to the raw edge of the bodice sleeves, turning under the ends. Attach lace to the raw edge of the neckline, making sure to catch the outside fabric and the lining, and turning under the ends of the lace. Pin the wrong side of the towel to the right side of the bodice lining.

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7. Sew the Bodice to the Towel

Sew the wrong side of the towel to the right side of the bodice lining.

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8. Press the Towel Halves to the Bodice

Press under the front seam of the bodice and top stitch it in place. Follow the same steps to add the second half of towel to the other back bodice piece.

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9. Add a Pocket and Buttons

Position the pockets one inch from the right edge of the towel and 3 ½” down from the top of the towel. Stitch them in place.

Attach three buttons with 6 strands of embroidery floss on each side of the bodice. Run the needle with the embroidery floss down through the button and back to the top and tie in a double knot. Clip the floss, leaving about an inch attached beyond the knot you have tied.

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Christmas-Themed Oven-Towel Dress

There are so many beautiful Christmas prints, solids and plaids to make these dresses. This means that no matter how many you make, they will all be unique.

I love the snowman prints to display all winter as well as before and after Christmas.

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Seasonal Oven Door Towel Dress

I've made many of these oven-door dresses. I've tried using denim and solid-colored fabric with printed kitchen towels. All of them turned out beautifully.

This is also a great craft show item, so I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

Questions & Answers

Question: How do I attach the oven-door dress to the oven door handle?

Answer: Slip the dress over the door handle at the shoulder. Then, the front and the back tie at the waist. There is a bodice and towel skirt on each side of the oven door handle. This also makes the oven towel reversible because each bodice is finished with lace and buttons.

Question: I made this and like it except for the raw edges of the neckline showing. Did I miss something in the instructions?

Answer: The lace is stitched to cover the raw edges, but if you would like a cleaner look, you could enclose the edge in bias tape. Then leave that as the finished neckline, or add lace also.

© 2014 Loraine Brummer

Would you make an oven towel dress? or leave a comment

Katherine Johnson on August 14, 2020:

I would make the oven towel dress.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 26, 2019:

Under the heading “What you need” you’ll find the highlighted words “pattern” behind the word bodice.. Click on the word and you’ll get the pdf to print.

Dickens and Longfellow on November 21, 2019:

where is the pattern to print?

Patsy miller on November 08, 2019:

Great ideas thanks

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on May 10, 2018:

In the "What You Need" list, click on the highlighted "Pattern" word for either the bodice or the tie and pocket. If you want the pattern in a new tab, right click on the word "Pattern" and choose " Open link in new tab."

Thanks for wanting to make the oven door towel, they are quite easy to make once you've made one.

Connie on May 09, 2018:

I'm very embarrassed, but where is the pattern so I can print it out?? Thanks

Jo Anne on April 26, 2017:

I have made this similar dress pattern with lace around the neck and arms. Will try some different ones that I have seen.

Vermella on April 18, 2017:

I love it I will sure attempt it today

Karen from mn on February 13, 2017:

Will be making some very cute

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 11, 2014:

Thanks for stopping by, peachpurple, and I'm sure you'll love the oven towel. I've made many of them and every one has turned out cute.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 11, 2014:

i sure am going to make this towel. Cute and a darling