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Free Decorative Oven-Door Dress Pattern

Updated on October 6, 2016
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

This stylish, over-the-oven-door towel is 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 customize, notice the many choices, in colors and prints, of cotton blend fabrics. Plus, there are so many colors, and prints, of towels to coordinate with the fabrics. Use Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentine fabrics for the holidays.

Use patriotic, autumn leaves, spring flowers, and snow scenes fabrics when decorating for the seasons. And, of course, there are fabrics for any theme that your kitchen is decorated in. For instance, apples, grapes, baby themed prints, leaves and farm scenes. A trip to the fabric store will give you many more ideas.

Supplies Needed:

  • 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

Print the Pattern and Cut the Fabric

  1. Print pattern pieces. Notice where the pattern says "on fold" and place it on the fold of your fabric. Exception: As in my example above: When the fabric has a definite direction, be sure to make two pieces of the bodice and add a seam width of fabric where the fold should be.
  2. 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.)

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, press and then sew the ties.

Press a 1/4" seam at top of pockets and sew. Then press around the seam area of the pockets.

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.

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 making sure to sew the ties only where they are pinned. Clip seam curves. Turn right side out and press in place.

Do not sew the neck hole or the armholes.


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.

Sew on Lace Trim

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.


Sew the Bodice to the Towel

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

Towel Halves to the Bodice

Press under the front seam of the bodice and top stitch in place.

Follow the same steps to add the second half of towel to the other back bodice piece.

One 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 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.

Christmas Themed Oven Towel Dress

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

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

Themed Oven Towel Dresses

Whatever your kitchen decorating theme is, you'll be able to find an appropriate fabric print to go with it.

Gifts can be made using the decorating theme of the recipient of the gift.

Seasonal Oven Door Towel Dress

Make oven door towel dresses for the times between the holidays. Use spring, autumn, summer and winter themed fabrics.

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

This is a great craft show item.

© 2014 Loraine Brummer

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      Jo Anne 6 months ago

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

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      Vermella 7 months ago

      I love it I will sure attempt it today

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      Karen from mn 9 months ago

      Will be making some very cute

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      Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      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.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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