This is what the towel will look like after you've added the pleats.
Continue cutting a large rectangle from your fabric approximately three times longer than you want the fabric top of your dish towel to be when it's attached to the oven bar. Since my towel was fairly long, and I wanted a fairly short fabric top, I made mine 12 inches tall, the minimum length that will work. If I were using a traditional dish towel that I had cut into half, I would have made it more like 16-18 inches tall. So your rectangle is 1/2" wider than the measurement of the top of your pleated towel, and three times longer than you want the finished folded fabric top to bed, no less than 12".
Fold a 1" hem up on each short end of the rectangle, wrong sides together & press, as shown above left. Fold rectangle into half lengthwise, with right sides together, so the pressed turned up hems are on top of each other.
Folded into half, right side to meet left edge, as shown above.
Sew a straight line across the top of your folded rectangle, 1/8" from the top.
Open your rectangle, as shown, so that it forms a triangle 'pocket' and your top seam is now down the middle.
Line your still-pinned & pleated towel up with your fabric topper.
Begin inserting the towel into your fabric top. I remove one pin at a time, holding the pleat into place, and then repinning it through all layers of both the towel and the fabric topper. You want to insert a full inch of the towel into the fabric top.
The towel fully inserted into the fabric topper, pinned into place.
Stitch two straight lines across the fabric topper. I leave everything pinned into place and sew over the pins, so it's sure to stay nice & straight without shifting. Since this is something you know is going to be pulled on, make sure that you're catching the towel in both rows of sewing.
Remove the pins & admire your handiwork. You're almost finished!
I used a snap setter I got for Christmas last year to apply snaps to these towels. Your local craft store will more than likely carry this style, which I highly recommend. It is for setting the KAM Snaps that come in a wide variety of colors and 'click' when you snap them closed. For under $30 you can easily get the snap setter tool, as well as several hundred snaps. Sew-in velcro is another great option, and Hobby Lobby carries a lot of different colors that they run half price fairly often (and it's very reasonable to start with).
Fold the top of your triangle over to determine closure (snap or sew-in velcro) placement.
You're finished! Admire your handiwork, and start planning what cute towels you're going to make next!
Enjoy having a nice clean dish towel that stays hanging where you put it! I think these make a great gift that anyone could use, and the possibilities for different 'looks' by changing the towel or fabric top are limitless.