35+ Clever Dish Towel Craft Ideas

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Saving a pretty dish towel for something crafty? Here are a bunch of ideas to get your creative juices flowing, many requiring just a few supplies and simple sewing. You’ll notice a few of these projects have been featured previously on Tipnut but there are plenty of new goodies too, I’ll be adding more to this list as I come across them. Enjoy!

mmmcrafts.blogspot.com

mmmcrafts.blogspot.com

Anthro Pillows: Tutorial shows how to make lovely pillows from both napkins and tea towels.

Bib: Edges are finished with bias tape. Bib template download included. Also see this project that uses ribbing to make these (pulls over head).

bkids.typepad.com

bkids.typepad.com

realsimple.com

realsimple.com

Dog Toy: Three are braided together to make this puppy pleaser.

Picnic Flatware & Holder: This holds four 6-piece flatware sets and four plates. Also see this picnic roll.

instructables.com

instructables.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Pretty Teatime: Instructions for making little quilted coasters or mats for tea, also instructions for making a tea cozy (with template download).

Sewing Machine Cover: Keep your sewing machine dust-free with this quick & easy project.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

artsycraftybabe.typepad.com

artsycraftybabe.typepad.com

Potholder: Clever folding and simple sewing is all it takes to make this crafty potholder.

Coin Purse Keychains: Zipped and holds a key ring.

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

Bathrobe: This toddler sized bathrobe is cheap to make.

Drawstring Shoe Bag: You’ll need a bit of cord or ribbon and twill tape.

curlypops.blogspot.com

curlypops.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

Wallet For Boys: Supplies include a strip of velcro and fusible interfacing.

Curtains: Super easy to make, simply stitch on little ornaments and add clip-on cafe curtain rings.

westcoastcrafty.wordpress.com

westcoastcrafty.wordpress.com

whatsthatgonnabe.blogspot.com

whatsthatgonnabe.blogspot.com

Summery Totebag: You’ll also need a yard of webbing. Also see this tutorial and this library tote.

Book or Diary Cover: Make a pretty cover for your journal or diary.

elefantz.com

elefantz.com

onepearlbutton.com

onepearlbutton.com

Cocktail Napkins: Simple and easy to make, just stitch around squares and pull threads to make a frayed edge.

Reusable Lunch Bag: Supplies include iron-on vinyl, elastic hair band and a button.

firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com

firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com

madewithlovebyhannah.com

madewithlovebyhannah.com

Kitchen Mat: Can use an old blanket for backing and trim with jumbo ric-rac.

No-Sew Kitchen Stool Covers: (for stools with a padded top) You’ll also need iron-on adhesive or fabric glue, embroidery floss or yarn, cord, a hot glue gun and staple gun.

inmyownstyle.com

inmyownstyle.com

Aprons

Here are a bunch of ideas for using them to make aprons, you’ll find both full & half sized patterns, and even a few cuties for the kiddos. I’ll be adding to this collection as I find more goodies, enjoy!

polkanuts.blogspot.com

polkanuts.blogspot.com

Easy: Supplies include a few strips of fabric for the waist and neck ties.

Simple: You’ll also need up to 3 yards of ribbon, takes only minutes to make!

sdmikke.blogspot.com

sdmikke.blogspot.com

instructables.com

instructables.com

Quick & Fun: Supplies needed include ribbon, ric-rac or trim and two buttons.

Half: What you need: two yard-long pieces of ribbon, two big buttons, scissors, a needle, and thread.

realsimple.com

realsimple.com

onepearlbutton.com

onepearlbutton.com

Full: You’ll need a few yards of ribbon, and any decorative elements that you’d like to add (such as ric-rac or ribbon).

Double Ruffle: Top two ruffles are made with pretty fabric.

alittleofthis---alittleofthat.blogspot.com

alittleofthis---alittleofthat.blogspot.com

montessoribyhand.blogspot.com

montessoribyhand.blogspot.com

Montessori: Simple pattern trimmed with a bit of ric-rac and strips of pretty fabric for the ties.

With Bottom Ruffle: Strips of fabric for waist & ties, bottom ruffle and pocket.

lubirdbaby.com

lubirdbaby.com

vanessachristenson.com

vanessachristenson.com

Easiest: Features three pockets.

Full: You’ll also need some twill tape or ribbon. Features a gathered top and pockets.

thepickledweasel.blogspot.com

thepickledweasel.blogspot.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

With Pockets: The basic shape of this is an upside-down T with two long pockets.

Child Size: The design is as clever as can be and is accomplished in just minutes with a few simple stitches.

familyfun.go.com

familyfun.go.com

ihavetosay.typepad.com

ihavetosay.typepad.com

Child-Sized: You’ll also need double fold bias tape and ribbon.

Child’s Art Apron: Super cute design featuring a row of crayon pockets.

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

madebypetchy.blogspot.com

madebypetchy.blogspot.com

Full (Children): Very simple, you’ll also need some ribbon.

Cute Hostess: Ric-rac for trim and fabric strips for waist & ties, bottom edge.

bittycakes.wordpress.com

bittycakes.wordpress.com

bfranklincrafts.com

bfranklincrafts.com

Homespun: You’ll need grosgrain ribbon for ties, and a fat quarter for top and pocket.

Easy Full: You’ll need double fold bias tape, ric-rac and fabric scraps for pocket.

mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com

mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com

pinkpistachio.com

pinkpistachio.com

With Front Pocket: Made with double fold bias tape (for waistband and ties), a bar mop towel and two pieces of cotton fabric.

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Published: June 7, 2008
Updated: October 31, 2012

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11 Comments to “35+ Clever Dish Towel Craft Ideas”
  1. pshilling says:

    Does any one have a pattern for a study shopping bag for grocerys?
    I want to be able to make them so they last..so I don’t need to store
    the plastic any more..
    Thanks in advance

    • Janell says:

      I make reusable shopping bags by reusing, birdseed and dog food, actually any type of feed bag that can be washed out. They are very sturdy and some of mine have held up for years!

    • Janna Iglesias says:

      I cut one of the store bags up carefully and used it as a pattern. I did enlarge it some.

  2. pshilling says:

    I ment Sturdy not study shopping bag

  3. TipNut says:

    Hi pshilling, you’ll find loads of different patterns here: 35 Reusable Grocery Bags You Can Make

  4. Care says:

    Thanks so much for linking to my projects; I appreciate it so much!

    I’m off to look at the other dishtowel goodies! :-)

  5. Steph says:

    Thank you So much for allowing us to download your
    beautiful vintage apron collection! Love your site

  6. Karen says:

    I’m looking for a pattern to knit accross the top of a dish towel that has a longer end with a button so it can be placed over a handle so you can dry your hands. My mother used to make them but didn’t pass along how she did it.

  7. norma jean says:

    saw a craft at a local show and would like to make it. Does anyone know how to make a “housewife” of a roll of paper towels (body), a wash cloth (head covering, steel wool (hair) and a dish towel wrapped around the “body” for a skirt? Painted face on paper towels.

  8. Cindy Ann says:

    Does anyone know how to put together two dish clothes in order to make a pair of britches?

  9. Vicki says:

    Looking for instructions/picture of a roll of paper towels covered with a dish towel – scrubber on top for hair and face put on with marker to look like a woman – poem goes with – it’s called “Kitchen Helper” I have the poem – made these years ago for girls at work – can’t find my instructions.
    Thanks


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