35+ Clever Dish Towel Craft Ideas
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!
: 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).
: 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.
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.
: 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.
: 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.
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!
: 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!
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.
: 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.
: 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.
: Features three pockets.
Full: You’ll also need some twill tape or ribbon. Features a gathered top and 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.
: Very simple, you’ll also need some ribbon.
Cute Hostess: Ric-rac for trim and fabric strips for waist & ties, bottom edge.
: 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.
With Front Pocket
: Made with double fold bias tape (for waistband and ties), a bar mop towel and two pieces of cotton fabric.
Published: June 7, 2008
Updated: October 31, 2012