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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!

mmmcrafts.blogspot.com

mmmcrafts.blogspot.com

Anthro Pillows [1]: Tutorial shows how to make lovely pillows from both napkins and tea towels.

Bib [2]: Edges are finished with bias tape. Bib template download included. Also see this project [3] that uses ribbing to make these (pulls over head).

bkids.typepad.com

bkids.typepad.com

realsimple.com

realsimple.com

Dog Toy [4]: Three are braided together to make this puppy pleaser.

Picnic Flatware & Holder [5]: This holds four 6-piece flatware sets and four plates. Also see this picnic roll [6].

instructables.com

instructables.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Pretty Teatime [7]: Instructions for making little quilted coasters or mats for tea, also instructions for making a tea cozy (with template download).

Sewing Machine Cover [8]: Keep your sewing machine dust-free with this quick & easy project.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

artsycraftybabe.typepad.com

artsycraftybabe.typepad.com

Potholder [9]: Clever folding and simple sewing is all it takes to make this crafty potholder.

Coin Purse Keychains [10]: Zipped and holds a key ring.

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

Bathrobe [11]: This toddler sized bathrobe is cheap to make.

Drawstring Shoe Bag [12]: 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 [13]: Supplies include a strip of velcro and fusible interfacing.

Curtains [14]: 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 [15]: You’ll also need a yard of webbing. Also see this tutorial [16] and this library tote [17].

Book or Diary Cover [18]: Make a pretty cover for your journal or diary.

elefantz.com

elefantz.com

onepearlbutton.com

onepearlbutton.com

Cocktail Napkins [19]: Simple and easy to make, just stitch around squares and pull threads to make a frayed edge.

Reusable Lunch Bag [20]: Supplies include iron-on vinyl, elastic hair band and a button.

firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com

firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com

madewithlovebyhannah.com

madewithlovebyhannah.com

Kitchen Mat [21]: Can use an old blanket for backing and trim with jumbo ric-rac.

No-Sew Kitchen Stool Covers [22]: (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 [23]: Supplies include a few strips of fabric for the waist and neck ties.

Simple [24]: 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 [25]: Supplies needed include ribbon, ric-rac or trim and two buttons.

Half [26]: 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 [27]: 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 [28]: Top two ruffles are made with pretty fabric.

alittleofthis---alittleofthat.blogspot.com

alittleofthis---alittleofthat.blogspot.com

montessoribyhand.blogspot.com

montessoribyhand.blogspot.com

Montessori [29]: Simple pattern trimmed with a bit of ric-rac and strips of pretty fabric for the ties.

With Bottom Ruffle [30]: Strips of fabric for waist & ties, bottom ruffle and pocket.

lubirdbaby.com

lubirdbaby.com

vanessachristenson.com

vanessachristenson.com

Easiest [31]: Features three pockets.

Full [32]: 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 [33]: The basic shape of this is an upside-down T with two long pockets.

Child Size [34]: 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 [35]: You’ll also need double fold bias tape and ribbon.

Child’s Art Apron [36]: Super cute design featuring a row of crayon pockets.

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

madebypetchy.blogspot.com

madebypetchy.blogspot.com

Full (Children) [37]: Very simple, you’ll also need some ribbon.

Cute Hostess [38]: Ric-rac for trim and fabric strips for waist & ties, bottom edge.

bittycakes.wordpress.com

bittycakes.wordpress.com

bfranklincrafts.com

bfranklincrafts.com

Homespun [39]: You’ll need grosgrain ribbon for ties, and a fat quarter for top and pocket.

Easy Full [40]: 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 [41]: Made with double fold bias tape (for waistband and ties), a bar mop towel and two pieces of cotton fabric.