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!
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).
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.
: Clever folding and simple sewing is all it takes to make this crafty potholder.
Coin Purse Keychains : Zipped and holds a key ring.
: This toddler sized bathrobe is cheap to make.
Drawstring Shoe Bag : You’ll need a bit of cord or ribbon and twill tape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
: You’ll also need double fold bias tape and ribbon.
Child’s Art Apron : Super cute design featuring a row of crayon pockets.
Full (Children) 
: 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.