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35+ Clever Dish Towel Craft Ideas

Posted By Tipnut On February 9, 2011 @ 2:28 am In Sewing | 11 Comments

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.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Anthro Pillows: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/08/anthro-teatowel-and-napkin-pillows.html

[2] Bib: http://bkids.typepad.com/bookhoucraftprojects/2010/06/project-62-vintage-towel-bib.html

[3] project: http://createeveryday.blogspot.com/2008/01/dishtowel-bib.html

[4] Dog Toy: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/make-a-dog-toy-out-dish-towels-10000000699226/index.html

[5] Picnic Flatware & Holder: http://www.instructables.com/id/SewUseful-Low-Sew-Picnic-Flateware-and-Dish-Holder/

[6] this picnic roll: http://www.marthastewart.com/272066/picnic-roll

[7] Pretty Teatime: http://www.marthastewart.com/273189/teatime-towels

[8] Sewing Machine Cover: http://www.marthastewart.com/266736/sewing-machine-cover

[9] Potholder: http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/artsycrafty_babe/2007/11/dishtowel-potho.html

[10] Coin Purse Keychains: http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2009/12/coin-purse-keychains-from-dishtowel.html

[11] Bathrobe: http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2010/07/toddler-dish-towel-bathrobe.html

[12] Drawstring Shoe Bag: http://curlypops.blogspot.com/2010/02/tutorial-how-to-make-tea-towel.html

[13] Wallet For Boys: http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2010/05/boys-wallet-from-dish-towel.html

[14] Curtains: http://westcoastcrafty.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/tea-towel-curtains-now-even-easier/

[15] Summery Totebag: http://whatsthatgonnabe.blogspot.com/2007/05/summery-dishtowel-totebag-tutorial.html

[16] this tutorial: http://writemamawrite.blogspot.com/2007/04/martha-stewart-dish-towel-tote-tutorial.html

[17] this library tote: http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/2007/02/little_library_.html

[18] Book or Diary Cover: http://www.elefantz.com/2010/01/my-very-simple-tea-towel-challenge.html

[19] Cocktail Napkins: http://www.onepearlbutton.com/2008/08/tutorial-tea-towel-to-cocktail-napkins.html

[20] Reusable Lunch Bag: http://www.firefliesandjellybeans.com/2009/06/how-to-make-reuseable-lunch-bag-from.html

[21] Kitchen Mat: http://madewithlovebyhannah.com/WordPress/?p=92

[22] No-Sew Kitchen Stool Covers: http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/02/howto-make-nosew-kitchen-stool-covers.html

[23] Easy: http://polkanuts.blogspot.com/2010/04/tutorial-easy-apron.html

[24] Simple: http://sdmikke.blogspot.com/2008/02/simple-tea-towel-apron.html

[25] Quick & Fun: http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-and-Fun-Apron-Made-from-Two-Dish-Towels/

[26] Half: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/turn-a-dish-towel-into-an-apron-10000000699209/index.html

[27] Full: http://www.onepearlbutton.com/2009/01/tutorial-tea-towel-to-full-apron.html

[28] Double Ruffle: http://alittleofthis---alittleofthat.blogspot.com/2010/08/hand-towel-apron.html

[29] Montessori: http://montessoribyhand.blogspot.com/2007/06/luxurious-life-of-tea-towel.html

[30] With Bottom Ruffle: http://www.lubirdbaby.com/2009/06/tea-towel-apron-tutorial.html

[31] Easiest: http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2008/06/tutorialeasiest-apron-to-make-and-cute.html

[32] Full: http://thepickledweasel.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-making-tea-towel-apron.html

[33] With Pockets: http://www.marthastewart.com/273547/dish-towel-apron

[34] Child Size: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/dish-towel-apron-667580/

[35] Child-Sized: http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/randi/2007/02/dishtowel_apron.html

[36] Child’s Art Apron: http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2009/08/kids-art-apron-from-dishtowel-tutorial.html

[37] Full (Children): http://madebypetchy.blogspot.com/2008/08/distowel-apron.html

[38] Cute Hostess: http://bittycakes.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/a-dishrags-to-riches-story/

[39] Homespun: http://www.bfranklincrafts.com/CraftIdeas/CraftIdea-Apron.html

[40] Easy Full: http://mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com/2007/04/april-apron-tutorial.html

[41] With Front Pocket: http://www.pinkpistachio.com/dish-towel-apron/

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