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: 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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Comments

    • pshilling
    Reply

    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
      Reply

      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
      Reply

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

    • pshilling
    Reply

    I ment Sturdy not study shopping bag

    • TipNut
    Reply

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

    • Care
    Reply

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

    I’m off to look at the other dishtowel goodies! 🙂

    • Steph
    Reply

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

    • Karen
    Reply

    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.

      • Beverly Dye
      Reply

      For the top of the t-towel you 1st cut the T-towel in half then you put 60 holes across the top of one of the halves and then you do 60 slip stitches across the top then chain 2 an d turn then do 60 double crochet across then chain 2 and turn then do 1 crochet in every other hole for a total of 30, then chain on 2 and turn then do 30 double crochets across then chain 2 and turn then do 1 double crochet in every other hole for a total of15. then chain 2 and turn then do 15 double crochets across then . Then chain 2 and turn then do 1 double crochet in every other hole for a a total of 8. Then chain 2 and turn then do 1 double crochet in every hole . Then do 9 rows o double crochets do 2 chains and turn at end of each row. Then last row double crochet 3 in a row the do 3 siip stiches and skip one hole and then 3 more double crochets. Sew your button in the middle of your first row of 8. Hope this helps.

    • norma jean
    Reply

    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.

    • Cindy Ann
    Reply

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

    • Vicki
    Reply

    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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