Feb 11, 2011

18 Clever Dish Towel Craft Ideas: {Sewing}

From tipnut.com
[Updated List] 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!

Dish Towel Craft Tutorials & Patterns

Anthro Teatowel Pillows By mmmcrafts.blogspot.com
Anthro Teatowel Pillows By mmmcrafts.blogspot.com
Anthro Teatowel Pillows: Tutorial shows how to make lovely pillows from both napkins and tea towels. Also checkout this pillow project

.Vintage Dish Towel Bib: Made with a vintage tea towel and edges finished with bias tape. Bib template download included. Also see this bib tutorial, all you need is a dishtowel and some ribbing to make these (pulls over head).
Vintage Towel Bib By bkids.typepad.com
Vintage Towel Bib By bkids.typepad.com
Dog Rope Toy Tutorial By realsimple.com
Dog Rope Toy Tutorial By realsimple.com
Dog Toy: Braid together three dish towels to make this puppy pleaser

.Picnic Flatware & Dish Holder: This Set holds four 6-piece flatware sets made from dish towels and ribbon and four plates in one holder made from kitchen towels and ribbon. Also see this picnic roll.
Picnic Flatware & Dish Holder By instructables.com
Picnic Flatware & Dish Holder By instructables.com
Pretty Teatime Towels By marthastewart.com
Pretty Teatime Towels By marthastewart.com
Pretty Teatime Towels: Instructions for making little quilted coasters or mats for tea, also instructions for making a tea cozy (with free template download)

.Sewing Machine Cover: Keep your sewing machine dust-free with this quick & easy project.
Sewing Machine Cover By marthastewart.com
Sewing Machine Cover By marthastewart.com
Dishtowel Potholder Tutorial By artsycraftybabe.typepad.com
Dishtowel Potholder Tutorial By artsycraftybabe.typepad.com
Dishtowel Potholder Tutorial: Clever folding and simple sewing is all it takes to make this crafty potholder

.Coin Purse Keychains: Made with cute dishtowels, a zipper and a key ring.
Coin Purse Keychains By obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com
Coin Purse Keychains By obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com

Dish Towel Bathrobe By obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com
Dish Towel Bathrobe By obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com
Dish Towel Bathrobe: Make this toddler sized bathrobe with two cheap-o (but cute) dishtowels

.Drawstring Shoe Bag: Made with one tea towel, cord or ribbon and twill tape. Tutorial available via free pdf download.
Drawstring Bag By curlypops.blogspot.com
Drawstring Bag By curlypops.blogspot.com

Wallet For Boys By obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com
Wallet For Boys By obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com
Wallet For Boys: Made with one dish towel, a strip of velcro and fusible interfacing.

Tea Towel Curtains: Super easy to make, simply stitch on little ornaments and add clip-on cafe curtain rings.
Tea Towel Curtains By westcoastcrafty.wordpress.com
Tea Towel Curtains By westcoastcrafty.wordpress.com

Summery Dishtowel Totebag By whatsthatgonnabe.blogspot.com
Summery Dishtowel Totebag By whatsthatgonnabe.blogspot.com
Summery Dishtowel Totebag: Made with two towels and 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 using just a tea towel and some ribbon.
Book or Diary Cover By elefantz.com
Book or Diary Cover By elefantz.com

Cocktail Napkins By onepearlbutton.com
Cocktail Napkins By onepearlbutton.com
Cocktail Napkins: Simple and easy to make, just stitch around squares (cut from a tea towel) and pull threads to make a frayed edge


.Reusable Lunch Bag: Made with two coordinating tea towels, iron-on vinyl, elastic hair band and a button.
Reusable Lunch Bag By firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com
Reusable Lunch Bag By firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com

Kitchen Mat By madewithlovebyhannah.com
Kitchen Mat By madewithlovebyhannah.com
Kitchen Mat: Use an old towel or blanket for backing and trim with jumbo ric-rac

.Bread Bag Tutorial: Lovely way to present gifts of homemade bread, finished bag measures 8″ x 13″.
Bread Bag Tutorial By saltwater-kids.com
Bread Bag Tutorial By saltwater-kids.com
You can also make lovely aprons with dish towels, see this free tutorial collection for lots of ideas.
[Updated February, 2011: New projects added]
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