Monday, December 07, 2009

hanging dishtowel

Here is the post I did for the blog swap over at Somewhat Simple.

We have a huge problem over at our house.
Our dishtowels are always ending up on the floor and it is enough to drive a girl crazy!
I have solved our problem by making these awesome hanging dishtowels.
They would make great family, friend, neighbor, or co-worker gifts!

Here is what you will need:
1 dishtowel
1 potholder
1 button

The first thing you are going to do is baste across your dishtowel.
Pull on both threads out of your machine making a long tail of thread.

Then set your machine to a "0" stitch width and a "4'' stitch length.

Sew across you dishtowel right down the middle.
When you are done sewing do not cut your thread!
Lift your presser foot and pull your dishtowel out making another long tail of thread and then cut.

Grab a hold of one thread while gathering your dishtowel until it is all gathered and the same width as your potholder.

Pin your potholder to your dishtowel.

Then sew across your potholder right down the middle.
Make sure to switch your stitch length back to "2.5" so you aren't basting anymore.

Take the bottom of your potholder and bring it up to meet the top.

The last step is to sew a button to the front of your potholder.

You are done!
How cute would it be to make a few of these in coordinating color, tie a cute ribbon around them, and give them as a gift in a set!?

Have a Merry Christmas everybody!


steffany said...

Cute towel! I love the color.

Grace @ One Craft Girl's Corner said...

so cute! i think even i can make these!

Abby said...

Merry Christmas indeed!

Lynette said...

I love these dishtowels! My mom makes a crochet one and I can't get enough of them. I'm gonna feature this tutorial over at my blog, if you don't it!


Kelly said...

I seem to be having that same problem lately....what a perfect idea!

Beth said...

I love it! I am going to make tons of these for christmas!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you had a great one and that we'll get to hear about it! Thank you so much for has been so fun to keep up on your family and to benefit from your crafting skills! I hope one day we'll get to live close again! Love ya tons!


Melissa said...

I absolutely love this! I posted about it here:

and you can grab a featured button if you want! Thank you for sharing this. It is brilliant

Janas Bananas said...

I think you should just make them for me and send them to my house....My kitchen will be green, just so you know. ;)

me said...

love your blog! you are so cute!

and just wanted to let you know I made five of these wonderful towels from your tutorial yesterday (all 5 in like 15 minutes)and I need to get more towels and potholders because I, too think these would be so cute as little a little gift set! thank you so much for sharing!


Rayna said...

Thank you so much! I always have this problem!

pink said...

What a great idea! I love love love it! I will have to try and make some now :D
I'm not following, linked over from Melissa on HoneyBeeBuzz :D

Your kids are adorable!!!

kerianne. said...

I love this! I'm not great at sewing but I think even I can handle this...I think a set of these with some coordinating dish rags and maybe even a little throw rug would make an awesome gift! Great idea!

Tyson and Katie said...

Where did you get the towel/potholder? I want them!

Tanya said...


I got the towel at ross dress for less and the potholder at target.

The Weathered Cottage said...

Oh my gosh. this is genius! My little guy is ALWAYS ripping ours off the stove. Thanks so much!!!

Kelly Munns said...

the only thing i've ever basted is a turkey. count me out on this one :)

tomiannie said...

I am ridiculously in love with this project -- now I'll be on the hunt for cute towels, because the dish towels on the floor thing drives me crazy, too!

Patsy said...

Great idea! Thanks for showing!

Leslie said...

HOLY COW! That has got to be the coolest, EASIEST gift yet! Thanks so much for sharing!

Happy Together said...

Hi :) I came back to find the link to your tie onesie pattern and saw this. I totally just turned in a tutorial to DSC for this same thing! lol. Just didn't want you to think I was copying you and taking the credit :) Super cute! Will be linking back to your tie pattern by the way....

Bessie said...

LOVE the idea.... your so full of great tips and crafts. Keep em' coming.

Bessie :)

Raychel said...

Love it... it's a two in one deal. You can still use the pot holder to grab something out of the over :)


Raychel said...

haha not over ....

Out of the oveN!!


marmielu said...

Hi! I found you via oneprettything. I just love this idea, and am planning on getting supplies asap. I am so thrilled with it, I also linked to it on my blog. Thanks!
Mary Lou

WestSacHoney said...

Words can explain how much I love this! I told my honey to keep the dishtowel hanging up and he said I'll forever be hanging it back up. Not anymore!! Hahah!!

~A~ said...

Hello - just found your blog. Wonderful crafts!!!! My mother sent me two of these kitchen towels for Christmas. She had bought them at a craft fair and the lady that sewed them used bath towels (instead of kitchen towels). They are so thick and work great. Just thought I'd share that tip - use bath towels if you want them thicker.

Amy said...

Oh sweet! I am a little behind at checking your blog, but I'm glad I came to check. My grandma also does the crochet ones as someone else mentioned so this post makes me think of her. But, I can make this one myself. Hooray!

vintage peony said...

its very clever!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

SUCH a good idea and so much easier than the ones I used to make. I will definitely keep this on my list of great gifts that are easy/cheap to do!

Adge said...

Thank you very much for the tutorial! It was wonderful. I made my so quickly. I have never done anything like this, where I pull on the threads to make it scrunch up. What a great new thing to learn! It just so happens are kitchen towels are the same colors too! I linked back to your blog, where I showcased the one I made! Thanks again!!

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Hey that's such a clever idea. I'd like to have a sewing machine in order to make one of those for my wife. Maybe I will stop buying viagra online for a month and buy one. How much would I have to pay for a sewing machine, by the way?

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Joshua said...

You are cool.. nice creation.. keep it up... keep sharing the information on making such stuff... thank you..


Joshua said...

Hey thats a wonderful creativity you have shown in this blog.. i like the pic... i work on cyclosporine , it a interesting work too but not creative at all..

Anonymous said...

I linked back to your blog, where I showcased the one I made! Thanks again!!


anne said...

Positively brilliant !!

anne said...

Positively Brilliant ... used to be able to purchase similar towels with ties at the top... You've brought them back with a new & improved design ~ well done you !! Thank you for sharing !! ;-]]

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