Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dish towels that stay put!

I like to hang a dish towel over the handle of my oven door. When I have a dish towel out and ready, I end up using way less paper towels. This is good for the environment and good for my pocketbook. However, my 18 month old daughter WILL NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE! After picking them up for the hundredth time I decided I needed a solution. I remember my Mom having a towel with a crocheted top that buttoned to keep them in place, so I decided to make a more contemporary version of that. So, what do you think?



Want to make your own?

Supplies:

4 dish towels (one you will sacrifice for the binding and straps... I will refer to this towel as the secondary towel)
6 buttons
Sewing notions



Step 1: Fold your dish towel how you want it to hang. I folded the two sides into the middle and then the whole thing in half. Then cut out of your secondary towel a strip the width of your folded towel and about 4 to 5 inches long. Also cut out two pieces the width and length you want your straps.

Step 2: Pin your towel so that it stays in place while you work with it. Just be sure to place the pins low enough not to get in your way.

Step 3: I decided to leave my edges raw. (lazy) The edges will fray but I was okay with that. To keep them from fraying to much though, I did a zigzag stitch all around the perimeter of my pieces. If you want a cleaner look, you should cut your fabric a little larger and hem.

Step 4: Attach your straps to the back of you binding piece. I did this by sewing a square.

Step 5: Sew a button hole on the end of your strap. This was my first experience making a button hole and it was surprisingly easy.

Step 6: Align your binding with your towel. Make sure the straps are in the back and the binding is even on both sides. Pin and then sew in place by making another square around the binding.

Step 7: Hand sew on your buttons and your done!

There you have it. A dish towel that stays put!



So which one is your fave? (And no, I will not actual hang them all at once!)

35 comments:

Cecily said...

Oh my gosh! Those are stinkin' cute! I love them! I think I might actually make those...

CJ Sime said...

with all three of them lined up, I like the plaid one the best, but by its self it looks bland, but I bet it is just the lighting in the picture. They are all cute!

Meagan said...

Okay this is wierd. I hated my vertical blinds, you made a post. I'm planning my kids' rooms, you make a post (well, that my have been prompted). My dog constantly takes my dish towel off my oven door, you make a post. You are my life saver. Now if I can only make these as cute as yours.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh my gosh! The only kids I've seen that attach are those crochet jobs my great grandmother used to have. ICK! These are SUPER CUTE!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

SO SO cute! I am featuring these at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

Shipley family and Tulle Cool said...

That's a great idea. I LOVE it.

kim said...

love this modern version...this is going on my "to make" list

Jessica said...

I think the blue one is my favorite. Great idea!

A Touch of Country said...

loving the blue one right now with my easter stuff it would look fabulous.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Hugs,

Natalie

Amy said...

I love the blue one in the middle. Blue is my favorite color so I may be a little biased.

I love this idea, it is such a great twist on the old crochet holders. I am definitely gonna be trying this on a couple of gifts!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Amy

Cami said...

Very good idea. You can't find button up towels any more. I came up with my own interchangeable towel holders. Check them out on my blog if you would like to. Though yours will hold up to those little hands better.
Cami
creatingbycami.blogspot.com

all thingz related said...

All of them are great! But blue is my favorite (:
~Rebekah

casserole said...

So pretty, and so practical!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-button-top-hanging-dishtowels/2010/03/18/

--Anne

~*Nomie*~ said...

I love them! Very cute. My favorite is the blue one! How do you make a signature with your name? I really like it!

madebymegs said...

They are the cutest things ever. I can't wait to make these for my own kitchen....thanks for the great ideas!!

madebymegs said...

I hope you don't mind, but I linked this post on my own blog. I thought they were too cute to not mention :)

Rebecca said...

What a great idea! I'm always picking up dish towels off the kitchen floor. No more!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave.com in the Handcraft category today [25 Mar 05:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jaci said...

Definitely like these. Don't have anyone pulling mine off, but may have to make them anyway. Thanks

DonnaRae said...

They are awesome. But every time I open my oven door I forget about the towels and they hit the floor. Oh well, those are so cute I am going to have to make them anyway! (-;
Donna Rae

Carolyn Ward said...

That plaid one is AWESOME. I want it. :)

Kristol Faucheux said...

now why the heck didn't I think of that. I've already picked mine up 5 times today.

Faye said...

Just made my own, thanks for the idea! i just threw one together, and didnt have time for buttons (ok i was lazy) i didnt even cut off the threads lol but it works! heres a link to my flicker http://flic.kr/p/8VK97j

Ellie said...

What a cute solution! I think I need to make some. They'd make great gifts too!

Pam said...

That would be one way of mine staying put! Very nice.

A Little Bit of Everything! said...

These are super cute! I might have to put them on my to do list. I like the one on the far left the best but they are all cute.

Maria and Michelle said...

I need to really pull out my sewing machine and get busy making some of these! Did they hold up well in the dryer? Thanks!

Michelle @ FTSN

Q said...

Thanks so much for this I used your instructions to make this one
http://qspace.id.au/blog/2011/05/kitchen-towel-for-lets-exchange-swap-2/

Love it!

Lily said...

That's a great idea. I LOVE it.

towel rack

talha said...

Try to make some plastic card holders, i like your creative ideas.

plastic card holders
clear cards
scratch cards printing

Muhammad Atif said...

I like to hang a dish towel over the handle of my oven door.
Plastic card
Plastic card
Hank Hendricks

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kamsnaps.com said...

These are so cute! I love how neat and tidy they look without being boring. Judy @ KAMsnaps.com

Patricia Hodge said...

My grandma and aunt make some like this but they use fabric on the top and make the top look like a dress bodice so the whole towel looks like a dress. They are super cute. They are also more work than I have time for. I make mine closer to your way but with scraps of fabric for the top. I have tons of scraps to use up.

Kristina said...

I was trying to find a creative "teacher" gift for Christmas. I think this will be both unique and helpful. Maybe I can find something with apples too.

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