Monday, January 10, 2011

Dish Towel Belts

So about this time last year I got fed up with my dish towels being on the floor and came up with a solution.  While I loved them intensely over the past year, I was ready for a change.  So I came up with this instead.  The dish towel belt.



I think they turned out SO cute and I am really happy with them.  I just paired them with a white towel because I wanted the belt to be the focus.  But you could make a more neutral belt and pair it with a cute towel too.

But of course I couldn't just make one. I had to make four!


So do you want to make your own?  They are super easy and you can bang out a bunch in an afternoon.  Great way to use up those scraps too!


You start with a piece of fabric that is 12" x 6".... or what ever size you want.  The narrower one was 12" x 4".


Fold it in half  right sides together and sew along the long edge so that you make a tube.


Turn right side out and press.  (yes I said press.  Normally I would skip this step but it really makes a big difference. )  Fold the ends over and pin.


Then do a top stitch around the entire thing.  This will sew down the two edges and make the whole thing more stable.



Then add a few pieces of Velcro.  You can use any kind of closure you like but Velcro is easy.  I used an iron-on type that is supposedly permanent and machine washable.  Follow the package directions but for mine you just peeled of the backing, stuck it on, and then heat set it for 90 seconds.


Embellish however you wish.  On this particular one I made a simple ribbon bow and just hot glued it on.  It would probably be a good idea to attach your embellishments to a safety pin and attach them that way, but I didn't have any on hand and was being lazy.

You can also embellish with some rag flowers.
There are a ton of ways to make fabric flowers, but for mine I took a length of fabric and tied knots all down it leaving a little untied at the end.  Then starting at one end you roll it up, hot gluing as needed to keep it together.  I opened the untied end and hot glued it to the back to help secure everything.  Yes, I totally made that up as I went, but I think it turned out kinda fun.

The other way I embellished was with a ruffle.  Basically make a tube the same way you did before and then run a long straight stitch down the middle.  Gather it and then sew it onto the belt.

Wrap them around the towel and enjoy!  Here are how all the variations look hung.





They are a really simple solution for keeping that dish towel off the floor and I love how they look.  I'm so proud!

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35 comments:

adventuringsmiths said...

These are great! And I have PLENTY of scrap fabric to use!

sugar Creek said...

Those are so cute and such a great idea! I love that fabric with the doodles!

Heidi said...

These are so cute, and practical! My baby is constantly pulling my towels off the oven door...and it drives me crazy! Thanks for the idea.

Reyna said...

Hi, I followed you over from Craftaholics Anon.

I enjoyed your "session" and look forward to all your blog has to offer.

Thank you!

VintageGeek said...

Oh my gosh, this happens to me ALL THE TIME! I love these little belts, and I am definitely compelled to make some, especially since I recently unearthed about five zillion fat quarters that I'd forgotten I had...the wheels are turning now! Of course, all of our dishtowels are old and grungy, even when they're clean, so I guess it's time to buy more!

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! I definitely was inspired by your family rules subway art, and I can't wait to print the sucker out and get it framed and hung up where everyone can see it!

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

you are such a genius. SERIOUSLY woman, SELL THESE!!!!!!

April said...

These are really cute!

WobiSobi said...

Wow This is just Super cute! Thanks for sharing.

whipperberry.com said...

Oh my heavens this is wonderful!! I am going to make some right away. Congrats on the feature on CA, that's totally aaaamazing.

kisses
Heather from WhipperBerry

Pink Satin Sashes said...

That is a super cute way to jazz up the ordinary!

Shan said...

GREAT idea! I hate when my towels get on the floor as well. My kids don't seem to care, but I do! Of course since I am the one that does the laundry ;) Thanks for a wonderful idea! Looking forward to following your blog in the future. Have a super day!

Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

Thanks for auditioning on American Crafter! Awesome idea!! This might keep my 1 year old from yanking them off all day long:)

Semalee said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

Jenna said...

Love them, so cute!!! I'm definitely going to have make some.

{northern cottage} said...

what a cute Idea! I use just ribbon to keep them from sliding off the dishwasher handle, etc. Your idea is darling!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Krista said...

These are so super cute! If I ever get around to learing how to sew, this would be a great learning project!

Stacy said...

I just posted on FB the other day about how sick and tired I was of picking up the towels off the bathroom floor. I came up with the same idea but for lack of another word called them towel scrunchies. Your name is MUCH cuter! And yours turned out better than mine too. Thanks for linking them up!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I've never seen these before! Such a great solution! And beautiful, too! Thanks for linking up!!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

tooo cute! love these.

Cowgirl Crafter said...

Really, really cute! Love the idea!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) said...

Very cute idea for all my fabric scraps! Thanks for sharing~

Sylvie Créative said...

I like it!

Young and Crafty said...

Genius! My towels are always all over the place! These are adorable and functional.

Thanks for sharing at FFA!

Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Brandy said...

you just may be a genius. these are so cute and I can't wait to try this out
lifeofperks.blogspot.com

C'est Magnifique said...

Those are so cute! Sadly though, my stove handle isn't far enough away from the stove front for a towel to be squeezed in there :(

Tania

Kara said...

These are awesome!! I featured you today at Creations by Kara. :)

Holly said...

That is very clever and creative...great idea.

linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

<3 these! Very pretty!
Happy crafting!
Linda
American Crafter judge

Maria Girassol said...

Oi Krystal! Adorei seu Blog e adicionei seu botão no meu Blog!
També sigo você, adorei suas ideias!

Vou gostar se você me fizer uma visita, meu Blog está em português, mas tem um tradutor no canto superior esquerdo da página, espero você!

Beijos

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

These are so adorable. However, I don't sew. I'm pretty crafty, but sewing machines and I do not get along. Any chance you might sell me some? I'd love some for my kitchen and some for my bath towels as well. Like you, I have a house full of boys and I find my towels all over the house!

Maria Girassol said...

São lindos!!!! E úteis! Sem dúvidas colocarei na lista de coisas que dev fazer!

Beijos

Heids xx said...

These are amazing!! I am off to my mum's to pinch her sewing machine while she is away hehehe (she won't mind don't worry lol) This is PERFECT for our WC that has a handbasin in it... I was forever picking up the hand towel from the floor grrr... thank you so very much from an avid crafter :D

Fabrik ETC said...

Your blog provided us with valuable information to work with. Each & every tips of your post are awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing. Keep blogging.
Curtain

Darlene Nemeth said...

Wow, so pretty and so practical. I am constantly picking up the towel off the floor. I am pinning. and a new follower.

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