Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kitchen Dishtowel Tutorial...

About a month ago, I picked up some kitchen cloths on clearance at Ross. They came in a 6-pac and were marked 4.00. I thoght they had a nice weave and they are oversized, they were actually marked as resteraunt cleaning cloths. I needed new kitchen towels, but I decided to give them a little personality. I cut 3 1/2 " x WOF twice for each towel, and bound the edges just like a quilt except I used a zig-zag stitch.
I used 30's fabrics to match the decor in my kitchen. They were a really fast and fun project. Last week Nanette posted about her cute dishcloths she made and also did a wonderful tutorial. I need to find me some of that great waffle weave and make a few of those also. They look fun.
I used 5 different fabrics for 5 of the towels and used the leftover strips joined together for the last one. I kind of like the scrappy look. I think I'll go look for more already finished towels for a good price and make more of these for both of my Mom's for Mothers Day.

This is how they look laid out flat. They're pretty big, measuring about 14' x 16" each. A nice size.



Here are the tissue holders that Kassidy made on this weeks Wednesday sew night. They're for my sisters and her cousin Angela. She is giving them at my Grandma's luncheon today.


I thought I would show you something else Kass made on sew night. Ties for her hair or belts for her jeans.
We went to Material Girls and picked out 12 fabrics. I cut them 4 1/2" x WOF and ironed them RST and drew an angled stitching line on each end for her to follow. Then she stitched each one closed, leaving an opening for turning and top stitched them after turning and ironing.
And here they are, easy-peasy and a really fun way to play with fabric!

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14 comments:

Joyce said...

Lori,
Your stuff is so cute! I love seeing what you are going to come up with next. Thanks for sharing on your blog! I have got to take one of your classes soon!

The Nielson Family said...

I love those dishcloths!! What a great idea for mother's day..... And I love those tissue holders too--will you do a tutorial for that too???

Nedra said...

Nanette gave me one of her dishcloths, and you've shown me even a new way to make them. How fun, especially when you can get the insides at a discount, and then cutsie them up.

Clausewitz said...

Oi. Parabéns pelo excelente blog. Gostaria de lhe convidar para visitar meu blog e conhecer alguma coisa sobre o Brasil. Abração

Dawn said...

I just made a few dishcloths myself...wedding gifts! Your's look fantastic! The hair ties are too cute!

Carrie P. said...

What a great idea to dress up dishcloths. Maybe it will make cleaning the kitchen more fun. Kass is doing a great job on her projects love the belts.

Fiesta said...

Lori love the towels.
Watch the waffle weave fabric. It shrinks horribly so if you are going to use it to make towels pre-wash it first or actually buy waffle weave towels and decorate them.

Becca said...

I love the towels, and my new tissue holder. :)

belinda said...

Thanks for sharing about your cute little projects!!

Nanci said...

I love the dishclothes, great projects for learning hand sewing if one is so inspired.

Dionne said...

What wonderful projects! I love how creative your Kassidy is!
Cheers,
Dionne

Debbie said...

These tissue holders were my daughter Bethany's first sewing project too! And they are so fun for them to give as gifts. Thanks for sharing. Kassidy is getting big to fast!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Lovely stuff Lori. I didn't think of giving my dishtowels for mother's day. I'm going to do that! My mom isn't around but my MIL will love a pack of 4. Thanks for the idea. I love mine.

Anonymous said...

Love, Love, Love those cute dish towels. What a cute way to dress up a plain white towel that's fast and simple. I think I will do that today. DAR-LING!!

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