DIY: Dish Towels

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Okay so I am one of those people that goes to Michaels* for one thing and then decides sure, why not, I most definitely have time to take a “quick” look at the dollar ($1-$5) section. One hour later my hands are full of dollar items and I’m struggling not to drop anything, since on my way in I didn’t grab a basket because I was headed in for one thing and one thing only, and I would NOT get side tracked. I kid you not this happens to me every time I go to this store. You would think I would learn to just grab a basket, or at least have a little will power. I have learned neither.

Anyways a while back (at least a year ago) I purchased a few ribbon/trim packs with literally no idea of what I have planned for them. So here we are a year (or more) later and I have finally found their purpose in life… dish towels. Oh and by the way, Michaels still sells these. I actually almost bought more and this was before I decided to use them for dish towels (testament to my lack of will power at Michaels).

*Michaels coupons on the iPhone app are no longer one time use coupons! Way to go, you are back on my good list. I take back all the mean things I said about you in this post.


This project is so simple and takes about 10-15min per towel! You will need dish towels, various ribbon and trim, scissors, thread, and a sewing machine.

Getting things ready: set your sewing machine to the longest stitch, cut ribbon and trim to the length need and burn the edges with a lighter to keep them from fraying.

You will need to pin your ribbon, unless you are a wiz at holding your ribbon straight and sewing, which I am not. Then sew down the middle of the ribbon and be sure to either use a knot or a back stitch at the start and finish so that the thread does not unravel. After you have all the ribbon on the front sewn on, sew the dangle trim (not entirely sure the proper name for this trim) on the back side. Fold, admire your work, take lots of picture, IG the heck out of it, and then give it as a gift or keep it for yourself.


I won’t post ALL the pictures I took, but heres one more picture because they are awesome! Can you tell I’m proud of my work?


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