Dish Rug Tutorial

Let’s make a dish rug! I just love using one of these instead of a dish towel next to my sink.

Mine are usually about 18 x 20 inches.

Measure the counter space that you want it to fit if you need a smaller or bigger one.

This is a great way to use up fabric in your stash that you don’t care for anymore. Your dishes won’t care what they are sitting on. Okay, let’s get started.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Dish Rug Tutorial

Cut a piece of fabric 18 x 20 inches – this is a good use of a fat quarter.

Next get a dish towel or what I used was an old towel that I had and cut it to 18 x 20.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Choose 2 coordinating fabrics. Cut 1 strip the WOF (width of the fabric) by 2 inches from one. Cut 2 – 1 1/2 inch strips the WOF from the other.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Stitch together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and press.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Take your fabric and cut 4 1/2 inches off of one side – keep it handy.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Take your coordinating fabric strip and stitch it to the side as shown.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Stitch the other side. Cut the strip off so we have it for the next step,

Dish Rug Tutorial

Turn your fabric – like this.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Cut 6 inches off of one side –  don’t loose it.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Take your coordinating strip and sew it to one side. (I bet you already figured that out).

Before you sew the other side turn the coordinating strip so it is at the opposite side. This makes it simple as you don’t have to match the strips.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Now trim it to 18 x 20.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Scraps can be used for another project like a mug rug.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Once it is all pressed get your towel. Your fabric will be bigger. Lay the right side up and place the towel on top and trim it even with your fabric. You have plenty of room to move it around.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Pin all around your fabric and sew with a 1/2 inch seam. I was able to use a 80 needle on my 15-91 Singer but if your towel is real thick you might need a jeans needle which is a 130.

Sew all the way around – don’t leave a opening.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Trim the corners. You are probably thinking I goofed……how can I turn it right side out….what we are going to do is use our seam ripper and open up a section in one of the strips.

Dish Rug Tutorial

I open the seam up about 3 1/2 to 4 inches.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Close view for you.

Dish Rug Tutorial

See the opening, now carefully turn your dish rug right side out. Try not to stretch your opening.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Press and pin closed the opening. Now top-stitch and catch the opening in your stitching.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Do some straight stitching, on this one I just stitched straight lines about 1 and 1/2 inches apart. I just back-stitched at the beginning and ends.

Dish Rug Tutorial

Finished! Now is it a dish rug or a beer rug????? Builder Bob couldn’t resist putting empty beer cans on it. I hope you liked this. I think I will have to make a trip to Goodwill and look for towels as I’m going through our old ones. A good washing and bleach and they would be perfect for dish rugs.

My fabrics weren’t washed before I sewed them and I have already washed and dried my dish rugs. They feel so much softer and didn’t shrink very much at all.

I would love to see any dish rugs that you make! Please let me know and I will post them on my blog.  I have another one that is done differently and will post it soon.

Now it is time to get ready as Builder Bob is taking me out for Lobster!

Dish Rug Tutorial

Dish Rug Tutorial

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26 Comments

  1. What a great idea, Connie! I always think I'm going to use some of my frayed towels to make potholders–my mom and aunt constantly made them with scrap fabrics–but I don't get around to it. I like your idea–and then maybe I could make some matching potholders!

  2. I finally got around to making this as a gift – it turned out great. Wonderful tutorial. I showed it to my mom and she made a whole bunch for Christmas. Everyone liked the idea. I'll be blogging about this on Applique Thursday as I put some applique on it – hehe, and I'll share your link then. Thanks, Connie!

  3. I LOVE this!! I always drag out a bathroom towel which looks sooo tacky! Can't wait to make this! I need to stop blogging- my list of projects seems to never end! GREAT post! Thanks a ton! Hope you can stop by sometime~ Your newest follower~ Yolanda

  4. This is a great tut. I have been digging through my stash and found towels I had cut up. I have no memory of what I thought I was going to do with them and this looks like an adorable option. It looks much neater than my dish towel on the counter. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Fantastic tutorial. I will definitely give this a go. This is so much better than just using a tea towel.Thanks for the link re adding a printer friendly version or pdf to your post. I will be giving that a go!

  6. Ahhh – now that's a good idea! We just use old, odd placemats, but they don't match the decor. . . 😀 Thanks for a tutorial

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