Tuesday, November 6, 2012

5 Minute No-Slip Dish Towel

I saw Cute As A Fox's idea for this no-fall dishtowel over on Curbly a few months ago and thought that it was a brilliant idea! Every fracking time I open the oven, my dish towel falls on the floor. Not cool. 

I changed the tutorial up a bit to make this project even easier and give it cleaner lines because those ruffles/pleats/whatchamacallits just aren't my thing. This modification made this a super quick and easy 5-minute-project! Seriously, it took me five times longer to edit the photos and write this post than it did to make the dish towel itself.


Start with a cute dish towel, pot holder, and button. Just pretend that you see the button in this pic, m'kay? I found my towel at Walmart and the pot holder came from Dollar Tree awhile back. The button was just laying around in my stash. 

Wow. I am having a really hard time focusing today. After writing the part above, all I could think of was the fact that I wrote pot (holder) and stash in the same paragraph. Yep. My mind just went there. Moving on...


Fold your towel into thirds the long way so that it is the same width as your pot holder. Mine was already folded to the perfect size so I just left it the way it was. If you have to fold your own, you might want to press the sides with a warm iron so that everything stays in place.

Find the middle of your towel and mark a line down the center. You could use some kind of washable fabric pencil or chalk but I figured that no one will ever see that part so I just used a pen. Mark the center of your pot holder as well (make sure that the loop is on the left or right side and not at the top of your line. 

Line up your markings with the towel on top of the pot holder. Sew along the line that you marked and back stitch the ends to keep your stitches from unraveling.


Sew a button on the front center of the pot holder side with no loop. You will want a big button so that the loop has something to hold on to but not so big that the button won't go through the loop. My button is about 1 1/8" in diameter and fits perfectly through my pot holder loop.


Slide your pot holder through the handle on your oven with the loop in the back. Pull the loop over the handle and secure around the button.

Ta Da! Cute AND functional! It says, "Yes, I'm pretty, but hello, I'm smart." Can anyone name that show? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Okay...I should probably cut back on the coffee...



 

15 comments:

Katharine Devinney said...

Cute idea! The quote comes from "Gilmore Girls" (I googled it). I was thinking it was from "Legally Blond".

And Live said...

Legally Blonde was my first guess, too. :)

renee said...

You rock!!! I love your blog and can't wait to make these for my home...and my sisters in love and my mama and my mother in love! GENIUS!!!

Rhissanna said...

Wow, your kitchen is clean! This is a smart idea. I usually shove the top of mine in a drawer, then they fall off when I open the drawer, so its the same problem) I might look at these for Hubby's Grandma. They've replaced her knees and shoulders (She's practically a cyborg! We love her!) but it still must be a chore to bend down and pick up dropped tea towels. These are brilliant!

Colorado is going to get a lot of tourism, she adds, cryptically.

Paula Parrish said...

Brilliant Idea! I love this no slip dish towel, super clever. I am so making one for myself and my Mom. Thanks for the inspiration. ;o)

Nikki DomesticallyModern said...

This is a great idea! Pinned it!
Stop on by Domestically Modern sometime!!
Nikki

runtspickins said...

What?! This is brilliant! What a great idea. I will be doing this to have of my kitchen towels now. =]

Diane said...

Pinned this! What a great idea!

Deidre said...

You're DA-BOMB!!!!! Plus Im cracking up as Im reading your tutorial,lol Im so totally following you:)Stop over sometime and meet your newest friend!

Joyce said...

awesome idea... thanks for sharing

Ruby Ruby said...

I was given one of these as a house warming gift; it is gathered where it is stitched rather than folded. I think that way it might be easier to use as a towel. Otherwise everything is the same. Cute idea.

bbba said...

I can't sew, but gave this a try. Mine isn't folded, but bunched up (I guess that's gathered). It turned out so good I made a few more for gifts. I now think I might be able to sew something else. I'm so excited at my advanced age to find out maybe I can sew. Love this as a beginner project.

Nicki Greenwood said...

Best solution yet on this problem. Thanks!

Collette Gish said...

why didn't I think of that pot holder thing? I am a Crafty woman, so is my sister, guess we're just getting sometimers. lol. thank you for the wonderful ideas. I live in an area that needs new ones, so I can make some extra dough. lol

Mom Allen said...

Loved it, made one for my kitchen. What a great idea, thanks for sharing!