Super Scrappy Dish Towel Tutorial

Applique your favorite fabric scraps onto dish towels!

You can transform ordinary dishtowels into a drool-worthy kitchen accessory in just a few simple steps. These scrappy dish towels make the best gift to give a hostess or a housewarming gift, and as a bonus, you get to bust some of your favorite fabric scraps! Once you select a few coordinating fabrics, it’s hard to STOP making them. Check out this super simple tutorial!Scrap busting Dish Towel tutorial - these are super fun to make AND make great gifts!


  • One store bought pre-washed dish towel. Mine are 100% cotton, 16″ X 26″ found locally
  • 3 coordinating pre-washed fabrics scraps that are at least 1/2″ longer then the width of your towel. They should be at least 2″ wide.
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing supplies
  • Spray starch


  1. Measure the width of your dish towel. You will need coordinating fabrics that are at least 1/2″ longer then this width.
  2. Dish-towels-before-embellisCut three strips of coordinating fabric. One that is 3.5″ wide, one that is 2″ wide and one that is 2.5″ wide. Since my towels were 16″ wide, I cut my fabric strips 16.5″ long. If your fabric has a pattern that screams “I need more space”, listen to it. Make appropriate design changes as you see fit.cut-fabric-dish-towels
  3. Iron your strips and press down 1/4″ at the end of each strip. Spray the underside of your towels with spray starch and iron. By spraying your towel, it will be easier to sew as it will stretch less.
  4. Position your strips on the towel. Layer the strips with the thickest piece at the top, the narrowest in the middle and overlap the first by 1/4″, the remaining piece at the bottom and overlap the second by 1/4″. Pin your fabric to the towel.
  5. pin-fabric-scrappy-dish-towSelect your zig-zag stitch and adjust to 3.5mm width and .5mm length. Sew along the perimeter of the strips leaving a 1/8″ seam allowance. Then sew the overlapping strips together.


Fold your towels and wrap them up! It’s a perfect little gift anyone would LOVE to receive. Oh, these towels? Well, I decided I’m keeping them because my dish towels have seen better days and these are way cuter! Adorable scrappy dish towels! I want to make these!

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