1. Cut a piece of fabric 18 x 20 inches - 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.
2. 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.
10. Now trim it to 18 x 20.
11. Scraps can be used for another project like a mug rug.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. I open the seam up about 3 1/2 to 4 inches.
16. Close view for you.
17.See the opening, now carefully turn your dish rug right side out. Try not to stretch your opening.
19. 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.
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.
There is a print friendly and PDF button at the bottom that I found out about from Geri at Geek Alert Directory - she has lots of great tips for your blog.
Now it is time to get ready as Builder Bob is taking me out for Lobster!
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