Last August I did a dish towel experiment using three different types of fabric: Linen, Ticking and Osnaburg. For those people who have not read it you can see the complete experiment here: https://createdbybella.com/2017/08/14/kitchen-dish-towel-experiment/
The end result was 2 fabulous linen dish towels and 6 not-so good towels that I set aside to repurpose into something else.
Soon after the experiment I took 2 of the Osnaburg towels and I embroidered them, quilted them and turned them into a dish mat. This turned out to be the best dish mat we have ever used. Once the dishes have been washed and dried, the mat is hug to dry and by the time the next meal rolls around, its ready for service again. As you can see, it is well used (and stained a bit).
Recently, while looking for a project that does not require super fine motor skills, I’ve found the extra dish towels that I had set aside to make more dish mats. I had even pre-stamped the fabric with the vintage design that I wanted to use and set aside embroidery floss for the project, so I set to work.
I outlined everything using a super simple backstitch, then I marked each towel with quilting lines and pinned each on top of a piece of batting. There was no backing to them.
I machine quilted each towel, then trimmed them to the size that I wanted my dish mat to be.
The mats were placed one on top of the other, with the wrong sides together, pinned to hold them in place while I worked, and then I added a binding.
Once finished, I put it in the wash with a load of towels and it came out fluffy and ready for use.
I have found this to be a great way to repurpose dish towels that are no longer suitable for drying dishes, old hand towels that still have a little life in them or just odd scraps of fabric that you have no other use for. As long as the fabric is a natural fiber, it should work.
Happy Creating Everyone!