Dish Towel Rescue Mission…commence!
This is one of my favorite dish towels. It’s horrible, frayed and falling apart. It’s stained from family pizza night and wiping up messes after my kids.
But it’s absorbent and rugged and I love it the waffle-y-ness of it.
Maybe I’ve loved this one a bit too much.
Finally, I decided to rescue this dish towel. The mission: patch the gnarly hole and make my dish towel fabulous again. Alright, okay, maybe not fabulous, but at least functional and not-so-scary.
The first step was to find a scrap of fabric that would be wide enough to patch the hole, while being long enough to go across and around the towel plus a couple of inches for overlapping (see below). I also pulled out a couple of different threads to decide what color I’d like to use.
Hem along the length of the fabric trip, top and bottom.
Lay the towel across the fabric strip, making sure the scary bit will be covered.
Fold fabric strip over, smoothing and pinning so the pieces are even.
Fold over end and pin in place.
I wanted a distinct stitch, so I chose an extra wide one on my sewing machine, D50. This particular stitch goes back and forth three times.
Use the fun stitch of your choice and stitch all the way around the patch. See that pin? Pull it out. You definitely do not want to stitch across it!
If you have a walking foot, use it! You are sewing on a towel after all and a walking foot will help pull the thickness through. Hmm, need to dust my sewing machine…
Turn the corner and keep on stitching!
After the outside edges are stitched, I changed to white thread and stitched rows along the patch. Remember, the inside of this patch is scary, loose, falling-apart towel. Extra stitching will give the towel spiffy new stability.
Turn the patch and stitch the other way.
Rescue mission complete! It’s still not perfect, and it still has some funky pizza stains, but it’s usable and won’t go to the landfill.
Reduce, reuse, recycle!
I have a couple more towels like this and am thinking it would be fun to add some patchwork for a fun repair!
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