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.
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.
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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