Crafts Using Dish Cloths

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Crafts Using Dish Cloths
Dish towels can easily become more than just a dish drying material. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Dish towels often find use only for their originally intended function -- drying dishes and cleaning up spills. But with all the decorative options on the market now, such as tea towels and flour sack towels, you can easily convert them into attractive crafts. Even if your dish towels are not very pretty to look at, you can still turn them into something new and interesting.

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Dog Toy

All it takes to make a toy for Fido is three dish towels -- make sure they're clean -- and a pair of scissors. Cut a strip that's approximately 1 inch wide from the short side of two of the towels. Lay the remainder of the two cut towels with the third towel. Wrap one of the cut strips around the top of the layered towels and braid the three towels together. Wrap the remaining strip around the bottom of the braid to complete the chew toy.

Mother's Day Gift

A homemade Mother's Day gift is a special keepsake for moms to treasure. This one requires a clean, plain dish towel, preferably white. Lay the towel face up on a work surface. Squirt some non-toxic fabric paint onto your child's hands, using a paint brush to achieve a thin, even coat. Have the child press his hands onto the towel to form an imprint of his hands. Use more paint in the colour of your choice to write a message across the top of the towel. "Happy Mother's Day" and "Mommy's Helping Hands" work well. Let the paint dry completely before giving the gift.

Small Rug or Mat

For this rug craft, you'll need a decorative tea towel, needle, thread and something to use as a backing. This can be another towel, a thin pillow or even some thick canvas. Using the tea towel as a template, cut the backing so that it's approximately 3/4 inch smaller all around than the towel. Lay the newly cut backing down on the wrong side of the towel and fold the towel over. Sew around the towel to the backing. You can stop here or add some ric-rac or other decoration to the edges, as you prefer.

Kid's Apron

Aprons are mostly made for adults but if you have a little one who wants to learn in the kitchen, she'll need an apron, too. Simply take a large dish towel and lay it vertically on a flat work surface, pattern side facing down. Fold down the top two corners and iron them to create creases. Sew a line about 1 inch below these creases. Run ribbon or a thick string through the newly sewn creases to create the neck and waist straps. The apron is now ready for use.

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