Today I am excited to show you how to make one of my kitchen essentials…an oven hanging dish towel. I use these all the time and they are super easy to make.
All you need to put one of them together is:
a dish towel, a hot pad, and….
a shank button. (There are three different buttons pictured here…all with shanks. Shanks are buttons with a “neck” on the back, usually centered on the back of the button with a hole in the middle of the neck that allows the thread to be passed through.)
Once you have your supplies gathered (which, of course, also include a needle, thread, scissors, pins, and a sewing machine) you can get to work. So let’s get started!
First fold your dish towel in half. Then along that middle fold line run a gathering stitch…and gather!
Gather your dish towel in until it is the same width as your hot pad. (The width of your hotpad from corner to corner on the diagonal.)
Once gathered place your dish towel on top of the hot pad as shown in the picture. (With right sides together and with the middle of the hotpad aligned with the middle of the dish towel.) Note: Make sure that the hanging tab that is attached to the corner of your hot pad is placed so that it will be at the top of your dish towel and not along the one of the ends that will be sewn. Pin.
Sew dish cloth and hotpad together. Once sewn flip the hotpad/dish towel combo over in preparation for adding the button. (It should look like the picture below.)
Your dish towel should now drape nicely from the bottom of your hot pad. Fold your hot pad in half once more to find where you should place your button. This will depend on how long the hanging tab is that came with your hotpad. I placed mine about one inch down from the corner.
Hand sew your button onto your hotpad.
Now you will be able to loop the hotpad tab over your shank button!
Your hanging dish towel is now ready to be placed on your oven bar!
Like I said…so easy and I really do love using them. They come in so handy that I have some in my kitchen at all times!