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My dishtowels are getting worn out, and I hate to buy new ones when it's
so easy to just cut 'n' hem some fabric. I'm new to sewing, though, and
don't know my cloths. What kind of fabric are dishtowels usually made
from, and any suggestions on where to buy it by the yard? (I'm in the
US.)

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SML

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Some fabric stores actually carry dish towel fabric, its the right
width already, so you just need to hem the ends.


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Dish towel fabric used to be cotton "huck" but I see some ready-made dish
towels
in catalogs now that appear to be a birdseye cotton fabric.  Older ones I
have are
a mid-weight 100% linen and I love them!

Jean M.



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I keep saying I'm going to make kitchen towels with this cotton fabric
found at JoAnns: http://www.andsewitis.net/images/towelfab.jpgI think
I will hem the sides and fringe the ends.

maer


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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com (Sara Lorimer) wrote in

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 dishtowels can be cotton terry (not my preference!), cotton
waffle weave or linen. linen is the best for lint free drying
as long as you don't get 'cottonized' linen, which lints worse
than almost anything.
 i'll have to leave the where to get it to those more
knowledgeable :)
lee



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On Sun, 1 Jan 2006 14:26:04 -0800,
snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com (Sara Lorimer) wrote:

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Any 100% plant fiber will do.  (Synthetics tend to be water
repellant.)  

It was traditional to use the cheapest fabric:  slackly
spun, loosely woven, and in the state it came off the loom
in, all of which made it better for dish towels.  Slack spin
and loose weave help it take up water, and "unbleached"
(which is what they called loom state back then) meant that
it wouldn't fade when sanitized with hot water and bleach.
Alas, all those properties cost extra these days.   On the
other hand, nowadays it's comparatively easy to find a 100%
plant-fiber fabric somebody got stuck with and will sell
very cheap.  

I prefer a large, thin towel to a small thick one, because
it dries faster.

Linen is more absorbent and quicker-drying than cotton, but
"cottonized" linen sheds lint.  Unfortunately, cottonization
is regarded as an esoteric detail of manufacture that is of
no interest to the consumer.  

Used fabric is better than new fabric, because washing makes
plant fibers more absorbent.  My old osnaburg curtains will
provide me with a lifetime supply of dish towels.  If you
lack such a resource, washing the towels with hot water and
rinsing thoroughly before putting them into service will
suffice.  Expect them to improve with use.

For more details, see
http://home.earthlink.net/~dbeeson594/ROUGHSEW/ROUGH.HTM ,
scroll down to the bottom of the "Plain Text Files" where
you will see "Other Projects", and click on " household
linens, scarves, handkerchiefs, flat things".  Then use
"find" to locate the discussion of dish towels.  (I see now
that I called it "Kitchen Towels", but searching on "dish"
turned it up on the fourth or fifth click.)

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I get my bargain linens from http://fabric.com/ .  
There are many other on-line stores, but until we build a
fabric-storage barn, I dare visit only one.  

Joy Beeson
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Ooh, they have "woven cotton stripe" for $5.56 a yard -- that's cheaper
than buying dish towels. Thanks!

Thanks also to everyone else for the information. It's all new to me...
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SML

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I've made dishtowels from recycled bath towels. You can trim them however
you like.

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I too, make dish towels from older worn bath towels, and use an existing
dish towel for a pattern to get the size like I want it.  Then I make wash
cloths from the remaining bath towel.  Guess you could also buy a new towel
for this.
Barbara in SC (now FL)



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Bobbie Sews Moore wrote:
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THis is a bit off topic, but DH's grandmother used to give us dish
towels every Christmas. She bought towels, and then crocheted (I think)
the top so that they could be attached to the drawers. Like this:

http://www.crochetnmore.com/dishtoweltopper.htm

I never had any desire to learn knitting or crochet, but now she's
passed away, and my dish towels sure are looking ratty. I might have to
reconsider.

A

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Angela wrote:
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Oh!  I have two of those in my kitchen and must admit they are just for
decoration.  I have an apple themed kitchen and I got mine at the local
flea market and I'm pleased as punch with them.  They do add that extra
little something.


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Since I don't crochet, I have just cut the towel , then added a cloth thingy
on top with a button and buttonhole to hang on the handle of the oven or on
the frig.
Barbara in SC ( and FL)



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That's what I do as well, Barbara.  I have the pattern, if you can call it
that, somewhere in the melee of my sewing room(it is also my bedroom  when
DD and family come).  The only thing is I have nowhere in this kitchen to
really hang those type towels.
Emily.



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CypSew wrote:
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Well, I posted to Joy...

but thank you all for pointing out to me that that I could make some on
my machine.

I'm so excited!

Angela

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Angela, and joannotjoann:

You can easily make two of those hand wipers with one dish towel,
and a bit of fabric. I've started to buy bathroom quality hand
towels for kitchen use. I think the quality is way better.

PAT in VA/USA


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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:
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I have two young boys. We don't decorative towels at the moment. :)



Angela

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Angela wrote:
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I understand what you are saying, but the buttoned-on part of these
towels might be helpful to keep them from pulling  them off and leaving
them on the floor.  I have 3 boys (and 1 girl) and I got really tired of
them pulling the towel off the fridge or the oven.

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to send wrote:
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That's what I like about this style.  Plus, if they're just drying their
hands they don't leave it piled up on the counter.

I was just saying that if it hangs in my kitchen, it will be used.

Angela

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On Mon, 09 Jan 2006 17:48:17 GMT, Angela


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I've seen towel-tops of the same design sewn from printed
cotton.  

Scraps of drapery-weight linen would probably be better --
but a lot of home-furnishing fabric fades when washed.  

Joy Beeson
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joy beeson wrote:
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(Mouth DROPS open..)

Now why didn't I think of that?!? Joy! You're a genius!


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Shoot - I'll probably just use my old towels. I might even use new
towels. I bought a *bunch* of bath towel sets really cheap from some
internet place. The sets came with so many hand towels....I have them
stacked 20 high by 3 deep in my bathroom closet.

And the color is right - they'll coordinate with the kitchen just fine.

Oh I'm so excited! I'm going to go pop in a NetFlix movie and toy around
with this.

And it's great buttonhole practice too!

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

Angela

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