Many Uses For Dishtowels

Kelly Ann Butterbaugh

Dish or kitchen towels are cute and inexpensive. Add their versatility and they become a very popular item to have around the house. The next time you spy a pack of them on the clearance rack or in the discount store, stock up and create some interesting uses for these inexpensive beauties.


Gift Wrap

Kitchen towels make interesting and waste-free gift wrap. Place a small item in the middle of the towel. Pull the sides of the towel upwards towards the center and secure with a ribbon.

Try traditionally wrapping the gift as well, but instead of using gift paper use the kitchen towel instead. This will work best with the thinner, tightly woven towels found in stores.

Create a gift basket for a bridal shower or housewarming by wrapping a few small items in dishtowels. On top of the bevy of gifts you've wrapped, the recipient also has a half dozen new towels.

Kitchen towels are made from wonderful fabric to make your own gift bags. Sew a towel at the sides and bottom to make a small gift bag for an even more creative way to present your gift.


By purchasing the larger, waffle textured kitchen towels you can create a nice set of placemats. Depending upon the size of your towel, you may be able to cut a towel in half and make two placemats from each towel. When estimating size, measure an existing set of placemats and add an inch to each side for a seam. Sew seams on all four sides of the dishtowel and iron flat.


A friend even created a set of matching curtains by hanging the same dishtowels over a curtain rod so that they looked like a row of triangles. She then pinned them in place and sewed them together, adding a pocket for the rod to slip through. For a reasonable price and a little sewing work she had a matched valance and placemat dining room set.

Primp Them

Just because the discount store doesn't sell fancy kitchen towels doesn't mean you can't make your own. Be creative and dress up the plain towels with extra craft supplies. Using fusible web, iron on some appliqués from scrap fabrics and create holiday themed towels for less. Add buttons to create button flowers in the corners.

Create your own quilt towel. Cut a towel into four equal squares. Do this with a total of four towels. Then, piece and sew the squares back together, but mismatch the patterns for four quilt pieced towels.

Many Uses For Dishtowels

About The Author: Kelly Ann Butterbaugh is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to a variety of magazines and has written a history book for middle readers. Visit her website for writing help, lesson plans, history fun, or work for hire at

May 28, 20080 found this helpful

I was stuck in a room full of strangers waiting to get picked (or not) for jury duty. I found a home decor magazine with an article on uses for kitchen towels. The designer who wrote the article had inherited some nice ones and put them to use as napkins for family get togethers.

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May 29, 20080 found this helpful

I have a friend that is very thrifty, she used clothesline, clothespins and flour-sack dish towels to make cute window curtains. It looks like she has hung her dish towels in the window to dry (very cute look). She folded the towels into a crooked triangle for the valance and used clothes pins and clothesline to hold them in place. the lower curtains are held in place with clothespins at 3 points so that they sag a little between the pins. she completed the look by making matching napkins and place mats.

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May 29, 20080 found this helpful

I use my old ratty ones, cut down, for cleaning windows and dusting. Saves on paper towels.

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June 18, 20080 found this helpful

They make good napkins for picnics too.

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June 26, 20080 found this helpful

I made dish towels into bibs. They wash easily.

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August 12, 20130 found this helpful

This truly is a nice idea. Two gifts in one; a savings of money and expensive gift-wrap.

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