DIY Ruffle Dishtowels

Hi everyone!  Katie here from View From The Fridge back this month with an easy way to add a little character to some plain ol’ white dishtowels.

Since adding a third little boy to our family several weeks ago, I’m all about adding a little frilly, girly flair to other areas of our home wherever I can (you know … to feel less outnumbered in a house full of boys).  Today, I’ll show you how to turn your average, ordinary white dish towels into fun, shabby chic towels that you’ll want to take out of the drawer and display!

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Cute, right?  The kind of towels you’ll want hanging on your stove or dishwasher when guests come over.  The kind of towels that add just the perfect shabby chic touch to your kitchen.  The kind of towels you’ll want your guests to notice.

Here’s how easy it is:

First, you’ll need the following …


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  1. Strips of fabric in a variety of colors or shades.  I used four different fabrics .. a denim, and a dark, medium, and light blue broadcloth.  You only need about 1/4 of a yard.  I picked out my 4 fabrics at Joann.  They have quite a few shades of every color in the broadcloth … and it’s only $4/yd if you pay full price (which you should never actually have to do at Joann … coupons, darling).
  2. Plain white dishtowels.  Mine are from Target … 4 pack for $3.99!
  3. Sewing machine and coordinating thread


And here are the simple steps:


  1. Cut ~3″ strips out of each of your four fabrics.

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    Cut Fabric Into Strips

  2. Ruffle each strip using your sewing machine.  Simply set your machine to a high tension and longest stitch length (a basting stitch).
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    Sewing Machine Settings

    Near one side of your fabric strip, simple sew a line down the edge of your fabric.  These settings on your machine will cause your fabric to ruffle.  Check out the ‘before’ and after:

    DIY Ruffle Dishtowel | View From The Fridge

    Before and After Ruffling

  3. After ruffling each strip, simply sew the strips onto the edge of your dishtowel one-by-one.

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    Sew on each fabric strip

  4. If you want, go ahead and trim each fabric to the desired length.  The unfinished edges of the ruffles are what gives it more of that shabby chic look we’re going for.

That’s it!

5 simple steps, and you have added some fun, frilly flair to your ordinary towels!


DIY Ruffle Dishtowel | View From The Fridge

Thanks for having me today!  I’ll see you back next month, but until then, I’d love for you to drop in and say ‘hello’ over at View From The Fridge.


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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. This just happened to correspond to when they purchased their current home. She wanted a place to share their updates, projects, lessons learned, and all her DIY crafts. Her husband is a Financial Advisor, therefore all of their projects are always on a budget (which is usually a lot less than she would prefer … but she loves a challenge). Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she's not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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  1. Katie, I LOVE these towels. They would make a perfect wedding present, I think! I totally understand your need for some femininity in a house of boys, you are a super mom! 🙂

  2. Katie,
    These towels are awesome and I totally love the touch of girlie flair! Thanks for linking up with us at The Wednesday Roundup!

  3. Super cute dish towel, looove it! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  4. These are really cute towels. Also a great way to use up some leftover fabric – which I have a lot of.

  5. Such a cute idea. We loved it and are featuring it at The Wednesday Roundup!

  6. Is that three feet strips or 3 inches?
    My towels from target are pretty wide… did you cut yours down?

  7. I love this I have a ruffle for my machine but I have yet to master it this way you have sounds a whole lot easier, I think I will do mine in all white, cause I goin for the Shabby Chic all white look, thanks for the share!!