Drying Mat & Dish Soap

Oh how I love to make dish mats!  This is a simplified version of the dish mat tutorial on Fly Through Our Window.  When I looked at the dimensions of her mat it was HUGE! I guess you would want a big one if you are doing all your dishes by hand, but I just want a smaller one to put sippy cups on after they get out of the dishwasher. 
So, step number one: cut a piece of terry cloth 21″x16″
Cut three strips of fabric 5.5″x16
 Cut two strips of coorinating fabric 3.5″x16
Sew it all together.
Iron your seams so the the two smaller pieces are pressed towards the three larger pieces.  This makes it look like they are inset. Next you are going to put the right side of your pieced fabric to the right side of your terry cloth and with a half inch seam sew around the edge.  Be sure and leave an opening big enough to pull it right side out. Pull it right side out and then hand stich the small opening shut.
Now your are going to topstich with a triple stich (I’m soo happy my new sewing machine does a triple stich!!) a fourth inch seam on your three larger panels.  You can do a regular stich, but the triple stich gives it a little more substance.  Once you do those six lines you are going to do a half inch top stich around the edge of the mat to give it a more finished look.  And your done! Soo easy and way cuter than an old dish towel on the side of your sink!
This is one I made for my little sister.
I love putting dish soap in an olive oil bottle.  It makes the kitchen sink look a lot prettier than it would having a plastic bottle sitting there.  My little sister was over here last week and thought it was such a cute idea.  So when I was racking my brains trying to figure out what to get her for a college graduation present I remembered that she loved my olive oil dish soap dispenser.  I know your thinking that that’s a lame present to give for a graduation, but I know my sister will love it.  Her husband does all the cooking and she does the dishes so I also made her a girly dish drying mat.  I’m thinking maybe next week I’ll do a tutorial on the dish mat if anyone is interested. They are super easy and look soo much cuter than putting a dish towel on the counter top.  I need to make a few more for me and for my mom.  I promised to make her one months ago and I still haven’t done it yet.
(This is an old post off my old blog.  Sorry if you’ve already seen it.  I’m just taking a little bloggy break and will be back next week with new posts. Thanks!)
Linking to: Somewhat Simple
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3 Responses to Drying Mat & Dish Soap

  1. Jennie says:

    Cute cute…. love it! 😉

  2. Bonnie Arriola says:

    I think this is really cute. I have numerous old towels that I think could be repurposed to make these. Plus, I could use a simple, inexpensive gift to make/give. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. I’m so glad you reposted this… I’ve seen them around blogland but your tutorial is easy enough for me to follow. I can’t wait to make one!

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