How to Make a Simple Hanging Dish Towel

While looking at some plain white kitchen towels I bought the idea struck me that it wouldn't be that hard to make a simple hanging dish towel using only basic sewing skills, a leather scrap, and ribbon.

I'm all about simple and this fits that description on all levels.

Simple Hanging Dish Towel - stack of three white, one with orange trim, one with yellow trim, and one with green and blue trim

Why I Prefer A Hanging Dish Towel with a Loop

When it comes to preference, I prefer towels that hang and can be easily grabbed off a hook as opposed to the ones that are attached over an oven or dishwasher handle.

I think those are wonderful, but I'm more of a grabber so those aren't very practical for me. 

Practical vs. Pretty Dish Towels

Because I use my dish towels for nitty-gritty kitchen tasks I tend to not buy pretty ones unless I'm just using them for decor but sometimes, I want something with a cute touch.

Color Coding

For these particular towels I used different bright and bold colored ribbons to differentiate their uses.

Orange = bathroom

Blue/Green = kitchen

Yellow = dusting of primarily the living room

I keep them all displayed in the kitchen and know exactly which one I need to grab for a quick counter wipe up or dusting. It makes things so much easier!

DIY leather-looped cleaning towels - supplies

With a few simple inexpensive (CHEAP) additions, my plain white hanging dish towels were given a farmhouse vibe with some color.

Simple Hanging Dish Towel Tutorial

How to Make a Simple Hanging Dish Towel

Learn how to make a very simple hanging dish towel that requires basic sewing skills. These are easy to make in bulk and are wonderful to give as gifts.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Hands On Time:15 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes


  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread


  • Thick White Bar Mop Towels or plain white dish towels
  • Ribbon
  • Leather Scrap


  • Leather scrap used to add a leather loop to a kitchen towel.
  • Cut a strip from your leather scrap 4 inches long by ¾ of an
    inch wide. Use a pen to mark the size on the back of the leather. Cut 3 of
    these, 1 for each towel.
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  • Pin the leather loop to the center of one of the long edges of the towel.
  • ribbon-pinned-in-place
  • Cut a piece of ribbon and pin across a lower corner of the towel at an angle.
  • ribbons-leather-and-towel
  • Grab your supplies and stitch!
  • I used a zig-zag stitch to attach the leather loops and the ribbon.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Makes: 3 Towels
Author: Mary Beth
DIY color-coded cleaning towels hanging from a DIY farmhouse style wall organizer.

I keep the towels handy, hanging them from a farmhouse-style wall organizer that you can find the easy DIY for here, and grab them when I need them. 

Color-coded cleaning towels with leather loops shown hanging from a DIY farmhouse-style wood and metal hanging organizer.
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Simple Hanging Dish Towel DIY

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    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Michelle!

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  2. Hi Mary Beth! I just wanted to let you know that you were one of my features this week on Tuesday turn About! I love the way your kitchen towels turned out. They are so lovely. Thanks for sharing. I hope you’ll join us again!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Crissy!!!!

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Crissy!!!!

  3. Such an adorable project! I love bar mop towels and adding the leather loop is brilliant! Pinned! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy!