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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.
Print How-To
Prep Time:5 mins
15 mins
Total Time:20 mins


  • 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.
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. www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com
hugs, mb new logo March 2016
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!