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This DIY Hanging Dish Towel Solves A Major Kitchen Annoyance!

Simple Hanging Dish Towel

When I started this blog back in 2011, I set a goal to share “one good thing” with my readers every day. (And by “readers,” I meant my mom, dad, and husband, because they truly were the only people reading my blog in the beginning!)

Although my blog has experienced a lot of growth over the past 8 years, my goal hasn’t changed a bit! I’m still as dedicated as ever to the process of discovering and sharing “good things” that make life easier or more enjoyable!

If sharing “good things” on my blog has taught me anything, it’s that good things come in many shapes and sizes. And even when a problem is small or more of an annoyance than anything, it can still be just as satisfying to find a solution!

Simple Hanging Dish Towel

And that brings us to the topic of today’s post, because it definitely qualifies as a satisfying solution to one of my major “pet peeves” in the kitchen. Because today I’ll be showing you how to make a simple hanging dish towel that will actually stay on your oven door handle without sliding off!

A Note On Sewing

Before we dive in to the actual tutorial, I wanted to mention that yes, this project does require a small amount of sewing. However, this is a very beginner-friendly project! If you can use a sewing machine to sew a (mostly) straight line, you’ve got what it takes to make this hanging dish towel. :-)


How To Make A Simple Hanging Dish Towel

You’ll need:

  • Dish towel
  • Scissors
  • Wide ribbon
  • Thin ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Safety pins


Cutting ribbon

Step 1 – Cut Your Ribbons

Use your scissors to cut two lengths of your wide ribbon about 1” longer than the width of your towel.

Simple Hanging Dish Towel

Next, cut two lengths of your thin ribbon that measure 8” longer than the lengths of wide ribbon you just cut.

Step 2 – Attach The Wide Ribbons

Position the first length of wide ribbon 4” down from the top of the towel (If your towel doesn’t have a design that needs to be positioned a certain way, just pick one of the short edges to use as the “top.”)

Sewing the wide ribbon

Pin the ribbon in place, then sew it down along both long edges. Fold the ends of the ribbon under before sewing them down to make a nice finished edge (or just sew end-to-end and you can trim the excess later!)

Next, position the second length of wide ribbon 4” below the first ribbon. Sew it in place in the same manner, along both long edges.

Feeding the thin ribbon through

Step 3 – Add The Thin Ribbons

Attach a safety pin to the end of one of the thin ribbons, then feed it through the opening of one of the wide ribbons. Feed it through until it comes out the other end.

Repeat the process for the second thin ribbon, so that both wide ribbons have a thin ribbon running through them. Remove the safety pins and make sure the thin ribbons are centered across the width of the towel.

Simple Hanging Dish Towel

Gather all four ends of the thin ribbons in one hand, then cinch the towel together until it’s a little more than half the original width. Pin the ribbons in place, then sew down the four open edges of the wide ribbon.

If necessary, trim the edges of your ribbons to finish. (If you chose not to fold under the edges, you may want to singe them with a lighter after trimming  to prevent fraying.)

Simple Hanging Dish Towel

Step 4 – Hang Your Towel

Once your towel is done, hang the top over your oven door handle and use the edges of the thin ribbons to tie it in place. Then go forth and enjoy your dependable dish towel that won’t slip, slide, or budge until you want it to! :-)

Simple Hanging Dish Towel

While I’m reasonably confident in my sewing skills, I normally avoid sewing projects simply because they’re too time-consuming. But this one is so quick to do, and I love the way the finished towels look (and more importantly, perform!)

If you could pick one minor annoyance or pet peeve to eliminate from your daily life, what would it be?

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  • Cute BUT I change /wash my hand towel daily. I purchased a package of fabric covered hair scrunchies at WalMart…lots of colors. I just hang the towel and put a scrunchie on it like a pony tail. Quick, easy, cheap, cute, no sewing and easy to change.

      • Sorry Hilda, you should have said haha or lol. There have been numerous people in the past that made negative comments on things that Jillee has posted, I along with several others, according to the thumbs down, took it as being critical. Have a blessed day!!

  • If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can buy (1/4-1/8” width) Peel & Stick Fabric Fuse or Heat n Bond Fabric Fuse or Aleene’s Fabric Adhesive glue. Available at Walmart or Joanne Fabric. All work well and no sewing machine needed!

  • I got tired of my dish towels for drying dropping off the magnetic hooks on my refrigerator. I said I’m done with this. I pulled out my sewing machine and created button holes on one of the long sides. Viola they NEVER fall off. I have two towels, one for drying hands and one for a quick drying of a glass etc.

  • I just wrapped some of that rubber shelf liner around my oven handle and it grips my towels so they stay in place even when the oven door is opened. Sewing is not my jam!

    • Another version of this idea might be the ridged silicone strips designed to fit over the front of oven shelves to prevent burning ourselves when putting stuff in or taking out of oven – would depend on thickness of oven handles of course. I use these along the top of my tall radiators to prevent scratching them when I put clothes hangers etc on them.

  • Just want to point out a serious safety issue for toddlers and babies groping their way around the kitchen. Some babies have been serious hurt by pulling down these towels or even towels just draped over oven handles, with the heavy door coming down on them. PLEASE dont drape towels until your toddlers and vistors’ toddlers are over this age. Thanks. [Also don’t forget to secure ALL chests to the walls—babies have been killed pulling out drawers and climbing up.] Sorry to be a downer but these are real concerns.

    • We had a case in our area several years ago where a toddler was killed. He was climbing on top of something and the tv fell on him. The parents started a push to have TVs, chest of drawers, etc have bolts so they can be secured to a wall and not topple onto a kid. Definetly don’t use the towel until kids are out of this stage.

  • Hi! Any ideas on where to keep the kitchen washcloth, orher than hanging over the faucet handle? I hare looking at it, but it needs to be handy all day.

    • I bought a small wire basket with suction cups attached. Once attached to the side of the sink, hang the dishcloth from it. I knit the small cotton dishcloths and change them every three days. I don’t know if this would work with heavier cloths.

      • Or what about a small jewelry hanger that is plastic. You can add suction cups to it and cut off any extra compartments you don’t need. Make it your size to fit inside your cupboard door. Plastic can be washed, won’t drip and it’s handy all day long.

      • How do you last 3 days with the knitted cloths?
        I have some and find that by the end of the day they smell.

      • I change mine EVERY day, dish cloth AND towel. They get lots of germs and even they are laid out to dry, still get a sour smell. Depending on what I have wiped up, sometimes I change twice a day, when I do the laundry, I wash and dry them by themselves. Also use a lot of disinfecting wipes in the kitchen. Rolls of ground beef and sausage etc, I wipe them down with disinfecting wipes before I put them in the fridge, who knows whose hands have touched them. Probably should wipe off all jars of whatever. Can’t be to careful anymore. Guess I worked in the medical field to long.

  • Even less sewing…..
    I would just sew two pieces of ribbon about 4″ apart to each side of the ungathered towel at the top and then tie as above, putting an extra pair centrally if necessary to avoid the droop.
    Thank you for an excellent site.

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