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    DIY: Appliqued Dishcloths

    Replace your grotty dishcloths with these pretty easy to make ones!

    "If you’re anything like me, you’ll like even the practical, mundane items in your home to be pretty. So rather than buy a pack of cheap, ugly dishcloths, why not make some yourself that will look lovely by your sink and less likely to wear through then the cheap ones. For this project I’ve added decoration to some towelling cloths with pretty bias binding and appliquéd details."

    Here's what you'll need...

    • Towelling fabric
    • Patterned fabrics
    • Shop bought bias binding (or make your own)
    • Machine sew Heat n Bond iron on adhesive
    • Thin card or paper
    • Fabric scissors
    • Sewing machine
    • Iron

    Here's how it's done... Step 1

    Cut your towelling fabric to approx 34cm square.


    Step 2

    I made my own bias binding (there are lots of tutorials for this online) but of course you can buy some to match your patterned fabric. Sew on your bias binding to the top and bottom edges of the cloth.


    Step 3

    Create a rolled hem on the other two edges and stitch down, so all your edges are now neat and tidy.


    Step 4

    Cut out a piece of Heat n Bond paper to the size you need, and iron on to the wrong side of your patterned fabric.


    Step 5

    Make a template of the shapes you want to appliqué from your card or paper, and then use this to cut out the shapes from the fabric which you’ve just ironed the adhesive to.


    Step 6

    Work out the positioning of your shapes on your dishcloth.


    Step 7

    Remove the backing paper from the adhesive, and then iron on the fabric shapes to your dishcloth.


    Step 8

    On your sewing machine, stitch round the edges of your shapes, You can use a different stitch such as a zig-zag for interest, and you can jazz it up with a contrasting thread colour – although bear in mind this will show up on the reverse side of your cloth.



    Now go get rid of those old grotty cloths, and replace with your new, pretty creations!

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