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Friday, July 7, 2017

A Divine Way To Dry Dishes

I always hand wash my pieces of antique china and silver. I had been laying the wet dishes out on an ordinary dishtowel to dry. I like the ease of being able to place the used towel in the wash afterwards as opposed to continually cleaning a plastic dishrack which tends to become a mildewy/germy mess.

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Recently, I came across a stack of vintage linen dishtowels. I love how quickly they dry. I remembered that I had been wanting to make some fancier dish drying towels.

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I dug through all of my vintage fabric scraps and began sewing strips together.

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The front and back pieces of fabric were joined together with a bit of machine embroidery.

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A small detail that makes me smile.

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It was a labor of love to select all the fabrics.

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Creating a happy match to the fronts featuring vintage linen calendar towels.

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So many of the colors made me smile.

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If you would like a dish drying mat to bless your house you can find them HERE.

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There are several colors/patterns available.

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May all your housework be made happy.

Laura

16 comments :

Auntie Em said...

What a fun thing to do with those old linen calendars. They were so popular at one time. My mother and grandmothers always had one hanging in their kitchen and usually afterwards they were turned into dishtowels. I remember drying dishes with them very well! lol
BTW, I finally gave up on the plastic dish drainers and bought a metal one. It fits into the dish washer to get a good cleaning every few weeks.

Eilis said...

Your china looks so charming drying on vintage linen in your beautiful white kitchen. Maybe I'll get out my wedding china and enjoy it!

Mildred said...

Such a fun idea, Laura. I remember mother would receive one of these for Christmas each year from a great aunt (it came rolled up in a long, narrow box). How fun for you to choose the coordinating fabrics! Love!

GSGreatEscaper said...

I love these! When traveling in England, every tourist spot (think castles and museums) still sells tea towels, and that's my preferred souvenir. (Preferably in blue and white...) How fun would it be to do this with the next batch - if ever I get across again!

maggiegracecreates said...

These are fabulous ---- and your color choices are "spot on". I LOVE coming here so much.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word. Only you would think of this and how cool they look. I love them.

Sandi said...

"May all your housework be made happy."

I like this!

And your sink is beautiful!

Jeanne Washburn said...

What a lovely way to dry dishes...you are right about the dish drain gunky germy mess...this is so much prettier and gets the job done. :)

Simply LKJ said...

What a neat idea! Pretty and useful.

Christine said...

You have the best DIY crafts!

ellen b. said...

Well, that's fun. I'll need to dig and see if I have a stash somewhere.

Jeanie said...

This is so pretty. I know what you mean about drying on towels -- I do that, too. But this amps it up a lot and in a very good way. I might have to rummage through my stash!

Carol Stebner said...

These are so lovely, Laura! Just this morning, I added some kitchen towel ideas to my Pinterest board...I'll be adding your idea, too!

Warm hugs,
Carol

Botanic Bleu said...

Laura,
Another wonderful, creative idea. I use dish towels to drain my hand washed dishes, too. Plastic drainers just do anything for me... I have an aversion to plastic anything.

Judith

Mrs.T said...

What a wonderful idea and how beautifully they turned out! I do have a stash of these towels and have used them in numerous ways. I have a Pinterest board all about calendar towels and will be pinning this to it.

Janet W. said...

I dry my dishes on dish towels for the same reason, but mine are not nearly as beautiful as yours!♥