Dish Cloth/Towel Britches

This dish cloth or dish towel craft project is great for fundraisers and craft stalls.

Dish Cloth/Towel Britches

What you need

2 Dish clothes
Darning needle (depends on open weave of cloths)


Start by folding the the two dishcloths in half, side by side, with the open part facing each other.

Use some ribbon to sew/weave the top of the pants by sewing all the way across the pants at one end. This is to make the waist band about a 1/2 inch from the top.

Pull it slightly to gather the waistband and make it ruffled. Make sure you sew/weave through all the layers.

Take the ribbon and tie 3 bows down the middle to form the gusset of the pants, a simple in and out of each side of the pant legs will be fine.

Then place two bows at the bottom of each towel to form the pant legs. Sew/weave the ribbon at the bottom of each pant leg to form a hem around 1/2 inch from the end of the cloth then pull it till it gathers the pant leg to form a ruffle.

Print or write out this poem and attach it to the pants.


Now don’t get excited,
Don’t be misled.
These aren’t for you,
but your dishes instead.
Just pull on the bow,
take out the stitches,
You’ve gained two dishcloths
but lost your britches!

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  1. Love it very clever

  2. These are just too cute and I’m going to make some for my friends gift bags. Thanks for a great idea.

  3. that is the cutties thing have to make

  4. I have a pair of these i bought at a craft show over 10 years ago!

  5. I have made these for craft fairs and they always sell out!


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