DIY Boutique Dishtowels

Need a fresh color splash in your kitchen, but not wanting to pay big bucks? Try making these colorful DIY Boutique Dishtowels.
Simply find a couple of coordinating prints of Duck Cloth (or any 100% cotton fabric) at the fabric store, some trim and go to town!
The final dimensions of my towels were about 16 1/2" x 26 1/2", but you could make yours larger if you wanted. Duck Cloth comes in so many fun colors and patterns now. You shouldn't have any trouble finding some to match your decor, or perhaps to give it that punch of color you've been wanting.
I was drawn to these fun patterns, even though they are a bit of a diversion from my usual colors and style. Maybe it was just Spring Fever? Well, anyway, they are a little sassy and add some pizazz to my kitchen. I gave my Mom one of them for her birthday in March and she loved it.  I probably should have waited for Mother's Day. Oh, well... you could still make one for your mom. Heck, you could make a bunch for all the ladies in your life. Who doesn't love a fun dishtowel?
I'm linking up at some of these great parties and
Savvy Southern StyleCoastal Charm and Between Naps on the Porch
***UPDATE***
I've had lots of questions about how well these towels absorb liquids. I have found that they work better than my microfiber towels and they dry dishes/hands about as well as any of my other 100% cotton towels I've bought at the store.

52 comments:

  1. I love the fabrics you used! Cute dish cloths!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party
    http://usscrafty.blogspot.com/2013/04/submarine-sunday-28.html

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  2. Um, super cute. Really, really love that fabric!!

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  3. Cute, cute, cute! Found you through the Like Me on Facebook party {and I'm you're newest "like"}! Glad I did - can't wait to read more... Hope you have a great week!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  4. Those are amazing! Love the colors and prints! Great job!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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  5. Yeah, dishtowels are a great gift. They are so practical and can come out and liven things right up or sit in a drawer til needed. These would be out for sure!
    Liz

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  6. Love these, especially the pleated trim! My boys are going to a little girl's 2nd birthday this weekend and she's getting a play kitchen made by her parents. These would make a perfect gift to go with her kitchen. Now if I can find the time to make these before the party! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  7. Those are great! I love the colors & patterns you chose!

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  8. They just pop! Love the fun patterns and colors.

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  9. Oh Nicci, I think thats a lovely pattern for a kitchen

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  10. These are AMAZing! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Pinning immediately. Would LOVE for you to come and share this on my blog tomorrow at THE Pin It Party! Dets here:http://creativegeekery.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-pin-it-party-email-reminder.html

    XO, ellie

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  11. Those are just darling! I love the one with the ric-rac! In my kitchen they would be cute for about 10 minutes, but it would be an awesome 10 minutes! Visiting from Someday Crafts.

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  12. so pretty perfect for spring come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  13. love your fabric . .think i'll have to do these for mother's day!! perfect gift!

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  14. I agree, those fabrics are really cute! Great job.

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  15. They are very sassy indeed! Very cute! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  16. Absolutely love the towels! Visiting from hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com

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  17. These are beautiful! I've been thinking I need to find some fun new towels for the kitchen. Of course, I should make them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. I really like those dishtowels Nici. The fabrics and trims you chose are a great way to add a punch of color to a kitchen. I especially like the trim on the towel in the second picture. Great idea!

    Debbie

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  19. So cheery and adorable! Will have to make a batch for my daughter's college apartment, what a great way to liven up an ugly little kitchen :)
    Cheers, Andrea

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  20. I love a fun dish towel, that's for sure! These are adorable!

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  21. Love those great colors! This would make a great gift -- after I make some for me of course!

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  22. Very cute, I love these! Found you through Coake Family - Family Fun #11...

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C
    http://designsbystudioc.com

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  23. These are super cute! I love the fabric that you chose. So perfect for summer :)

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  24. Loved them! Did u wash the fabric 1st? Thanx for sharing! Cool fabric. Tiffany
    My castle doors are always open over at the "royal blog" for browsing!

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  25. I never like the dish towels at the store, but I never considered making my own before. The possibilities are endless...

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  26. What pretty towels! I never thought of making my own and I love the idea! Does the duck cloth do a good job of wiping things up or do you only have these as more decorative towels?
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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    1. Thank you, KC! I would say they are more for decorative purposes, however, they do absorb pretty well. I just enjoy having a couple of cheerful towels in the kitchen.

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  27. Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  28. Love them! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Thanks for the idea of dish towels using duck cloth. I have recently bought vintage rick rack and crochet which would look great on some of these. Now, if I just knew where I hid my sewing machine...

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  30. Love these, love the print and fabric. Visiting from Seasonal Sundays. xo

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  31. These look great!

    Happy to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

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  32. Gorgeous! I absolutely love the fabrics you picked! I popped over from I Heart Nap Time--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  33. These are so cute! Does the duck cloth absorb well, or are they mostly just for decorative purposes? Just curious :) I love the idea! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday!!

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    1. The duck cloth does absorb fairly well...better than my microfiber towels. I do enjoy them for the decorative aspect. Thanks for stopping by!

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  34. Great project! And love your idea for a mother's day gift. I may just have to sew up a couple this week :)

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  35. Beautiful..love the colors and prints! Thanks for sharing with us at MOnday Funday Nici!

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  36. They turned out so cute! Very clever idea. Great job!

    Visiting from Tweak It Tuesday :)
    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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  37. Your dish towels are very colorful and brighten up the kitchen, but what I want to know is, "Do they dry dishes or are they just a decoration?"

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    1. They dry the dishes all right for a decorative towel :-) I really just like the punch of color and use them mostly to dry my hands. Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Love! I badly need a little color in my kitchen!!

    Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

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  39. Great colors and a perfectly fun way to add color and "sass!"

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  40. Thanks for linking up to your whims wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button! http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/04/your-whims-wednesday-109-and-features.html

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  41. So fun and colorful!! Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest; best of luck!

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  42. Great project, Nici. Love it. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays!! Nichi

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  43. Nici, these are awesome!! What a great idea. I just pinned. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  44. Great Project thanks for sharing! Visiting from MondayFunday and FieldsofBasil.blogspot.com, I am definitely going to do this, would make a great shower gift too!

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  45. Hey great idea! Found you from MondayFunday, and visiting from FieldsofBasil.blogspot.com, going to use this idea for a shower gift! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Absolutely Fabulous, I am off to my fabric stash to get started!

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  47. Dropped by from TTDP, what a great idea so simple but incredibly effective :)

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