Dishtowel Angel

by Merissa on November 1, 2010

in Homemade for the Holidays

Today I'll be starting this series about homemade gifts you can make. Christmas isn't always everyone's favorite time of year because for many of us because of the added stress and expense of buying gifts. For the next 3 weeks I'll be showing you several homemade gifts that are not only great little gifts but are easy on your budget! After I show you how to make and/or put together the gift I'll also include a cost list for all the things you need to complete the gift!
Here's a gift you many have seen in craft fairs or maybe you even have one already. These Dishtowel Angels are inexpensive to make and they give you a chance to be creative with the different towels and cloths you can find. Here's how to put it together.
What you need:
  • 1 Dishtowel
  • 1 Washcloth
  • 1 Pot Holder
  • Ribbon
Here is a picture of what you will need to make this project, potholders, dish cloths, dish towel, ribbon, and scissors. 

Start by taking the dish towel and folding it accordion style.

Fold the dish towel in half.
Do the same with the dish cloth, fold it accordion style. Don't fold in half like the dish towel though.

Scrunch together the middle of the pot holder.
Use the ribbon to tie the folded dish cloth to the scrunched pot holder.

Put the folded dish towel in the center and bring the ribbon ends (from the ribbon that you used to tie the dish cloth to the pot holder) and tie about 2 inches down from the folded center of the towel.

Bring the "arms"(dish cloth) around the front and tie with another ribbon around and inch from the ends of the dish cloth. And that's it!
Price list:
  • Dish Cloths: .50($1 for a 2 pack)
  • Dish Towel: $1
  • Pot Holder: .50($1 for a 2 pack)
  • Ribbon: Pennies(.33 a roll at Michaels)
Total cost for Dish Towel Angel: About 2.05!

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1 Sharon Johnson March 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

My daughter made me a towel angel years ago. I kept it dear to my heart. I was so happy to find the pattern on how to make it, without having to take it apart and put it back together. My plan is to make around 60 for Christmas gifts for co-workers. Hopefully I will be able to start this summer. I will have to keep my eyes open for great sales on towels. Thanks for posting the pattern. Sharon


2 celeste December 22, 2012 at 12:28 am

Thanks for posting the pattern of “dish towel angels” I have always wanted to know how to make one.


3 Dorothy January 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

I just tried this pattern. My towels and dishcloths were a bit thick and unwieldy, so I came up with an idea that proved helpful. I grabbed a spool of thread, and as I pleated each piece I wrapped it with thread to hold it in place. That is, once I adjusted the pleated towel so that I liked the shape of the head, I held it in place by wrapping thread around the “neck”. I pleated one end of the dishcloth, and thread-wrapped the “wrist”, repeating on the other end. I wrapped the pleated pot holder a few times on either side of the hanging loop. After pleating the center of the dishcloth I lashed the “neck” ribbon to the dishcloth and then the pot holder. Tying this ribbon around the “neck” in a bow also held the “arms” and “wings” on. It was easy to catch the tied-off “wrists” in a ribbon to complete the “angel”. The thread wrapping was a quick motion, holding the tail of the thread against the pleats with my thumb, wrapping the thread around several times and breaking off the thread. It didn’t add much time but greatly reduced my frustration level! My angels are neat, sturdy, and can be hung by the potholder loop without slipping apart. Thanks for the great pattern!


4 ms match September 13, 2014 at 7:39 am

yes, I also did it this way. it helps a lot!


5 Lilac November 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I’m confused, whats the difference between a dish towel and a dish cloth? At the very beginning it says I need 1 wash cloth but then does not mentioned it again. These are super nice and I would love to make them as thoughtful, loving yet affordable gifts this year.


6 Merissa November 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm

The dish cloth is used to make the arms. :)


7 ms match September 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

in my house we dry with the dish towel and use the dish cloth (rag) we say dish rag) to wash dishes.


8 Val November 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

These are enchanting! I am trying to have a frugal and/or homemade holiday season as much as possible this year. I love that this gift is both frugal and hand crafted. Thanks for the great idea!


9 lois December 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thanks so much for the instructions—so cute and affordable.


10 Jennifer December 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Grandma wanted dishtowels for Christmas – boring! We just made 3 angels out of the dishtowels and potholders. So cute and much less blah! Thanks for the idea!


11 ms match September 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

what store are you finding dish cloths and pot holders 2 for a dollar?


12 Merissa September 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

The Dollar Store :)


13 Brenda December 5, 2014 at 6:10 am

Thanks for the instructions! I made one last night and it turned out so adorable! I also found these to go along with them…
I am your Kitchen Angel
I’ll watch over all you do,
Baking all those goodies,
And snitching one or two!

And if you ever tire of me,
Or some help is what your wish is,
Just untie my little ribbons,
And I’ll help you with the dishes!
An angel in the Kitchen
Watching the stew
Blesses your cooking
And all that you do.

Merry Christmas


14 Merissa December 5, 2014 at 6:55 am

Very sweet, thanks for sharing!


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