Can It! Mason Jar Dishtowel

Gah. I love making dishtowels.

And let’s face it – I love making kind-of impractical dishtowels. The kind that make you freak out a little if your kids wipe their hands on them.

To be honest I don’t really care if they get messy. It’s worth it and I think it is soooo fun to add a bit of style and fun and color to your kitchen with sweet dishtowels!

Today’s new dishtowel is so cute – and a little snarky too. :)
It’s my Can It! Mason Jar Dishtowel!

You can totally leave off the little “Can It” label or change the wording if you don’t feel like basically telling someone to shut it on a dishtowel. ;)

The  Jars are stitched on, then embellished with just a wee bit of thread sketching. And they have baker’s twine decorating the lids! So fun.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Fabric for dishtowel:
    I used osnaburg but you can use any canvas or linen, or use a purchased dishtowel
    You’ll need a piece 21″ x 28″ and a piece 2 1/2″ x 56″ (that little one needs to be cut on the bias)
  • Fabric for Jars, lids and label (see pattern for sizes – you don’t need much)
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Wonder Under
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Glue (for ends of twine)
  • Pattern for Jars – Click Here to Open
    Please keep in mind that all Flamingo Toes patterns are for personal use only. Do not transfer or sell the pattern, or items made from the pattern.
    Also, patterns are for Flamingo Toes followers, so please choose to follow along before downloading any pattern. Thanks!

Start by embroidering your label. Trace the lettering onto a scrap of white fabric.
Use a back stitch to do the letters. If you need a tutorial you can find one on my How To Do That page for embroidery.

Pretend there’s an exclamation point on there ok? I sort of forget to trace mine.

Once your embroidery is done, iron a piece of Wonder Under to the back and cut out your label piece.
Iron Wonder Under to your jar and lid fabrics and cut those pieces out as well.

Lay out your jars on your dishtowel. Center the middle jar on the towel, about 4″ up from the bottom of the towel. Place the other two jars on either side, 1/2″ away from the center jar. Remove the paper backing and iron these in place.

Cut three 24″ pieces of baker’s twine in whatever colors you want. I found that the thicker twine works best here.
Lay the twine over the top section of the jar. For the middle jar I centered the twine. For the left and right jars, I layed them out a little uneven since I wanted the bows off-center.
(So the left jar had more twine on the left side.)
Place the lid piece over the twine and jar top. Remove the paper backing and iron down, sandwiching the twine between the two pieces.

Once all your twine and lids are ironed on, sew around the edges of the jars and lids with a little tiny zig zag stitch. Sew right over the edges of the jar lids, sewing over the twine at the same time.

Now we’re going to do our sketching. Lower the feed dogs on your machine and put on your free motion foot.
Mark the jars with the sketching lines that are on the pattern.

Sew over these lines, going over them as many times as you’d like. The more times you sew over them, the darker the lines will be.
For the jar lid, sew the horizontal lines on either side of the twine, then sew some zig zags in between the top and bottom lines, for a fun sketchy look.

Once your lines are all sketched on, tie the twine in the bows where you’d like them. Hand sew the knots of the bows in place.
Trim the bottoms of the bows so they’re not crazy long or crooked and treat the ends of the twine with glue so they don’t unravel.

Move the bow of your right dishtowel out of the way, then place the label to the side of the jar. Iron the label in place, then sew on with a small zig zag stitch.

Now we’re going to finish off the dishtowel. Hem the two long sides and the end of the dishtowel that won’t have the ruffle.

Hem the two short sides of the ruffle, then sew a gathering stitch 1/4″ away from the top edge.

Sew the right side of the ruffle to the right side of the bottom edge of the dishtowel with a 1/2″ seam. Press the ruffle down and top stitch the seam, 1/4″ from the edge on the dishtowel side.

And you’re all finished!!

So what do you think? Pretty fun right?

Linking up at Sunday Scoop, Today’s Creative Blog, Met Monday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, Quilt Story, Shabby Creek Cottage, My Repurposed Life, 504 Main, Positively Splendid, and the other fabulous parties on the party page – make sure you check them out!

This was originally a guest post over at Eat. Sleep. Make. :)


  • Reply January 9, 2013

    Holly Lefevre

    Oh no you did not….this much cuteness should not be allowed. I LOVE it Bev! I want 20 of these towels!

  • Reply January 10, 2013


    Wow Bev, this is a beautiful tea towel! I would have thought a project like this would be way out of my league but your tutorial is explained brilliantly. I might be giving this a try at the weekend :)

  • Reply January 10, 2013

    Elyse @ Shabby Sweet Tea

    I cannot even tell you how much I am in love with this little. I’m all about making one except I don’t sew. Do you happen to sell these little cuties?

  • I thought I left a reply to this the other day but these are ADORABLE! I just love them!! :) Claire

  • Reply January 10, 2013


    Sooo adorable!!


  • Reply January 11, 2013


    These are so cute! I’m obsessed with mason jars. And I love the “can it” label :)

  • Reply January 11, 2013

    Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Oh, my gosh, cuteness!! Love it, Bev!! :)

  • oh so cute Bev!! i’m a sucker for anything with a mason jar :) ♥

  • Reply January 11, 2013

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    Oh Bev! These are absolutely, wonderfully, splendidly creative and so beautifully done (as always). Your creations are truly exceptional!

  • This is an adorable project . Love it and Pinned it so that my daughter can look at it. She loves Mason jars and used them in her outdoor wedding decor.

  • Reply January 11, 2013


    I love these! I don’t mind if my kids us my dishtowels to dry their hands either, I just wish they would really wash them first.

  • Reply January 12, 2013


    So much cute friend!!! I love it!!!

  • Reply January 12, 2013


    This dish towel is wonderful. I love it.

  • Reply January 13, 2013


    These are going to be a “must do” for my kitchen. I love mason jars and my kitchen and dining room light fixtures are mason jars so these would fit right in. Love them!

  • Just perfect Bev. Wanted to let you know I just featured this as part of my link party wrap up!

  • Reply January 13, 2013


    Very talented! I love your design.

  • Reply January 14, 2013

    Cheryl@ Sew Can Do

    Really cute & the details are adorable. I’ve featured this fabulous idea at this week’s Craftastic Party. Be sure to grab a Featured On button & thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  • Reply January 14, 2013


    This is absolutely darling! I love it! My first thought was that it would make a great house warming present, or mothers day gift. My second thought was – that would look great in my kitchen! I am pinning this and will definitely be making at least one! Thanks for the great post! Have an awesome day!

  • Reply January 14, 2013

    Betsy @ Anna Nimmity

    Very cute! I love it.

  • Reply January 15, 2013


    Squealingly cool! Many thanks for sharing it!
    “Put A Lid On It!” would work too. ;)
    Found you through Today’s Creative Blog. Cheers!

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