Plaid & Polkadot Deer Dish Towel

Stylish Christmas Deer Dish Towel

I just love creating fun dish towels – I think they really dress up the kitchen and they make such great gifts! This snazzy little deer towel would be perfect as a hostess gift for any parties you’re attending!

I also hold firmly to the rule that it’s ok to USE cute hand towels! That’s what washing machines are for right?? :)

Polkadot and Plaid Dish Towel

Dapper Deer Dish Towel

This is so easy to sew up and personalize with your favorite fabric combos! I wanted to make up mine in a sweet assortment of plaids and polkadots but it would look great with florals too!

Christmas Dish Towel DIY

Our deer is so fancy too, all dressed up with a bow tie. Perfect for Christmas parties don’t you think?

So let’s get started! You’ll need: (This post contains affiliate links) ;)

  • Fabric Amounts:
    • Dish Towel – any heavyweight cotton fabric will work great – 20″ x 28″ (or you can use a plain purchased dish towel)
    • Deer – 8 1/2″ x 5″
    • Plaid border – 5″ x 20″ + small amount for bow tie
    • Plaid Bias Tape – 1 1/2″ x 20″
    • (I recommend washing all your fabrics first so you don’t have wonky shrinkage)
  • Lace – 20″ piece
  • Wonder Under or other fusible webbing
  • Optional – gold paint, fabric medium for polkadots

Begin by cutting out your dishtowel. If you want to add the polkadots, add Fabric Medium (so it will be washable) to any craft paint and use the bottom of a paint brush to paint on little dots. I made my dots larger towards the bottom and smaller as they went up to the halfway point on the towel.

Polkadot Dishtowel

Once your paint is dry, hem the two long sides and the short end of the towel opposite all your polkadots.

hemming sides of dishtowel

Line up your border with the bottom edge of the dish towel so that the right sides are together. Sew along the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

sew plaid border to dishtowel

Press the border down away from the dishtowel, then fold the bottom edge back up towards the towel so the border is folded in half and the front edge lines up with back edge. (see photo below). Sew the two sides of the border so the seams are even with the sides of the dish towel. Trim off the seams and the corners.

sewing sides of border

Turn the border right side out. Press the top edge under 1/2″ to the inside on the back side of the dishtowel.

pressing back of border

Baste the opening closed along the folded edge.

Fold the two long sides of your bias tape trim in towards the center and press.

plaid bias tape

Lay the bias tape so it is centered over the border seam on the front of the dishtowel. Wrap the ends around the sides of the towel. Pin in place, then sew the top down just inside the folded edge.

sewing bias tape to dish towel

Tuck your lace trim under the open bottom edge of the bias tape. Wrap the ends around to the back of the towel as well. Sew down the bottom edge of the bias tape, sewing the lace in place at the same time.

sewing lace trim to border

Print out a deer shape (I used this one and resized it to 8″ tall). Iron a piece of fusible webbing a little larger than your deer onto the wrong side of your deer fabric. Cut our your deer shape.

flannel deer

Remove the paper backing and press the deer onto the dish towel. It should be centered and about halfway between the mid point of the dishtowel and the bottom edge. Sew around the edge with a tiny zig zag stitch to hold in place.

sew deer to dishtowel

To get your deer all dressed up for Christmas, make a small plaid bow tie and hand sew it in place. So cute!!

Sew Bow Tie to Deer

Your dish towel is all finished off and ready for displaying or giving away!

Plaid and Polkadot Deer Dish towel

Stylish Christmas Deer Tea Towel

I hope you give it a try! The little Faux Bottle Brush trees are fun to make as well – they are super easy to do and so much less expensive than the vintage versions!



  • Reply November 30, 2015


    This dishtowel is SO adorable! I love it!

  • Reply November 30, 2015


    Very cute and very seasonal not just only Christmas but the tartan and stag gives it a Scottish feel. With it today being St Andrews day that makes it a doubly festive craft. Thanks

  • Reply November 30, 2015


    Cute! LOVE the bow tie! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow that features your tutorial: –Anne

    • December 1, 2015


      Thank you so much Anne!! You are the besssssst! :)

  • Reply December 9, 2015

    Jessica @Finding Purpose

    This dish towel is absolutely adorable! I love the combinations of prints…especially the plaid :)

  • Reply December 10, 2015

    Sadie Seasongoods

    LOVE this! It looks like something your’d fine at one of my favorite local shops, “We Took to the Woods”. Thanks for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday!!

  • Hi, I just popped over from the ‘weekend wind-up’ link party.

    I really love this tea-towel, great clear photos. I’m going to put this in my favourites as it would look great in the gift baskets that I make for friends during the holiday season.

  • Reply December 12, 2015

    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    Wow…you are so creative! I love this and it turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday and I hope you’ll join us for an all new party tonight!

  • Reply December 12, 2015


    Gorgeous! Absolutely love it :)

    Justine @ Charm City Ciemny’s

  • Reply December 13, 2015

    Theresa @DearCreatives

    This is so cute. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon. Happy Holiday Season.

  • Reply December 13, 2015


    Oh this is too beautiful! I would have to display it out of reach of my family or they might use it. Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty . I hope you will join us again next week.

  • Reply December 15, 2015

    Quinn Caudill

    Very creative. Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday. Pinned. Hope to see you again this week. Quinn

  • Reply December 16, 2015

    Jennifer Dawn

    This is gorgeous! I love the mix of fabrics and patterns. I featured this in collection of cozy, rustic Christmas ideas for our link party today. You’ll find it here…

  • Bev, I love just about everything you make! This is so cute- I love that bowtie! Thanks for linking up to The Handmade Hangout. I will be featuring you on my blog when our new linky goes live Thurs at 6pm ET. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

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