Friday, November 8, 2013

Net Curtain Washies Tutorial & Wip

Talk about not throwing anything out!!  I'm not normally a hoarder but when it comes to fabric I just can't bare to throw anything out. I've been keeping this piece of net curtain for the past 18 years LOLLLLL. It was left over when I cut my nets down to size.

Sixteen years on and I used some of it to make laundry bags. The kind you put your undies in for the washing machine. There was loads left so I held onto it just in case it came in useful and useful it was. I discovered that it makes excellent dish washies.

Here's how I made mine.

I folded mine into four layers. You can do more or less depending on the thickness of your net curtain.

I then cut the top band off.

I then folded the four layers of net curtain in half

like this to give me eight layers.

I then stitched around the four edges approximately 1 inch from the outer edge.

Then I finished off by trimming the edges with pinking shears.

It took minutes to make these five. I'm keeping three of them and giving two to my daughter.

I've been using them to wash dishes and they are brilliant. When one gets dirty I rinse it out and put it in the washing machine with the other washing and it comes out as good as new.

This is what I'm working on at the moment.

I cut these wallets out while I was offline and am now sewing them up. One left to do and they'll be finished.

~ Maria ~


  1. Great idea for the scrubbies Maria! I too hate to throw any fabric away because I will use it eventually. I don't have lace curtains, but I do have misc. netting fabrics. I thought about crocheting the netting fabric into a scrubbie. Well one day I will, sigh. Love the colorful wallets too.

  2. What a great upcycle for old net curtains - washies - I even like the name, lol. Very useful! Pretty wallets coming up - I like the colours of the one in the very centre :D I found a tutorial this morning for a very simple wallet for a little boy - I have other things I need to do, but I think I may just try to whip one up for fun, lol!

  3. Just discovered your blog and I love it! So many ideas and creations. Love the latest one and the wallets.
    It gives me inspiration to create my bags and other things. Thanks. Pat

  4. Great idea!!! Seems all of us horders, I mean crafters, can't bear to throw away fabric!!

  5. Great idea for the curtain fabric - I would have never thought of making wash cloths. Love the colours for your wallets.

  6. What a great idea to reuse those curtains, thanks for the tutorial! I also never thought of making wash cloths form them......and I love how they turned out, and I also love the fact that we can put in the washing machine and dryer!!!!! I love the idea :)
    Marisa from

  7. That's a great idea to repurpose those. I have a tough time throwing away fabric too!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday! I'd love for you to grab a button or add a link to your post!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. This is awesome now I know what to do with my old net curtains, I saw a tutorial wherein they made a skirt dress using net curtains. It really pays to be creative, just imagine turning old stuffs into new items.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and glad you found it useful.

  9. Brilliant!! I especially like that they can be washed! I've got a Craft Gossip post that links to your tutorial:


  10. Love it! Just wondering why you chose such a large margin. I have purchased dishcloths that have a scrubbier net on one side and microfibre terry on the other--two layers sewn together. I love these because you can use one side for scrubbing but the cloth side absorbs up the excess water for say, wiping counters. Growing up, we used net dishcloths and loved them, but I think I like the double-sided ones even better. All that to say, I found a net remnant (not curtain, but "scrubbier") and plan to make some double-sided ones of my own. I wasn't sure of the best way to do the edges but I like how you left them raw. Thanks for this! :)

    1. Thanks Natalia. There's no particular reason why I left a large margin, you can leave as little or a large a margin as you like.


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