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POTW – In The Hoop Dish Cloth Scrubbies

by Rhonda Slack
Rhonda has created the most unique project for you this week!!!  Her variety of designs for the scrubbies – will enable you to make one for everyone!!

To see this set, please click here.
To see all sets created by Rhonda, please click here.

Materials needed:
Dish cloths or I cut up bar mop towels and finished the edges
Net, not Tulle, but the stiffer rougher net. Use in colors of your choice.
Matching Embroidery Thread
Tear-away Stabilizer
Clear wash-away stabilizer for putting on top of the towel so the fibers of
the fabric don’t show through. (I omitted this step to better show you the
You will get a nicer design if you use matching bobbin thread.


Step 1: Hoop a nice tear-away stabilizer. I prefer using a child’s washable glue stick
to adhere the dishcloth in half.

Stitch Color #1 which is the outline stitch and should be a color to match

Step 2: Remove hoop from the machine and cut around the inside of the
design. Cut through the material leaving the stabilizer intact.

Step 3: Return hoop to machine.

Step 4: lay 8 to 12 layers of net on top of design. This will give you a nice
sturdy scrubbing surface. I have used 10 layers in the picture above.
Stitch Color #2 which is the tack down for the net.

Step 5: Remove hoop from machine and trip around the outside of the
design as shown in picture below. Now apply a layer of clear water soluble
stabilizer on top of design area.
Then just continue on with the rest of the design.

Special Directions for the Wine in Glass effect
Follow step 1 and 2
Then lay down your net as follows:
Lay down 2 layers of white net, then take 2 layers of purple net and fold in half and lay it on top of the white net,

then take 2 more layers of white net and lay over the entire design.

Then stitch the rest of the design.

The pig was done with 1 layer of red in between the
layers of white. (I didn’t have pink net)
I hope you enjoy these fun designs.
Designed by Rhonda Slack

All of the designs:

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46 Responses to POTW – In The Hoop Dish Cloth Scrubbies

  1. Zoelynn says:

    This is really clever. Thanks for shareing and I shall make some and share too!

  2. Sally says:

    This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. You are so clever to have thought of it. I can hardly wait to make a few. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.


  3. Alice says:

    What a good Idea

  4. Cecile says:

    The scrubbies idea is certainly unique and will be cute and useful, as well. That’s a good set of illustrated instructions.

  5. Cheers says:

    Hi Rhonda
    Great Idea..great way to personalize a scrub clean cloth for the grand kids…wahooooo.

  6. Sandra says:

    What a clever idea. Must try some.

  7. Linda says:

    How cute! I can’t wait to try them. I appreciate the clarity of your instructions too.

  8. Kathy S in RI says:

    Wonderful idea! and so original.
    Where do you buy the scrubby stuff?

  9. sewwhatz says:

    wow these are very cute What a cleaver idea!

  10. Vickie Litterell says:

    What a great idea! Thank you for the designs, as well as the clear instructions. Have to get netting on my next trip to fabric store!

  11. AlmaG says:

    Brilliant idea, Rhonda!!!
    I’m going to make several of these. It could be the best way to beat my aversion to using bought scrubbies until they die with their overload of bacteria.
    The detailed instructions and the photos are great.
    It’s a good way to use up the still-useful bits of old towels. too.

  12. clv6992 says:

    Great idea for mother’s day and perhaps make sets of three, same or different or whatever number and give as gifts or sell at a craft show. I really like this idea.

  13. Glenda says:

    I can hardly wait to try those…amazing! Thank you SOOOOO much!

  14. Sue says:

    What a wonderful idea.

  15. comocosews says:

    Exellent idea!!

  16. Beth says:

    What a really clever idea. I will be getting this set!

  17. pat harris says:

    Very neat and clever idea.

  18. Linda says:

    I love these designs and idea, really useful for all. thank you

  19. Marilyn Dennis says:

    I love this “new” idea and can’t wait to give it a try.

  20. Avis says:

    This is a great idea! Your instructions are concise and very professional, too. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Kelley Potter says:

    Clever, clever idea. See, the mind never stops!
    Can’t wait to buy some netting at the local craft store and create some of your fantastic clothes.

  22. Jolene says:

    I like this, I know I have some bar towel rags, perfect way to make use of them. But now I need some coarse net. Hobby Lobby here I come. Guess it will have to wait until pay day. Thanks for the tip — looking forward to sewing some of these.

  23. Judy P. says:

    How creative. Love the idea and hope to try as soon as I can shop for the net. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Kathleen Boyd says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful idea. I am going to make some for my daughter.

  25. Grandma says:

    Your idea is wonderful. I really enjoy what is both pretty and functional.

  26. Loveta says:

    Love these.. can’t wait to make them… Thanks

  27. ellie says:

    I like cute…….and practical. Great job.

  28. Sandra Andrews says:

    So cool, I went to Fabricland & got a bunch of colours of netting this morning, I made the apple & the clover right away…. LOVE THEM!!!!! you can save the trimmings and use them between the layers to make them multicolored (like the butterfly…) THANK YOU!

  29. Leta Smith says:

    This is a great idea! It will be so handy to use the same cloth to scrub a little spot instead of having to stop and find a scrubby.
    I wonder if any applique design could be used this way? I am beginning to collect things to decorate my kitchen with roosters.
    Keep the good ideas coming.

  30. Granny says:

    These little scrubbies are awesome! Cannot wait to try one! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  31. LJAnth says:

    I made this yesterday.
    Used red and purple on a bar mop washcloth.
    Can’t wait to try the wine glass or coffee mug.

  32. What a great idea!!! You are very creative! Thank’s for sharing!

  33. Teresa Valentine says:

    Does the fabric behind the net have to be removed? I would think that it would be sturdier to leave it there and just treat the netting as an applique.

  34. Debbie says:

    Congratulations Rhonda. This is such a fabulous idea and so useful too. I can’t wait t try it out. Thank you very much.

  35. Pilani says:

    Such a clever idea! The wine glass is SO cute! Great tutorial; easy to understand!

  36. daisymousse says:

    Great thanks for this explication

    Daisymousse from Belgium

  37. Diane says:

    Wondering… Why not tulle? Will it not hold up? I have a ton of this stuff I need to use up somehow.

  38. LJAnth says:

    When I did more of these, I did not cut out the toweling. It was sturdier and I liked the toweling in back of the netting. Just my opinion.

  39. Leigh-Anne says:

    I just loved these designs!! I am making several wash clothes up for my 8 y/o’s spa party tomorrow. I used tulle on this set to make it just a little rough for a face cloth for each girl!! The butterflies made this way are SUPER CUTE!

  40. Kathleen Boyd says:

    I just love to make the scrubbies, but have had a problem with my thread breaking or shredding. Does anyone have any ideas for me?

  41. Penny DuBose says:

    Wonderful! Now I have to buy some netting. I love instructions that have pictures, thanks so much.

  42. Kathleen A Rahe says:

    Will you be coming out with more of these designs? These make great guy gifts – like for their bars, if they have one! And they are super fast to stitch out. Thanks!

    Yours, Quilt Kat/NJ

  43. Brenda says:

    Love these. Just got done stitching them out. Now I’m looking for some Christmas designs to use. Are you going to be coming out with any?

  44. Beverly says:

    You talk about using a child’s glue stick to adhere the dishcloth in half, but your pictures do not indicate that this was ever done. There was not anything in the instructions to cut the dishcloth or to double it. Was this an error or something that should be done?

  45. cwilliams168 says:

    Thanks for the designs. Am anxious to buy some netting & get started.

  46. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    I wondered how this was done. Thank you.

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