Kitchen Towels & Hot Pads/ Easy Hostess Gifts

Kitchen Towels & Hot Pads/ Easy Hostess Gifts

Kitchen towels and hot pads are an easy dollar store craft. I can’t bring myself to use too many exclamation points in this post, because kitchen decor just doesn’t make me jump up and down. But it’s really nice to have some quick homemade hostess gifts this time of year. Especially if you are hoping to be invited somewhere for Thanksgiving.

I’m thinking about giving them out now, and saying things like, ” I was thinking about your awesome stuffing/apple pie and I thought you’d like some new kitchen towels!”

Would that look too desperate?

These are $4 worth of kitchen towels and hot pads. To make them “hostess gift” ready, I added ruffles, ribbon, buttons, and a pocket to dress them up. All my materials come from the scrap bucket, so total cost is still $4. I hate buying fancy kitchen towels, potholders, and hot pads that cost so much I’m scared to use them. That’s what makes homemade ones such a cool gift. It’s thoughtful, easy on the budget, and it’s not a big deal if you get a little gravy on it.


In real life, I haven’t even planned Halloween costumes. In the kingdom of Blog, I’m already prepping for Thanksgiving! Do you prefer to host, or be a guest? What’s your favorite dish? I had this sourdough stuffing once that I’ve tried to re-create every year. And failed miserably, every year. Can you tell I’m starving as I write this post?!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Sierra

    Cute ideas what you made! In my case I expects me to make them something. When I buy something I always see their disappointment so it kind of puts the pressure on me that I have to make all things. I love getting something handmade myself too.

  2. Mel

    Now that’s a great idea I think I need to make me some of those!

    We don’t do Halloween here nor do we have thanksgiving, but I kid you not I have begun prepping for Christmas in Blog Land…. My family thinks I am crazy!
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  3. Amy of while wearing heels

    Now I am starving too! What a great hostess gift. I love that you used something primary store bought but add your own spin to it and best of all, used up scraps in the process.
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  4. Krystal

    They look fab, great way to use up leftover material without spending too much. you’ve inspired me to jazz up my plain ikea hand towels in the bathroom :)
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  5. Pam @Threading My Way

    They all look great, Amy!!! How did you add the pocket… by unpicking and restitching the binding? Makes it so much more useful.
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  6. gina

    great idea and cute towels!!! I get excited about that kind of thing :) I prefer to host so you can come to my house for Thanksgiving! We do the traditional turkey dinner and for the last 10 yrs. or so I have been making a yummy pumpkin praline cake that everyone loves!!
    Did you unpick the binding on the hot pad and tuck the fabric under there?

  7. Justine

    That dress is so cute. I had to pin it. Vintage patterns are so much better than modern ones in my opinion. They always have special details like that little button tab up front. I’ll have to check out this challenge!


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