Except, its not as bad as it sounds. After all, they are more like towels than rags.
Dish towels to be exact. And they are floral and polka dot and damask-y. Surely no one would use these as rags!
When I came across these dish towels at Target (where else?), I instinctively picked them up. They don't match my decor, but at $5.99 for the set, how could I not?
After throwing around a few ideas, I finally settled on using them to make skirts for my girls.
I began by cutting the first towel in half - this would be for my oldest (who typically wears a size 5 or 6).
The second towel would be for my youngest (usually a 2T or 3T), but I didn't need as much length, so I subtracted a few inches (making sure to account for the waist). Also, I loved the ruffle on the left side of the towel, so I made this the front of the skirt.
An additional step that I took for my younger daughter's skirt was to trim off the edges at an angle so that it wouldn't be too wide for her (no measuring involved - I just held it up to her and estimated). As you can see, I still left a lot of room at the waist for gathering.
Because the bottom hem was already done for me, I just had to create a waist band. To do so, I folded the top twice and ironed it down. Then I sewed along the edge, leaving a small opening to fit in the elastic.
To finish, I fed the elastic through, connected the ends, and sewed up the hole.
Two skirts completed, without having to decipher a pattern, in under an hour, and that cost less than $8 total (after elastic)?
I will proudly send my girls out in these "rags."