Introduction: Magnetic Tea Towels

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Frustrated with fumbling with feeding a towel through a fridge handle? No more!
Start tossing your towels like tossing salad, and have your towels stick to your appliances. These tea towels are magnetic, allowing them to quickly be attached easily to your fridge or stove. Now I can quickly toss my tea towels at the fridge and have them stay in place.

Sure, they sell them; but why buy when you can make!

Making your own is easy. A small neodymium magnet is coated in PlastiDip (a flexible, rubberized coating) to protect them while being washed, and then sewn into a corner of the tea towel.

These magnetic  tea towels were super easy to make, and throwing them at the fridge to be hung up is super fun!
Here's how I did it!

Step 1: Dip

PlastiDip is a liquid rubberized coating that is designed to be flexible and durable. It's designed to coat the handles of tool, but anything that fits inside the can is able to be coated. Is weird and fun stuff.

I dipped my magnets to seal them from any water damage they may come into during their use, both from mopping up kitchen spills and for the inevitable washing they will need. With a protective coating these magnets will last many washes and abuse.

Since paperclips are magnetic, they made the perfect tool to help me dip and coat my magnets. I opened a paperclip, making a hook on one end and straight edge on the other. The PlastiDip can is metal, so it's advised to pour the dip into a disposable. non-ferrious container (I used a paper cup). Placing the magnet on the straight end the magnet was slowly dunked into the PlastiDip, going slowly helps give an even coating. After dipping the paperclip was hung by the hook end to allow the magnet to dry.

After about 20 minutes the magnet was mostly dry. The magnet was removed from the paperclip, revealing a small section where the dip wasn't applied. I was able to dab on a little extra dip in this location, then let the dipped magnets dry for a few hours. After, my magnets were completely coated with rubbery protection.

Step 2: Sew Magnets Into Cloth Corner

After the plastic protective coating has dried the magnets can be installed into the tea towels. Fold over about an inch (25mm) of one corner of the tea towel, there should be enough fabric to completly cover the magnet and have enough fabric offset to sew.

Without the magnet inside, start by sewing one side of the folded corner of the tea towel. Push the magnet into the pocket created by the sewn edge, then sew the pocket closed. If you are using a sewing machine to sew the enclosure be careful as the magnet will be drawn to the ferrous sewing deck and the sewing machine foot; you may have to push the magnet along while sewing.

Remember to back up over your stitches at the beginning and end of your sewing to secure the ends and prevent your sewing from coming undone. 

Step 3: Toss Those Towels

All that's left is to start tossing towels all over the kitchen. These magnetic threads will hang on your fridge or stove, within easy reach, and will probably dry faster as they won't be bunched up after use.

I'm also pretty sure that the more you throw things around in the kitchen the more it looks like you know what you're doing. So stop draping your tea towels and start tossing them!

Have you made your own magnetic tea towel? I want to see it!

Happy making :)

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