My next craft column is about two ladies I met at Grand Rapids’ new mega Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft store during the recent grand opening sale. They were stocking up on nylon netting and I was very curious about what they were doing. The next thing they knew I was in their kitchen taking pictures of the process they use to make these great nylon scrubbies they call “dish nets.”
Check back here Sunday to find out more about Roni McNeil and her mother Mary Chappell, the lovely women who taught me how to make these. In the meantime, I’m posting the directions below so you can make a few of your own. These make for great Mother’s Day gifts. Whip up a batch with the kids then let them “test them out,” strategically giving yourself a day off the dishes. And please let me know if there’s anything I need to clarify in the directions.
Dish Net Instructions
– 3 yards nylon netting (Buy 1 yard of three different colors.)
– 12 or so clothespins
– Scissors, ruler and pen OR rotary cutter, mat & and ruled cutting template (You won’t need to mark the netting if you use the rotary cutter and template.)
– Yarn needle
– Cotton crochet yarn
Step 1: Press your netting with an iron on low heat to get all the kinks out.
Step 2: Once smooth, fold each piece of netting into eighths and secure with clothes pins. If using a scissors to cut, use a ruler to mark the netting every 5 1/8 inches. Cut seven strips out of each piece of netting, adjusting clothespins as you go. Do NOT unfold the netting.
Step 3: Stack three different colored pieces together. Fold the stack of netting in half lengthwise and press with an iron on low heat. Unfold to reveal the crease you just made. Cut folded ends across the width. (short ends.)
Step 4: Use the yarn needle and a double thickness of crochet cotton to stitch up the middle crease with a running stitch.
Step 5: Stitch to the end, then pull the crochet cotton to gather the nylon. Pull cotton tight and wrap three times around the stitch line. Double knot and cut crochet cotton close to knot.
Step 6: Poof out your dish net into a ball by separating the layers of netting. Trim stray pieces of netting with scissors if necessary.
Step 7: Give as it as a gift, or use your dish net to wash the dishes or fresh veggies, scrub the tub or bumper of your car. When slightly damp, these work as great lint removers, too. Enjoy!
Below you’ll find my speedy made-for-TV run-thru of this project. The segment aired live this morning on WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five & Company.” (I stayed up late to make the new apron and flower corsage I’m wearing, but more about that later.)