Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tea Towel Tutorial: A Beautiful Hostess Gift

I know you all have fabric scraps lying around, jamming your closets (or is it just mine?) I grabbed a fabulous set of Martha Stewart flour sack towels ($12) and got started.

I cut some flowers out of the cotton fabric with pinking shears so that they wouldn't fray. Then I took an extra flour sack towel and cut it into four 5X6 rectangles, also cutting with pinking shears.

I hand sewed the flowers to the rectangle. I used a contrast stitch, because I like how it looks.
Then, I machine sewed the rectangles to the towels, being sure to center them on the bottom half of the towel.

I really love the extra texture that the pinking shears and the contrast stitch give these towels.

And here they are, all wrapped and ready to go. Every cook appreciates a nice fresh set of dish towels. These are so nice, I'd use them in a guest bath!

10 comments:

Kara said...

Those are just beautiful! What a great gift idea. Love it!

Blue Creek Home said...

I love this idea. I just bought several sets of plain cotton teatowels. I will get a search party together to look for my pinking shears and then I am going to try one. Thanks! Rhonda

Denise @ Life on Stepping Stone Lane said...

Love it! I really want to learn how to sew! These look like a nice place to start!!

Cheri Peoples said...

I think it would be cute to do acorns and pumpkins for the fall season coming up.

I started a new KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT party and I bet you have some things to put in the party-it's every Monday. I hope you come over and become a follower and subscribe and I will do the same.
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Rachel said...

That's a cute idea! I'm in need of some new kitchen towels. Thanks!

Crystal said...

So cool!

I have a poll up on my blog about my BIGGEST decor dilemma. Come on over and vote, I need all the help I can get!

http://imnomartha.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-poll-ever-to-paint-or-not-to.html

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Very cute towels and a great gift idea!
Great DIY project!
Blessings
mary

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