Sunday, 31 October 2010

tea towels - a source of inspiration

So, this is what happened.  We went shopping (the family including husband) and saw these 5 lovely tea towels. 


Thick cotton, pastel colours and thought they would look lovely in our newish kitchen. 



But then I realized that I hadn't much fabric for baby bunting so I used it.





Cut out the triangles,

Sewed them together

Clipped the point

Turned inside out

and ironed flat.


Managed to cut and make a total of 30 double sided triangles.

This equates to 2 lots of 3.5m bunting.








The fabric weight is fantastic.

The fabric is very washable.

The colours are just perfect for a baby's room.

So my hint today is next time you go shopping, take a look at tea towels, they are often textured, the colours can be great and they are often really really really inexpensive. 

If you have used tea towels in another way ( other than for drying dishes etc ) then please share with me.  Ideas are always welcomed.

Thanks for looking
Sara

19 comments:

  1. Adorable! By using a set of tea towels you have a group of fabric that you know will coordinate together. Great idea.

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  2. Very cute idea. I have some tea towels collected from different travels all over the world...what a cute garland they would make!

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  3. I have made a few aprons from tea towels before, though I LOVE your bunting!

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  4. Yeehah - finally a blogger from this side of the world. MUST follow you, fellow European ;-). (btw - knew that you were not living in the US just from looking at the windows in your post above ;-D).
    Nice idea to use teatowels for bunting. Next trip to TK Maxx I'll look out for some.
    Popping over from Boardwalk Bragfest.

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  5. Ah, shucks, Friend Connect won't let me follow. Will try later.

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  6. So cute!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Suzie @
    staycalmandsewsomething.blogspot.com

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    Pick up your 'I'm Featured' badge here:
    http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-linky-party-19/ ... and while there, you might as well leave us a fresh new tutorial to craft with this week. Yes?!!

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  8. Hey Sara! Thanks for commenting back! Re. my comment about the windows - no, it's not the PVC, it was the little windows for opening which I find so typical for Britain (and Ireland, where I live)... will now try again to follow your blog ;-)

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  9. What a great idea. The colors are so soft and appropriate for a baby. (Your kitchen is pretty amazing, too.)

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  10. What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest. I like that you used what you had!

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  11. Adorable! I love the colors!

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  12. I have some tea towels I plan to turn into pillows. You know that "someday" list, but at least I have the towels already.

    I love your towels. Knowing me I'd be tempted just to leave ones that pretty in a basket in fear I'd ruin them, but that bunting is very cute and would be perfect in a baby's or even a little girl's room.

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  13. Delicious subtle colours and loving the spots, clever idea and that way you can enjoy them all the time not just when washing dishes!

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  14. Great idea -- and a sweet bunting! I'd love to see the entire room where these soft colors reside!

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  15. What a happy bunting! Great job... sweet and lovely (- :

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