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


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

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

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

  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.

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

  6. So cute!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Suzie @

  7. Just letting you know your linky party entry is FEATURED TODAY!

    Pick up your 'I'm Featured' badge here: ... and while there, you might as well leave us a fresh new tutorial to craft with this week. Yes?!!

  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 ;-)

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

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

  11. Adorable! I love the colors!

  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.

  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!

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

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

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