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    Senior Member tngal22's Avatar
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    Tea Towel question...

    First, can you buy then at say JoAnn's or a LQS? Second, are they just a heavier cotton than normal quiliting fabric? I have only seen them online so I don't know how they feel.

    The reason I am asking is that I watched Jenny's from MSCO tutorial on how to make an apron from one tea towel, and some matching fabric for the ties. I want to try to make some this week while my DD is at the grandparents so I don't really have time to order online. I am planning on visiting some stores today in hopes of finding some. But if I can't, what fabric would be good to use as a substitute? I am assuming tea towels are thicker so would just a thicker quilting fabric do or would I need a lightweight home decor fabric?

    Thanks!
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    Tea towels is a lighter weight fabric than the quilting cotton. I think it's a muslin. You can find them at most JoAnn's and I've seen them at Michaels in the past. They're NOT thicker --- think of having to shove one into a glass to dry the inside. Do NOT use home decor fabric. Way back, when I was a kid, my mother used my diapers as tea towels....the fabric was about the same. However, I know most young people nowadays have no idea what a cloth diaper is. LOL

    If you're making an apron -- just substitute with any 100% cotton....or even a cotton/poly blend.
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    Thank you!!! I was hoping they weren't thicker as I have some really cute 100% cotton fabric that would be so cute as an apron. Thanks again!
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    If you have a TJ Maxx, look there. Sometimes they carry a wide assortment of towels, at a reasonable price.
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    You're welcome, Sabrina --- be sure to post pics when done!
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    Thanks everyone! I didn't find any tea towels on my venture today...though I did find some wonderful fabric, spent WAY TOO much.

    I will post pics when I get done...it will be this weekend or late tomorrow before I can start. Need to get the house cleaned first...darn chores. lol
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    http://lazydaisycottage.blogspot.com...1_archive.html

    Here is a good site for tea towel aprons. You will need to scroll down

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    I bought some nice weight kitchen towels at Dollar Tree (the kind of store where everything is $1). WalMart would also carry them as well as Dollar General, Family Dollar, etc.
    Nikki in MO

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    If there is anywhere that you can get the big single thickness 'gauzy' cloth diapers these days, those are 'the best' tea towels! Haven't seen them in years tho...even when my kids were babies they seemed to have disappeared.
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    Basically, tea towels are made from what appears to be Homespun cotton . They aren't really smooth and not thick, just perfect to embroider and dry dishes with. Mine came from a little store in Aguilar, CO....seems like it was an Alda store or something like that.
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