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Thread: How do you make tea towels?

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    Senior Member RUSewing's Avatar
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    Would you please tell me how to make white tea towels?

    I would like to make my SIL some nice, sturdy, absorbent ones for a gift. (We used to use unneeded diapers, but today's diapers won't work LOL.)

    What type/brand cotton, size, etc .?

    Thank you very much,
    Terry

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    I have used bleached muslin, and just select it by "feel"...(stroking the fabric)...Yes, this one feels right!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have used bleached muslin, and just select it by "feel"...(stroking the fabric)...Yes, this one feels right!! :-)
    that's my method also. :)

    how to make:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4780282_make-tea-towels.html

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    Great link. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have used bleached muslin, and just select it by "feel"...(stroking the fabric)...Yes, this one feels right!! :-)
    that's my method also. :)

    how to make:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4780282_make-tea-towels.html

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    Unbleached muslin hemmed all the way around makes a very absorbent tea towel. They will embroider nicely also on your machine; however, the ones I have made from muslin wrinkle badly and I have to iron them each time they are laundered. I still prefer them, but when I give tea towels as gifts I buy ready made tea towels at Walmart and embroider those. I don't have any DILs who will iron a tea towel.

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    Our Joanns used to sell toweling in the home decor deptartment.

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    Around here Walmart sells some already hemmed. They are about 5 towels in the package for around $6.00. They are found around the other kitchen towels, etc.

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    JoAnn's in OKC had some nice toweling material when I was there today. It is in the back, past the flannel.

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    Walmart or target sells them. I just decorate them!

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    I looked at some in Walmart earlier this year. The packages
    were 4 or 5 towels and had a wide paper band around them.
    I finally gotone wiggled around where I could get my finger
    under one thickness of towel. They were very, very thin.
    I order from Hersshners. I bought some a couple months ago
    and they are very nice, just as they have been for 40 years.
    They call them "feed sack towels".

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    our Atwood's store has the really nice large ones...but I generally just order Aunt Martha's!

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    I can find nice big ones in a quilt store called Creative Needle in Littleton CO,if they still have them.Connie in CO

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    I was looking for info on making tea towels and found this thread. I am going to make some muslin tea towels. The site www.sew4home.com also has some nice tea towels ideas.Also found some blogs via google of home made ones.

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    I used homespun for towels for Christmas and everyone seemed to like them. From a yard I cut them 18x25(?) cuz 18x2=1yd. Then from what was left I made an odd sized towel. I cut a few inches off the length so it wasn't so long and narrow but they are almost all the same size. Seemed the best cutting to get the most for my money with wasting too much.
    Blessed are the quilters, for they are the piecemakers.

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    I buy the feed sack towels from Wal-Mart.

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    our wal Mart doesn't have the feedsaack towels. the have "BAR MOPS" whick is a glorified washcloth.
    the other towels with stripes on them are expensive. They have other ones which are so thin, would
    that be good. I can't see emb holding up on it. I'd love to make a buch but can't find anything.
    a few yrs ago, at trget I got terry cloth ones 2/3. that was a good price.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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