Quiltingboard Forums

Quiltingboard Forums (https://www.quiltingboard.com/)
-   General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk) (https://www.quiltingboard.com/general-chit-chat-non-quilting-talk-f7/)
-   -   Tea Towels - Alternative to Purchasing Pre-Made Towels? (https://www.quiltingboard.com/general-chit-chat-non-quilting-talk-f7/tea-towels-alternative-purchasing-pre-made-towels-t251092.html)

Krystyna 08-01-2014 06:06 AM


Originally Posted by pakwoman (Post 6826731)
I make my own tea towels using osnaberg fabric that I buy at Walmart. I turn the edges down and sew them all the way around. They turn out really nice and very reasonable to make.

I'll have to check that out. I wasn't familiar with the word osnaberg!

Krystyna 08-01-2014 06:17 AM

8 Attachment(s)
Here are a few I made in the past.

The ladybugs are on homespun and have an eyelet lace edge. Unfortunately, I think they're mostly for show as the embroidery is quite dense.

Attachment 485898

Attachment 485899

Here are some Irish recipe ones I made for a fair a few years ago. They were done on a pale green toweling type fabric that I found at an estate sale. Some had rickrack and some were edged in lace.

Attachment 485900

Attachment 485901

Attachment 485902

Then some "Busy Birds with Virtuous Sayings" which I'm using right now. Done one Muslin.

Attachment 485903

And I love these for kitchen or guest towels in the bathroom ... Fun with Santa!

Attachment 485904

More on homespun ... crows!

Attachment 485905

mike'sgirl 08-01-2014 07:01 PM

I love all your towels. So cute!

sparkys_mom 08-02-2014 03:31 AM

Your towels are really cute. I would probably not use any of them except the ones on muslin. Where dish towels are concerned I'm very practical. I buy a dozen flat diapers and keep them in the kitchen cabinet. I pull at least one, sometimes more, every day for use in the kitchen. Once a week they all get subjected to hot water and bleach and the cycle starts all over again. There is nothing, IMO, that rivals them for drying dishes.

LITTLEOLDME 08-02-2014 04:02 AM


Originally Posted by AngeliaNR (Post 6826414)
Good muslin makes a very soft, absorbent towel--it isn't usually too expensive, and you can make the size you want.

I use muslin also for dish towels,works fine.

Geri B 08-02-2014 04:19 AM

Sorry, but as cute as all those "tea towels" are, in my world they would take up precious drawer space or simply collect dust hanging on something.....my kitchen towels are just like my hand towels in the bathrooms......except " kitcheny". Good idea about cloth diapers..did not know they are still available......don't do much shopping in baby dept.......also have dishwasher so no need for wiping dishes......only use kitchen towels to wipe hands while handling food, cooking......

Misty's Mom 08-02-2014 04:20 AM


Originally Posted by sparkys_mom (Post 6828069)
Your towels are really cute. I would probably not use any of them except the ones on muslin. Where dish towels are concerned I'm very practical. I buy a dozen flat diapers and keep them in the kitchen cabinet. I pull at least one, sometimes more, every day for use in the kitchen. Once a week they all get subjected to hot water and bleach and the cycle starts all over again. There is nothing, IMO, that rivals them for drying dishes.

are these what we used to call Birdseye diapers?

kellen46 08-02-2014 07:00 AM

I look for cotton damask table cloths at the thrift store. I can get about 4 to 6 out of one depending on size. I usually pay $1 to $2 for one. I only need to do a minimal amount of hemming but then I can embellish them with ribbon or embroidery. Also look for all cotton remnants or linen blend remnants that be cut to size and used.

Onebyone 08-02-2014 09:19 AM

Walmart has packaged Aunt Martha's tea towels white or striped. They are hemmed, ready for embroidery. They are about $8 a package. I have received a few thin towels for gifts that lasted just a short time after use and laundry. The hems came undone, the embroidery started to break and ravel because the fabric started to rip around it. The Aunt Martha's towels I have are years old and still look nice.

Krystyna 08-02-2014 10:11 AM


Originally Posted by Onebyone (Post 6828566)
Walmart has packaged Aunt Martha's tea towels white or striped. They are hemmed, ready for embroidery. They are about $8 a package. I have received a few thin towels for gifts that lasted just a short time after use and laundry. The hems came undone, the embroidery started to break and ravel because the fabric started to rip around it. The Aunt Martha's towels I have are years old and still look nice.

Thank you, but I am looking for types of fabric. I prefer to make my own.


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:00 AM.



SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.