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    Old 07-31-2014, 11:03 AM
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    Default Tea Towels - Alternative to Purchasing Pre-Made Towels?

    I love, love, love machine embroidered Day of the Week Tea Towels, but I hate, hate, hate the prices -- even at wholesale -- for purchasing the blanks. I have an overlock serger and have experimented with a variety of fabrics -- mostly from Joann -- including homespun plaids which are fun for adding Christmas appliques. What do you use? (Please do not point me to your favorite shop for buying blanks. Not interested! Not.)
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    Old 07-31-2014, 01:45 PM
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    I would see if there were any I could use from the $ store.
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    Old 07-31-2014, 01:59 PM
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    I googled toweling and got a good hit on http://www.fabricdepot.com/solids-basics?cat=69 but I think it's a little pricey, but then, I'm cheap. Another key word search could be "ticking".
    Hemming a kitchen towel was the first 4-H project that I did. (Back then, the towel and a gingham apron were what you sewed your first year.
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    I have used the five packs of flour sack towels, I get the pack at walmart. I then cut each towel in half. It roughly comes out to tea towel size. I then serge a rolled hem on two sides, the other two sides already have a hem on them. Then embroider on one side. Add oace trim or ribbon. Doing a tone on tone embroidery (heirloom/lacey) design makes a stunning towel. I usually keep one or two pairs on hand (tied with satin ribbon) just in case I need a hostess gift. It goes over very well
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    Old 07-31-2014, 06:01 PM
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    Carolyn, I would love to see a picture of your towels.
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    Old 07-31-2014, 07:35 PM
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    I've purchased a bunch of flour sack towels at the ranch outlet store. They are all different sizes so will probably cut them down and rehem them before I machine embroider on them. Please post pictures of your towels -- I need some inspiration!
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    Good muslin makes a very soft, absorbent towel--it isn't usually too expensive, and you can make the size you want.
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    Carolyn... Picture Please. Inquiring minds want to see. lol They sound so cute.
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    Old 08-01-2014, 05:30 AM
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    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.
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    Old 08-01-2014, 06:03 AM
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    Originally Posted by Tartan
    I would see if there were any I could use from the $ store.
    No, no, no, no and no!!!! I want to make them!!!
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