Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tea Towels Re purposed...

Hello everyone.. 
Hope all is well with thee..

Here are a few ideas for using tea towels or dish towels.. I am not sure what you call them in your part of the world.. 

I have been wanting one of these pillows for ages.. 
I notice them a lot in the UK magazines and love them.. 
I was into Home Sense and noticed these tea towels.. 
And voila.. 
Just sewed two together and stuffed them with filler..

I almost bought one of these dish drying mats but when I looked at them I noticed they looked a lot like a couple of tea towels.. 

I put two together with a padding cloth of flannel in between.. 
I don't use a dish washer so this would be good for when I am doing a lot of glasses and such, too.. 

Another bag for bread made out of linen tea towels.. 

Remember we made them HERE..

Whenever I go to a Thrift store I look for pure linen towels or calendars.. 
They make great bread bags and you can make someone a gift of the no knead bread found HERE.. and use a bag to give it in.. 
Kind of a gift pantry item.. 

Then you can make place mats when you find a few tea towels you love..

Just sew a backing on... 

And a little crochet bag for my yarn and such..

This is a very old kitchen towel..

Another pillow made from a souvenir towel from Dorset.. 

Again it is just a matter of sewing the sides and leaving a space to stuff it.. Sew it closed.. 

A Baguette Bag with a loop for hanging.. 

Folding a towel in half length wise this time and putting in a drawstring.. 

This is a salad drying bag.. 

Sew the edges together  ... 
Wash salad greens and place them in the bag.. 
Roll up and keep in fridge until ready to dress.. 

These are very simple sewing projects.. 
Hope you get a wee bit of inspiration here.. 

Have you any ideas for using tea towels? 
Would love to hear about them.. 

Take care, dear hearts and have a blessed day tomorrow.. 



  1. Kim from Saint JohnApril 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Hi Faye:

    Thanks again for your postings. I too also look for old linens like tableclothes, doilies,etc. I just love having them around:) I did come across a recipe on Pinterest that calls for 1/2 gal of water, 1/2 C. Cascade, and 1/2 C. Oxiclean. (Actually it called for Biz, but I'm sure any detergent booster would work equally well). Anyway, just soak the antique linens for as long as needed. People seem to think it works great for making the antique linens look like new. I've personally never tried it. Yet...

    Hope you also have a lovely Lord's Day.

  2. Tea towels are wonderful! They can become so many wonderful things :) m.

  3. We call them both here, dear Faye!
    I love the Union Jack one too! I have wanted one as well! I use flour sacks for pillows and runners. But along what you are talking about, I got some waffle weave washrags with a little black stitching. I used them as placemats. They were perfect- square, prim, and washable! I love your salad dryer/keeper one. I wish my sewing machine was working- but hand-stitching is fun, just longer. I was at a flea market today, and this sweet woman had all kinds of beautiful feed sack material and such- they would make beautiful things as well! I love your ideas! (I like your pins on pinterest too!) Blessings and hugs, dear friend!


  4. Those are great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks a bunch for all the great ideas Faye. Hope you have a beautiful Sabbath Day.


  6. all wonderful ideas, so good of you to inspire us all, hugs!

  7. These are great ideas... if one could sew! :-)

    Have a happy Sunday, Faye!

  8. These are really great ideas Faye. I really like the idea of the salad bag. I love all the tea towels you have found and the placemats, which I noticed in your post the other day, are so sweet! Blessings, Pam

  9. I forgot to mention( on your other post) how much I like the placemats that you have at the farm. I was wondering if they are a "Faye Creation"?

    These are all great ideas. I need to put my sewing machine to work.


  10. Lovely post! I adore tea towels, especially hand-embroidered ones! Your repurposed towels are creative and useful. I remember plastic rings that were the waistband for aprons. A casing was stitched onto the wide side of a tea towel and it became and apron. I wish I could find rings like that again!

  11. Tea towels are something we can all relate to,Faye. I have a nice little stash put away and there are some good ideas in what to do with them in your post. I also use them for wrapping gifts. Sue

  12. Faye, you are the smartest girl. What a lot of great ideas. I don't use a dishwasher either.. I have one but I would rather just do the dishes in the sink. no middle man.

  13. Morning Faye, what great idea's all the pretty patterns of the tea towels.......Blessings Francine.

  14. HI Faye;

    Lovely ideas with the tea towels. I like how you have chosen such pretty towels to use.


  15. hello faye,

    these are beautiful idea's. thanks for the inspiration.

    happy sunday,

  16. I love the bread bag and the dish drainer towel, the best!!

    great ideas.

  17. Just wonderful ideas friend.
    Woolie hugs

  18. Great ideas and so pretty too. My mama has always wrapped her lettuce in a clean dish towel....Maybe I will sew her a bag for a gift...something handmade,plus something she can really use :) Thanks for sharing Faye...blessings

  19. Faye, I love all the ideas, will have to try and pick up a few tea towels to have on hand for a rainy weekend at the cottage this summer. :) Hugs to you. Seems like forever since I seen you but am connected as I read your blog faithfully as it does inspire me so!

  20. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing them. I already plan looking at thrift stores for these. God bless.

  21. Really great ideas! Found you from the Clever chick hop!

    Cynthia at

  22. Great ideas. Several of them are going to find there way into my own home. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Oh you are a most creative lady! Always learn great new re-purposed ideas from you.

  24. Thank you for all of the great ideas for using tea towels. I have made a pillow just like the one you found at HomeSense. It is actually the Australian flag, which is similar to the UK's.
    Great idea for salad, I have never heard of that one. I shall try it.
    Hugs, cindy

  25. nice ideas.........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick