Tea towels are a popular gift item, especially among those of us who love fabrics. And some of them are works of art – it seems a shame to stick them straight into the drawer!
So, I came up with a way to show them off for a while. It is so easy to make a cushion cover out of two tea towels, a child can do it, an adult who has never sewn can do it. It just takes a tiny bit of patience.
You will need:
- Two tea towels that go together and are the same size.
- Three or four large buttons
- A skein of tapestry yarn
- A chenille needle (big eye, sharp tip)
- A tape measure, pencil and some pins.
These are my two tea towels. I want the milk bottles to be on the front and the Crown Lynn one to be the back. Measure the tea towel across its width, between the seams. This one is 47cm, which is a great size for a 45cm cushion inner.
Now that is all done, fold the back tea towel back, with a little bit showing above the buttons, folding the other end under so it lines up or is a bit behind the front tea towel. Pin all of the layers together along the two hem sides. (in the image below you can’t see the blue tea towel at the bottom because I’ve folded it to the inside a little bit short of the front)
Cut a length of yarn about 1.5 times longer than the tea towel, thread it onto the needle and start stitching through all the layers. I start with a short stitch then tie the ends together.Keep stitching with a simple running stitch. NOTE that I am sewing inside the seams, not through them. They are really heavy and hard to sew! So make sure you sew just inside them on both layers!
The best bit I think? If you get tired of them, simply pull out the stitching, cut off the buttons and you have two tea towels again. A quick wash and they can be folded up in the drawer read to dry dishes!