Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Help...I cannot stop making them!

My version of an old, vintage towel
Remember back a few weeks ago when I shared my chicken tea towels? If not, go here and then scroll to the bottom of the page to see and read about them! I made two immediately because they were so fun to do. The pattern and instructions were free from my local Craft Warehouse. I bought the chicken fabric and wide ric rac from them. They have the pattern available for free so you, too, can make one twenty. 😃 Click here for pattern instructions.

Since then, I haven't been able to stop thinking of tea towels and how I can modify it to give an entirely different look and feel. The picture above is my idea of what a vintage handmade towel would look like if I were able to find one in perfect condition in an antique store. The fabric is a linen (60%) / cotton (40%) blend and is wonderful. I prewashed it so I wouldn't have issues later on.

Next, I questioned myself with how I could redo the pattern in order to get the look I wanted. Initially, I was going to do some hand embroidery which would have looked nice but I decided to go a different route and got out my pintucking foot and using a double needle created all of the pintucking you see. Then I looked for a stitch in my Bernina that would exactly fit the void inside the tucks. I also used a very, very narrow ric rac that someone left on the free table of my quilt guild. All of the thread used was to mimic the unusual color of that ric rac.

I even used an old, vintage button from my button jar!
Up close and personal look at the pintucking and machine stitching.

Have I convinced you to make a tea towel yet?

3 comments:

  1. Now that looks like fun! I can get some towels from Dollar Tree and make some nice gifts. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great towel! The pin tucks are beautiful! What a fun way to use that vintage button!

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  3. I absolutely love this towel! It's almost too pretty to use {{smiles}} And what a fabulous idea to add some pin tucks.

    My dear Grandma Betty used to make these...I have a few tucked away in my drawer and when I pull them out I can't help but smile.

    Hugs to you!

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