The following is a post from contributing writer Jasmine.
Several years ago my daughter made me some beautiful hand-knitted dish clothes. They sat in a kitchen drawer for over a year because I just couldn’t bear to use something so pretty to clean my dishes. One day she opened the drawer, pulled out a dish cloth, and made me wash dishes with it.
It is amazing how much more enjoyable washing dishes became. From that moment, I decided I wanted to use more beautiful handmade items in my daily life. These simple vintage tea towels bring me back to the days when handmade items were a part of every homemaker’s daily life.
- Tea toweling (Tea toweling can be purchased from local quilt shops or online. It comes in a variety of sizes with both finished and unfinished edges.)
- 1930’s reproduction fabric
1. Cut two panels of the reproduction fabric (5 1/4 x 17 inches).
2. Turn under edges (of one of the panels) 1/4 inch. Press. Turn under 1/4 inch again. Press.
3. Sew around all edges.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 on second panel. You should now have two hemmed panels measuring 4 1/4 x 16 inches.
5. Cut one piece of toweling (21 1/4 x 17 inches).
6. Turn under edges of toweling 1/4 inch. Press. Turn under 1/4 inch again. Press.
7. Sew one side of the toweling to a reproduction panel, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat on the other end of the toweling with remaining panel. Press towel.
8. Embroider if desired. Here is the link to the ducky pattern I created for this project.