See them…peeking out from the black toile pillows? Well…I had come across an extra pair of them while thrifting and had snatched them up for just in case I ever needed them. And now…I have a way to use them! And…even better…they are the perfect size!
Here’s what you will need:
- One standard size pillowcase, preferably made of cotton for better absorbency
- Scraps of dropcloth cut into squares
- Print-outs of the images below on iron-on transfer paper (I use Avery brand transfer paper for light images.)
- Cut the pillowcase along the seams and the long side to create two pieces. Just cut to separate the front from the back and you will have two pieces approximately 20" x 30" depending on your pillowcase. So...each pillow case makes two tea towels.
- Trim any portion of the seam that remains.
- Fold in 1/2 inch and press the two sides and the top of the fabric then fold and press again to create a finished edge.
- Stitch the pressed edges.
- Print the images below on transfer paper and apply them to the dropcloth squares following the directions on the package. I find that I generally need to add a little more time and press very hard.
- Stitch the dropcloth squares to the tea towels.
I love images from Karen at The Graphics Fairy since they really lend themselves to my vintage-look frenchy projects. I usually add a little something in French ‘cause the French teacher in me never dies! lol I especially like this one…a vintage cloche…since this is the way the French actually use a cloche…in the garden to protect tender plants.
I also love this one from The Graphics Fairy…a vintage watering can…since I have a thing about anything that is galvanized. The images have already been reversed for you so that they can be ironed on.
I like to leave the edge unfinished to add more of a rustic feel. It will not ravel far since the edges of the square are stitched about 1/2 inch in.
And here they are! Can you believe how easy that was? No gathering and stitching plus adding trim since it was already there! And…wouldn’t this be a great way to create pretty little hand towels? Just cut up (gulp..if you dare!) a vintage pillow case with lace trim and…voilà!
I’ve added them to my latest centerpiece for a little frenchy, vintage-y touch. I love the way the ticking looks with sunflowers…two of my favorites together!
Baby Kitty says he doesn’t understand the need for towels when his tongue works so well and is always handy! But just in case, he offers a few more ideas…
…such as my VINTAGE FRENCH TEA TOWELS …some of my favorites!
And for a really generous ruffle, how about these WISTERIA INSPIRED LINEN HAND TOWELS. They make very pretty napkins, too!
And be sure to check out what my fellow francophiles are sharing…always some beautiful ideas with a Country French touch!
FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE
Don't forget to pin it!
Don't forget to pin it!
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