Crafts: Make a Tea Towel Pillow Cover
I am thrilled to join the Yankee blogging team as the creative force behind The Crafty Yankee. I love crafts that are useful, serve to beautify my home, and are made using easy-to-find items. Even better. . . crafts that reuse, or recycle items that we all have lying around the house. Most of my crafty pursuits are pretty quick and easy to make. With a five-month old baby, my craft time is both precious and limited, so I try to make the most of every minute!
Using two tea towels that I had lying around, I whipped up these pillows, and I love the way they brighten up my entire living room.
Materials for tea towel pillows:
- Tea Towel
- Pillow insert
- Fabric for the backing
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
Instructions for tea towel pillows:
- For each pillow, I chose a coordinating fabric for the backing, and cut it to match the size of the tea towel.
- With the right sides facing each other, pin the backing and the towel together.
- With your sewing machine, using a ¼inch seam allowance, sew along three sides, leaving the fourth side open (you need this opening to slip in the pillow insert).
- Turn your pillow right side out, and slip in the pillow insert. Pin the opening shut, making sure to turn the raw edges in, and using a needle and thread, sew it closed.
*Note: If any of these sewing instructions are confusing for you, try using Google or YouTube as a helpful tool. Type in phrases such as “How to Sew a Pillow Closed,”" and you will find a wealth of instructional videos and photos.
Here are a few of my favorite sources for colorful, fun tea towels:
- Crate and Barrel
- Lotta Helleberg
- Skinny Laminx
- Simrin—which is where I purchased my elephant towels
- Try searching Ebay and Etsy for vintage tea towels
Readers Comments — Colleen Getchell on April 7, 2011
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