I have to admit I'm a sucker for vintage tea towels. I've made other pillows from them such as this one and the one shown here.
For some time, I've had a set of towels I'm particularly fond of. I'd never dare dry dishes with them; they're too beautiful, and in my kitchen, it's either serviceable or not there. So I decided to use one as my next project.
I love the vividness of this fabric. Doesn't it scream Fiestaware?
Instead of machine-stitching the zipper, I wanted to hand-pick one. I first saw this method of zipper insertion on a Sandra Betzina show many years ago, and my dear friend Kathy, who's couture trained and has made hand-picked zippers for her own clothing, says they're very sturdy. So I used a back-stitch over the already machine-stitched hems on the tea towel, a hand-stitch about every three machine stitches. I think it turned out nice for a first effort; it's something I'll definitely do again.
You can see it on Etsy here.