Monday, July 27, 2009

Vintage Tea Towel Pillow

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.

Ta, y'all.

2 comments:

Tatyana TC said...

This is one of the most beautiful tea towels I've ever seen! And it turned into a very cute pillow! It just makes me want a country house and fill it up with such treasures!

Tatyana

TexNan said...

I'm with you, T. I love country houses, but the Hub doesn't. Otherwise I'd have slipcovered furniture and tea towel pillows everywhere. (About 8 years ago, I slipcovered my sofa, and even though it took me all summer long--I'm a putzer and a fiddler--it wasn't all that difficult.)