Tea towel

According to Facebook, September 12 is International Crochet Day. To celebrate, I decided to do some sewing. 🙂

I have a thing for tea towels. I love finding them at thrift shops. I have so many I can’t fit them all in my kitchen drawer. In the morning, I saw that there was going to be an estate sale just blocks from my house, and one of the photos showed a basket full of old tea towels…and I did not go.

To reward myself for exercising such control, I decided to try making a couple of them. I had picked up two yards of dark green linen at the used fabric sale in August for this reason. And it was two yards for $1…I might have had to buy it even if I did not have a project in mind.

I figured that while I had the sewing machine and ironing board out, I would make two of them, just to see how it went.  There is still plenty of fabric left for more. I grabbed a couple of my own towels to see what size they should be and discovered that almost every one of mine is a different size. You know you aren’t going to get the size wrong when there doesn’t seem to be a standard. After some cutting, Ironing, pinning and sewing, I had two towels. They looked bare. In a perfect world, I would have immediately sat down and done some embroidery one them. Instead, I pulled out a box of old trims that was given to me by a friend when she was cleaning out her grandmother’s house. The trims were all crumpled together in the box, but I picked a few I liked, played around for a bit, and made some selections.

I might have usually picked something more fun, but I liked the way the white daisies and cream lace popped against the dark green background. When I sew up the rest of the fabric, I will do it with more of a plan and embroider something on them, or I may find myself browsing the fun trims the next time I’m at Joann’s Fabrics.