Make It by Monday: Dress Up Your Tea Towels DIY Tea Towels
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: Tea towels, DIY-style.
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For this week's slideshow, I was inspired by a good friend's upcoming housewarming party—the perfect opportunity to gift someone a crucial domestic item as well as a warm and fuzzy sentiment. I decided to make her a simple tea towel in a bright mustard palate. In the absence of yellow dye, I whipped out some turmeric from my cabinet, which works well for coloring cloth. I was going for an ombre feeling, but I don't think that's quite what my toiling over a boiling pot of water and turmeric delivered. I love the fading of light yellow to dark orange, though, so all is not lost.
Enjoy these other great options of tea towels for your home!
What I love about these stamped tea towels from Centsational Girl is the pairing of complementary patterns on each side—one has a more traditional pattern, while the other bears a more modern, fun motif. They look great together thanks to the similar color scheme. Want to mix things up a bit more? Stamps like these do look great if lined up perfectly, but you can also scramble the pattern for a less structured look.
When I first learned about the endless printing possibilities for this standard household cleaning product, I was hooked. These towels from Little Birdie Secrets are a fine example of applying a very cool image-transfer project on your standard tea towel. Why buy vintage when you can make vintage-inspired fabrics on the cheap?
These are fun. Make something uniquely your own by repurposing old tablecloths, as in this example from A Beautiful Mess. This crafter has refreshed these old fabrics by adding a touch of paint to recast an older-looking print into a contemporary design. Or try a similar method using sewed-on designs, characters, and embellishments to accentuate the older fabric as a lovely backdrop to a fun scene.
The fun thing about these towels from live your life is that she it just takes simple embellishments (ribbons and trim, mostly) to turn a drab and plain tea towel something you actually want to have adorning your oven. They start to lose functionality when layered with too many ribbons, but would still make an awesome curtain for your oven window.
Call me old-fashioned, but I'm a sucker for all things embroidered—especially in the case of a customized tea towel like this one from curious doodles. Calling out a memorable date in this way is a lovely keepsake for the gift receiver, and will last for generations. This is a good one to keep in your back pocket for the next time you're headed to a baby shower, wedding shower, or even a new pet shower.