6.3.12

Linen Hand Towels


I've had a hankering for linen hand towels.  It all began with those linen fundraiser tea towels that the kids brought home from kindergarten.    I found myself wiping my hands on them in preference to the hand towels in the kitchen just because they felt nicer.  So then I thought that I would buy linen hand towels.  Only nobody seems to sell them.  Of course, this is not a problem when you have a sewing machine.  My new house spurred me to action because it has hooks for the hand towels and I would have had to sew tabs to my existing towels.


When I placed an order for fabrics from Tessuti, I added 0.5 m of white check to the cart.  It has a lovely texture.  The towels are made from a double thickness of this fabric.  0.5 m was enough to make 4 towels, but I wish I had ordered twice as much as I really should have spares for wash days (or wash weeks...given the length of the washing cycle around here).

The edges and trims were all from my scrap drawers.  When you sew with beautiful fabrics, even the tiniest scraps get used.

I trimmed 2 with entre-deux and brown linen for the main bathroom.  The one below was edged with black satin and grey shirting fabric to match the black stripe in my ensuite.



This last one was trimmed with entre-deux and Japanese cotton.  The buttons were from my Vinnies button jar (last button sewn badly, but I will resew it once it falls off).



Is this what you'd call "champagne tastes on a beer budget"?

12 comments:

  1. They look great. I love the old linen tea towels that belonged to my husband's grandmother but hadn't thought to make new ones.

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  2. I think you got a bargain if you got 4 towels from 0.5m. Gorgeous fabric and beautifully matching your home!

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  3. Very lux. They all look very nice and I can imagine them quite at home in your lovely new house.

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  4. Oh wow. I never thought I'd see the day where I'd be swooning over hand towels! Can I just say, the texture of the linen and the colours you've chosen are DIVINE. And I'm head over heels for that horizontally lined trim. Looks like I'll be buying some linen on my next fabric shopping trip!

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  5. I love your luxurious hand towels, what a nice idea.

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  6. Now I want linen hand towels!

    ... this would never have occurred to me. Just what I need, another project. ;)

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  7. I'm definitely not a homewares sewer, but this post did give me a hankering for linen in the bathroom.

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  8. So very pretty, and what a gorgeous idea for scraps!

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  9. Ooh, why haven't I thought of this before? We seem to go through a lot of hand-towels around here and linen ones sound so soft.

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  10. These look lovely. My elderly mum struggles with the weight of 'towelling' towels after bathing - maybe something like this would be better for her. Thanks for the idea!

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  11. Lovely!
    I nominated you for the Leibster blog award btw - Not sure if you are into blog awards so feel free to accept or ignore, I won't be offended :) Love your work!
    -Sewingelle

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  12. LOVELY! Yay for being able to make out own homewares :o)

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