I'm not sure who came up with the idea to re-style and re-purpose tea towels in such stylish and creative ways originally...perhaps you know? But they've certainly come a long way from their humble origins, and are gaining new appreciation for their vibrant colours and original kitschy designs. They've come out of the linen closet and into our homes in ways that the holiday makers who first bought them would never have dreamed of!
The superb quality of the fabric vintage tea towels are made of is also worth mentioning here, usually the most beautiful linen found more often than not in op-shops etc in unused, pristine condition. Frequently I find them beautifully ironed too...carefully kept memento's of past holidays, too special to use and then over the years forgotten about as they lay languishing in a linen cupboard!
In Australia two well known people who make amazing things from tea towels are Suzie Stanford and Penelope Durston.
Let's have a look at Suzie Stanford's incredible furniture first...
wouldn't you just love to curl up in this chair?
and what about these?
I spy a few of my tea towels here!
These images are from www.suziestanford.com.au/furnitureteatowels.htm
Have a look to see more of her amazing furniture.
p.s. I would LOVE to own one of these...any piece would be o.k.
Now have a look at some of the lovely things made by Penelope Durston...
I told you they were lovely didn't I!
These pics via http://thedesignfiles.net/ (always inspiring by the way)
She also makes bunting from left-over scraps...
Penelope or Miss Pen Pen and she is also known, has a shop called Cottage Industry in Fitzroy, Victoria and you can catch her here misspenpen.blogspot.com too.
a pic of my very own P.D. cushion
Tea towels can also be made into groovy purses and bags just like these...
wallet purse made by Zyana Walker via Burda Style
sweet little purse nade by Loopi,available here http://georgielove.com/
Made by Nic from http://yardagegirl.blogspot.com/ using this easy tutorial from http://www.curlypops.com.au/. And when I say easy I mean easy! Even a very basic sewer like me could make one of these! I'll show you tomorrow, hopefully...
Why don't you have a go, just look under tutorials.
Now I'm worried that I may have bored you with all this talk of tea towels, let me know if I have...I am slightly obsessed! Sorry.
Please humour me once more and let me show you my tea towel of the day...