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I am a sucker for pretty tea towels, but over the years, I’ve learned not to buy them, because I’m not going to use them in my kitchen…you should see what I do to my kitchen towels, it’s terrible! Occasionally I come across a tea towel that I adore and I’ve just got to have it! A while back, Anthropologie had a pillow with the same design as this sweet tea towel, but for one reason or another I didn’t buy it and I was oh so sad when it went out of stock. When I realized they had the same design on a tea towel, I snapped it up!
I cut the towel down to 20×20 (plus extra for seams) and used flour sack towels on the back to create an envelope closure. I really wanted the throw pillow to have piping, so I used some complimentary matchstick patterned fabric from Cotton + Steel. While the matchsticks are a very subtle detail, I think it really gives off that “Camp Tikihama” feel…or you know the summer cabin on the lake vibe, it’s subtly summer. I had some macrame cord leftover from these water bottle holders (I also used the Cotton + Steel matchstick fabric for the water bottle holders, so you can get a better look at the design), so I used it to create piping – I do prefer a thicker welt, but I also wanted to use the cord up!
It’s been many years since I last made piping, 13 years to be exact – I was 16 and a little low on funds, so I used thin jute cord that we had sitting around the house to make piping for a bolster pillow. I learned how to make piping when I worked in an upholstery shop and it was the first time I had ever really noticed that small but amazing detail! Because it had been so long since I last made piping, I struggled a bit with the corners, but I finally got them where I felt they were presentable…I didn’t want to have to hide my tea towel pillow when company came over! I have some things I’m going to do differently next time I make a pillow with piping, but I do kind of like the pointy corners!
So if you’re like me and love tea towels, but won’t use them in the kitchen, you can always turn them into something else!
I will be following up with the tutorial to make a tea towel pillow and piping next week!