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Tea-Towel Pillow

Some tea towels are too lovely to be hidden away in kitchen drawers. That's why using these linens to create pillow shams is such a wonderful idea. The tea towels are just the right size to cover a boudoir pillow, but since the fabric designs are unusual, the pillows add a very special touch to a bed or sofa.


  • Tea towel approximately 16 by 29 inches (If towel is smaller, use a narrower seam allowance; if it's larger, cut to size, and hem long ends.)
  • Pillow, 12 by 16 inches (available at fabric and bedding stores)
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Point turner


  1. Step 1

    Lay towel right side up on your work surface.

  2. Step 2

    Fold long ends in toward the center so they overlap, creating a flat surface of 12 inches, top to bottom.

  3. Step 3

    Press with a hot iron.

  4. Step 4

    Pin side edges.

  5. Step 5

    Sew both sides.

  6. Step 6

    Turn the case right side out, and shape the corners with a point turner.

  7. Step 7


  8. Step 8

    Insert pillow.

Martha Stewart Living, June 1997