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Teatime Towels

When you're picking up new dish towels, buy a few extras and stitch pretty quilted tea accessories.




  • Cotton batting
  • Lining fabric
  • Disappearing-ink pen


  1. Step 1

    Choose towels with a windowpane-plaid design for easy quilting guides.

  2. Step 2

    Download the template and print it.

  3. Step 3

    With a disappearing-ink pen, trace two templates each onto towel, batting, and lining. Cut out.

  4. Step 4

    Stack one piece of batting; lining, right side up; and towel, wrong side up, as pictured.

  5. Step 5

    Stitch 1/2-inch seam along the bottom edge to secure pieces.

  6. Step 6

    Fold the towel layer up under the batting, so the batting is sandwiched between the towel and the lining.

  7. Step 7

    Pin the pieces in place, then stitch along the lines in the towel's pattern to create quilting (or stitch a grid at desired intervals). Repeat to make second half of cover. 

  8. Step 8

    Start with one square each of batting, fabric, and towel (we used 5-inch squares for coasters and 9-inch squares for the trivet).

  9. Step 9

    Stack, as above. Sew 1/2-inch seam along three sides.

  10. Step 10

    Stitch fourth side, but leave a 1 1/2-inch opening in the center.

  11. Step 11

    Trim corners and sides with scissors.

  12. Step 12

    Turn the square inside out. Tuck in the raw edges, and stitch closed. Stitch to create quilting.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2006



Reviews (5)

  • sewingwithmartha 6 Mar, 2011

    i dont even drink tea but ill drink it now since im gonna make this:)

  • mof2gof3ggof3 26 Jun, 2008

    What a great idea for self and gift giving. I quilt, so this is wonderful, and simple.

  • MissMarple 19 May, 2008

    This is a charming idea! They would make nice gifts which wouldn't be expensive. You could even make seasonal items (Christmas, etc) if you could find appropriate tea towels. Yes, these would be very nice housewarming or hostess gifts, and sweet birthday gifts, too. Thank you!

  • CraftTestDummies 4 Mar, 2008

    I'm not much into tea cosies, but these coasters make a sweet little housewarming present! You could also add a simple monogram to make them more elegant, like for a bridal shower!

  • animallover4ever 13 Nov, 2007

    I liked this idea greatly. I have tea parties monthly in the cooler months. And this gives a nice handmade item to some of the other stuff we have.