Tea-Towel Table Runners

Martha Stewart Living, August 2012

Crafts editor Blake Ramsey came up with the idea of sewing together tea towels to make table runners -- and instantly transformed this patio table. It is an easy way to add color and pattern to your table and is a casual alternative to a full tablecloth. Here, we were inspired by graphic Scandinavian prints, both new and old. But if you mine your own trove of tea towels, chances are you'll come up with some great combinations, too.

Daisy tea towel, $9; and rainbow tea towel, $9; westelm.com. Vihkiruusu dish towels, by Marimekko, $36 for 2, crateandbarrel.com.

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