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.
Martha Stewart Living, June 1997
Lay towel right side up on your work surface.
Fold long ends in toward the center so they overlap, creating a flat surface of 12 inches, top to bottom.
Press with a hot iron.
Pin side edges.
Sew both sides.
Turn the case right side out, and shape the corners with a point turner.
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)