When you're picking up new dish towels, buy a few extras and stitch pretty quilted tea accessories.
Martha Stewart Living, September 2006
- Choose towels with a windowpane-plaid design for easy quilting guides.
- Download the template and print it.
- With a disappearing-ink pen, trace two templates each onto towel, batting, and lining. Cut out.
- Stack one piece of batting; lining, right side up; and towel, wrong side up, as pictured.
- Stitch 1/2-inch seam along the bottom edge to secure pieces.
- Fold the towel layer up under the batting, so the batting is sandwiched between the towel and the lining.
- 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.
- Start with one square each of batting, fabric, and towel (we used 5-inch squares for coasters and 9-inch squares for the trivet).
- Stack, as above. Sew 1/2-inch seam along three sides.
- Stitch fourth side, but leave a 1 1/2-inch opening in the center.
- Trim corners and sides with scissors.
- Turn the square inside out. Tuck in the raw edges, and stitch closed. Stitch to create quilting.
- Cotton batting
- Lining fabric
- Disappearing-ink pen
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