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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1997


  • 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. Lay towel right side up on your work surface.

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

  3. Press with a hot iron.

  4. Pin side edges.

  5. Sew both sides.

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

  7. Press.

  8. Insert pillow.

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