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Brightening up a tea towel

brightening up a tea towel by sewing braid

Our decorative braids and trimmings were originally designed for use in contemporary window and roller blind fashion, but of course they can be used in many other applications too. Melanie has decided to create a series where she uses our most popular braid and trimmings on other items, and first up is how to cheer up a tea towel!

melanie with duck egg asha tea towel

It’s all in the details, or so we are told and it is easy to take a simple item and transform it into something special by adding just a few small details. Melanie has added some our fabulous bright pom pom trims onto one of her Asha kitchen tea towels that she designed.

pinning pompom braid onto tea towel

Our mini pom pom trims are incredibly popular and available in lots of bright colours so she thought they were just the thing to add a cheerful splash of colour to make something striking and a great gift too!

sewing pompom braid onto a tea towel

This project is really simple

It can be easily completed in an evening or over a weekend. Of course we would like to you to embellish one of our lovely tea towels as we have done, but any that you have in your home would work just the same and our trimmings and braids can be purchased in cut lengths.

Here's what you need for the project:

1 x Tea Towel

Approximately 1.5 m of trim. Although we chose to use pom poms there are plenty of other types of trim in our collection

Thread to match the trim



Sewing machine


Melanie decorated the two short sides, but you could do one, or all four sides for an even more dramatic look.

Measure the sides of the tea towel you wish to embellish.

Remember to adding an extra 5cm to the total for each side you wish to decorate. This allows for the pom-pom heading tape to be folded under at each corner and for some adjustment should the pom-poms be too close to the edge. Always check your measurement twice, as you don't want to run out!

Pin the pom-pom braid to the tea towel folding approximately 1cm underneath itself. Then tack it in place, by hand, with running stitches.

Using a thread in a matching colour, sew both edges of the braid into place with a sewing machine. This ensures it's nice and secure and results in a very neat finish.

asha tea towels with chartreuse pompom braid

Carefully pull out your tacking stitches.

Tie off the lose threads and enjoy!

asha tea towels with pompoms

Here is where Melanie applied chartreuse pompom trimming to our asha tea towels and pompom berry red to family favourite tea towels to good effect!

family favorite tea towels with berry red pompom



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