Brighten up your tea towels

We know it’s all in the detail, as the fashionistas amongst us often take simple items and transform them into something much more special, just by adding a few small details.

To show you we've added our fabulous bright pom pom trims onto some of our our lovely kitchen tea towels.

Our mini pom pom trims are incredibly popular and available in lots of bright colours too, so I thought they were just the thing to add a cheerful splash of colour onto a special dishcloth!

We love all our tea towel designs, but chosing one of our kitchen essentials and adding a bit of extra fun with one of our braids or decorative trimmings turns them into something striking and great personal gifts too!

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 or Dish 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 (add link)
  • Thread to match the trim
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Method:

We've 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.

Carefully pull out your tacking stitches.

Tie off the lose threads and enjoy!

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

Inspiration

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