Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Tea Towel Wall hanging DIY

I'm really happy to introduce to you today to one of my favourite bloggers Mel Wiggins. Mel is a mama friend of mine and also a dab hand with the 'ol sewing machine. What I love about reading craft blogs is I can appreciate the process without actually making it myself ;) Mel was kind enough to share her one of her amazing DIY's with me today, I have so many tea towels this would be perfect for! 
You can also find Mel on IG and Twitter. Over to you Mel!
Sometimes a tea towel doesn’t have to be a tea towel. We can change the rules, right? Truth be told, it’s hard to get a tea towel that drys dishes properly these days, they’re all too pretty to be useful. Hang them up, I say! Give them a new purpose!
So I did.

This project can make tea towels or the simplest of fabric scraps look like they were always meant to be hung this way. It takes 15 minutes to complete and costs next to nothing! 
What you need:
  • A hang-worthy tea towel (obviously)
  • A wooden dowel (can be found at any B&Q, Homebase or similar DIY shops and are about £1 each - you might need to chop the length in half or adjust it some for the right size) 
  • Some pins
  • Sewing machine/needle & thread (if sewing by hand)
  • String or twine
Now - pin the dowel into the fabric at both ends by folding it over so you can see how much room you need in sewing the hems at the ends. 


Take the dowel out and sew your hem on both ends of the tea towel.


Cut your string long enough to fit through the top hem and to tie into a nice triangle at the top.  Tie a knot in one end of the string and feed it through the top hem. 



Now you can put the dowels in the top and bottom hems and tie your string to suit the length you want to hang your towel.  I like to hide the knots in the hem to give it a cleaner finish.


Hang that sucker up and enjoy! 




47 comments:

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

LOVE this! x

Polly Davies said...

haven't done this for ages!!! I used to have one up in my old kitchen :)

lisa prince said...

what a great idea, wil have to try this with my lil ones x

Cheryl said...

Nice idea. Seem to have a collection of tea towels made by the children. Can't use them, but shame to hide them. Maybe......

Amanda Fisher said...

Haha this is so true - some tea towel designs are so pretty! I love the simplicity of this too!

Katie Albury said...

This is a cute idea...!
Katie x

Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe said...

I love this great idea, a simple yet effective design! I have some lovely tea towels which I hate to use so this is a great way to get them out of the drawer!

Fiona Peacock said...

This is such a great idea, I shall have to keep it in mind for my next house :)

mummyoftwo said...

What a great idea! There are so many great tea towels about these days it is sometimes a shame to use them for their intended purpose!

spicers1976 said...

Great idea for something a little bit different. Appears very simple to complete as well

Steph (I'm Counting UFOs) said...

Ooooh I love this! If only the tension wasn't mucked up on my sewing machine, and if only I knew how to fix it. Is that your dining room? It's beautiful!

Lucie1979 said...

WOW!!! I love this! I don't won a sewing machine but my Mum does!! All the more reason to get decorating so I can hang nice things on my walls!

Globalmouse said...

What a great idea!! And I love that tea towel...bold, bright and with a brilliant slogan! Such a clever way to brighten up a kitchen or dining area!

Eileen Teo said...

i always love to buy nice tea towel but don know what to do it after buying it. this is a great idea!

Mummy Glitzer said...

Ah if only I had a sewing machine! What a fabulous idea. X

Franglaise Mummy said...

This looks fab! I wish I were craftier as I love it. I would love to see a whole load in a line too.

Anna said...

This looks great, what a cool idea

Louisa said...

This is a brilliant idea! All I need now are some new tea towels since mine are less than pristine since the kids took over the task of drying the dishes. :-)

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Great idea! So easy but it looks great. x

JoBryan said...

What a great idea and a lot cheaper than kitchen themed pictures.

laura redburn said...

i'm always seeing cute tea towels, but not buying them because they're a bit flimsy for that task ..but this is a great idea! and super easy.

Charly Dove said...

Wow how fabulous, love this - seems easy to make too. I should really learn how to use a sewing machine.

Kate Williams said...

Love this so much! I did a tea towel Upcycling project on my blog after I set fire to a brand new one from Emma Bridgewater (eek!) it's now a toddlers apron :)

Wild & Grizzly said...

This is such a great idea, there are soooo many cool tea towels that I passed on the chance of buying as they were too pretty to use, but now I know just what to do with them! x

Kirsty Hornblow said...

We actually received some witty, pretty tea towels as a wedding gift all those years ago and I have never had the heart to use them so they languish in a drawer being neither beautiful or useful. I never thought to hang them up, what a brilliant idea! I just need to learn how to sew :-)

Kara said...

I need this tea towel and what a fabulous idea!

Agata Pokutycka said...

Lovely idea but where do you get such a great tea towel?

Aisha Isabel Ashraf said...

Great idea - and you've just provided the solution to the problem of how to display my filligreed, zircon-studded brocade duputta from my muslim wedding. Thanks!

Charlotte said...

That is such a clever idea! I have some lovely tea towels that I hate using so I might have to try it one day :D

Sarah Bailey said...

What a lovely idea - I adore the words as well - I could definitely do with a tea revive now :) x

The Go To Mum said...

Such a great and simple idea. Will pop over and check Mel out.

Aly said...

Ach, I really, really need to get a sewing maching this year.I see so many cool upcycling projects from people it gives me loads of ideas but I haven't touched a machine since I left school.

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

So simple andI have the perfect tea towel to do this with!

Katherine said...

Fab idea, I love a good tea towel. And yet another blog to add to my feed reader, I keep trying to cut down but then I find more...

Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl said...

This is an awesome project!

melwiggins said...

Never too many!! Come hang! x

melwiggins said...

Hello! Will do the same! x

melwiggins said...

Oooh, fab! It's a shame to see all the pretty fabrics go to waste in a drawer eh?x

melwiggins said...

Hi Agata, I got it here! http://www.thecalmgallery.com/shop/tea_towels - they have so many lovely ones!

melwiggins said...

you can find it here Kara http://www.thecalmgallery.com/shop/tea_towels - Have fun!

melwiggins said...

I reckon you could use hot glue just as easy! x

melwiggins said...

I know! Such a shame to see them sitting prettily in drawers! x

melwiggins said...

Oh yes, some tea towels are JUST for looking at!

melwiggins said...

I reckon hot glue might do the job! x

melwiggins said...

Hey Steph, yup - it's my dining room - thanks! I wonder would hot glue do the same job if you can't get your sewing machine up and running? x

melwiggins said...

Yay! Glad you like it! x

Agata Pokutycka said...

Thank you so much!

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