It’s the little things in life which can bring the greatest smiles. It gives us a chance to pause and appreciate hidden gems in our busy moments. Taking an ordinary item and transforming it with tiny yet intentional details can really spruce things up and become something meaningful. It could be a fresh rose on a withered window sill, new shiny buttons on an old wool coat, or even bright, bold trims on your kitchen tea towels.
I was at the fabric store the other day and was delighted by the mini pom-pom trims available in all sorts of bright colours. I loved its subtle playfulness and miniature sized balls hanging from the ends. Suddenly, I remembered my black and white tea towels. Sure, I loved the patterns on the towels but these pom-pom trims would surely give it an extra jolt of colour. So, I went ahead with the idea and bought myself some bright red trim.
In my busy schedule, a simple project like this was ideal. It only took about 20 minutes to complete and I had a new set of tea towels to liven up my kitchen. You can use any coloured or patterned tea towels and trims – the combinations are endless! Try this super easy project one weekend or evening and you just might get addicted to embellishing your existing items at home and transforming them into something new!
You will need:
- 2 tea towels
- 2 yards mini pom pom trim (contrasting or complimentary color)
- thread (complimentary colour to trim)
- straight sewing pins
- sewing machine
Pretty trims can be found at your local fabric or craft store. Feel free to be daring and try something bold and colorful. If you don’t feel like pom-poms, give another type of trim a try!
First measure the widths of your tea towels and cut 4 pieces of trims accordingly with 1″ extra per piece (which will be used to tuck in at the ends). Now, using straight pins, secure the trim 1/2″ from the edge of the tea towel’s ends (width-wise). Leave about 1/2″ extra on each end of the trim so you can fold it underneath and sew in the raw edges.
Carefully and slowly, sew a straight stitch along the edge to sew the trim and tea towel’s ends together. Remember to remove the straight pins as you go to avoid any damage to the sewing machine. Lock stitch when starting and ending your sewing to ensure the stitching doesn’t unravel. Then trim excess threads.
Repeat for each end of your tea towels and you are done! It was that easy – yet look how gorgeous these look!
Now you have what appears to be a brand new set of tea towels with an added life of color! Drying your hands can now be a delightful little experience 🙂
With a project this easy, you can be sewing up a storm and give some away to family and friends. You can also get very creative and wrap a freshly baked batch of Sweet Bread Rolls with your new tea towels tied with a large ribbon and gift them away to these special people in your life. They would love it – a gift from the heart!
Sobia Hussain is a professional soap artisan who runs The Olive Tree Soap Company located in Toronto, Canada. She creates vegan natural soaps and skincare products with an eco-conscience. She is also a writer for various international publications and is Editor of the Muslim Gift Guide. Sobia loves teaching creative Discovery Workshops designed to help children discover their inner talents and inspire creativity through explorations in art and science.