tea towel

Something from (nearly) nothing

by Helen on June 24, 2014

I often think that one of the nicest things about being a “making” sort of person is the opportunity to create items that sometimes turn out to be rather attractive from very little indeed.   And I think this is true of the final project for the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – an extremely useful (and pretty) bulletin board ….

I’ve seen lots of tutorials for bulletin boards online, but they all seem to involve hammers, chipboard and tacks – not items that a stitcher like me has readily to hand.  My version is created from a repurposed picture frame, leftover batting, half an Ikea tea towel, ribbon, floss and buttons.  Not a hammer in sight!

And the high-loft polyester batting gives a lovely effect I think.  I was very taken with Ikea’s tea towels and so I purchased a couple of packs – they’re pure cotton and you get two large towels for just £4.75.  I did note that there is 4% shrinkage – so pre-washing will definitely be required if I decide to use my remainng towels in a project that will require future laundering.

I don’t enjoy the Ikea experience at all (Rosie still insists on embarassing me by telling everyone about the time I got lost looking for the trolley park and went around twice!), but I do like the purchases we make, including these lovely lanterns seen here waiting patiently in my log store for their moment of glory.

They’ll be perfect to decorate my garden for some pre-wedding entertaining!