Sunday, 11 June 2017

Tea Towels

I belong a to crazy, lovely, but crazy cult of people on Facebook who worship the humble Tea Towel.
They travel the length and breadth of Great Britain and beyond searching out the ultimate barginous tea towels.

Well I joined. The creations they come up with are frankly OUTSTANDING. The people on there are truly talented and are also very kind. They are supportive and helpful and there is always something to look at in the grip of insomnia.

Here's my first attempt at Tea Towel magic...
1. Buy tea towels £4

2. Choose a pattern and cut out pieces. This took me two flipping hours! Our fabric, inner fabric, interfacing, batting  - I drew the line at the stiffners instructed.
3. Start sewing. As per instructions.
 




4. It's a SIMPLicity pattern...

5. I sorta muddled through.





6. Finally, pose the bag for the Ta Daaah!




I'm quite chuffed with myself! 

Back tomorrow with another heart warming tale from Facebook. Fabric related, not tea towels...

Lots of love from 
Rachel*doing a bit of knitting now* Radiostar xxx



PS
I need to have you all wish my daughter's lovely Freddie a very Happy First Birthday. She is taking some cracking photos of him and he is beautiful and I love him!






30 comments:

  1. A standing ovation, a great creation. Simplicity patterns are known for being ...well... so unsimple.

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    1. Great praise from a great one indeed! I'm thinking that's why the Simplicity patterns were half price at Hobby craft!

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  2. What a genius idea and you've done it beautifully. Whoever could have thought something so clever could be created from tea towels. I'm not surprised you're chuffed.
    Happy Birthday to Freddie! Where did that year go? X

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    1. It has seriously gone so quickly! I'm hooked now on searching for quality cheap tea towels.

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  3. Oh Wow Rachel that bag is really something, it looks brilliant. Excellent choice of tea towels as well, they're lovely. Now I'm itching to buy some and sew something.

    A very happy birthday to Freddie. Loved seeing him to his trick of going through Chloe's legs. What a clever doggie. xx

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    1. He's doing a really good job of MAKING ME WANT A PUPPY!!! Yes, it's that time of year and I'm looking again!

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    2. I really need to find you a puppy therapy group. Have I taught you nothing when I blog about Wendy peeing on the quilts! X

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    3. It's taught me I know where to send my quilts for laundering if such a thing were to happen!!!

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  4. Firstly fantastic photo of Freddie, that year went fast. Love your bag, I've never thought to use teatowels, I need now to go shopping, love the pattern.

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    1. Now I consider you to be a bag sewing expert so I'm sure you could knock one up in a lot less time than it took me. Miss 22 certainly gets some great shots of him. Happy tea towel hunting!

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  5. I collect tea towels. Approaching 250. I'm in disgrace but what the hey, I don't smoke or drink and I try ot to spend more than $5 on one. I hunt out used ones in thrift stores.

    Simplicity hasn't changed. They were hard work back when I was a school girl, lol.

    Dog is looking handsome.

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    1. What an excellent collection! I think I might start!! Trouble is, I've loads of pretty fat quarter bundles that I don't want to use because they are so pretty!! How bonkers is that?!!

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  6. Happy Birthday gorgeous Freddie-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-

    Oh I love that bag and I have that very same pattern but even more I just adore those tea towels and I need some just to use as tea towels....where can I get some Rachel?
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Sheila, you would be able to make this bag with your eyes closed I think! The tea towels are from The Original Factory Shop. They do have a website but I couldn't find the tea towels on it....they do have a store finder...good luck -I'm not sure where they have their shops!

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  7. Love the bag :) So now I will be searching for teatowels....Like I need another addiction LOL

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  8. Happy birthday Freddie! Loving your bag you clever thing xx

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  9. That's lovely. Would say you've inspired me but I don't think I'll ever have the time to get out the sewing machine to do anything but mending ever again! xx

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    1. Time is sooooooo hard to find, pesky time!

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  10. Happy birthday to Freddie, he is a real cutie. Wow, now that was an impressive make, loved it. Inspirational.

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    1. I was inspired by the tea towel brigade! X

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  11. Lovely sew. Happy Birthday Freddie!

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  12. Awesome bag! Happy birthday handsome Freddie!

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    1. I'm using it and admiring it daily!

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