Recently, I started stitching tea towels for holiday gifts and it quickly became one of my favorite pasttimes. I found some lovely iron-on transfers, chose some bright fat quarter scraps, gathered matching floss, and started embroidering. Adding rickrack, ribbon and lacey trims really made the towels look fresh and cheerful. You can use tea towels for drying dishes, covering baked goods or hang them in your kitchen or bathroom for an updated new look. You can purchase plain tea towels at a craft or fabric store near the embroidery floss section, but I chose to make my own out of cotton muslin. It was very easy to cut and hem the edges and it costs next to nothing to make.
For general care, hand-wash with warm water and a gentle detergent such as Ivory or Deft. Rinse well and dry on a flat surface over a dry towel. Hanging wet linens can damage the delicate fibers. Tea towels with embroidery should be ironed using warm to medium heat settings and light steam. Iron over the embroidery on the back side so you don’t stretch long stitches or disturb French knots.