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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2008 06:53:17 PM »

I bought the flour sack tea towels from wal-mart and yes they are wrinkly but now i understand why they used to iron so much back then. my grandma told me that they ironed everything, even sheets... eeeeiikkk!!! my grandma is old school and still irons her jersey T-Shirt sheets... hahaha but I know why they have starch and also the flour sacks are REALLY absorbent compared to my regular dish towels... so i love them i've decided!!! plus they look so vintage i love it!
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2008 05:15:25 AM »

I bought the flour sack tea towels from wal-mart and yes they are wrinkly but .........
.........the flour sacks are REALLY absorbent compared to my regular dish towels... so i love them i've decided!!! plus they look so vintage i love it!

I agree with you about the vintage look and absorbency of flour sack tea towels ! The only thing I wish the makers of them will do is make them in a smaller size... maybe like a 20" by 28".  They kind of tend to be larger than the reg. dish towels.
And I was thinking...well, maybe I kind just cut them to my desire size and sew new hems , maybe I end up doing that... Huh Roll Eyes Wink



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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2008 03:58:24 PM »

I bought the flour sack tea towels from wal-mart and yes they are wrinkly but .........
.........the flour sacks are REALLY absorbent compared to my regular dish towels... so i love them i've decided!!! plus they look so vintage i love it!

I agree with you about the vintage look and absorbency of flour sack tea towels ! The only thing I wish the makers of them will do is make them in a smaller size... maybe like a 20" by 28".  They kind of tend to be larger than the reg. dish towels.
And I was thinking...well, maybe I kind just cut them to my desire size and sew new hems , maybe I end up doing that... Huh Roll Eyes Wink




yeah ive thought of doing that too..... but... im lazy... maybe one days ill bring a whole bunch to my g-mas she has a serger machine and it would work so buch better plus i would just edge it with ric rac.
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2008 11:34:13 AM »

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And I was thinking...well, maybe I kind just cut them to my desire size and sew new hems , maybe I end up doing that...   

That is what I did. I bought a pack of three floursack towels. When I got them home and unfolded them, they were huge. I cut them in half and hemmed them. I ended up with six towels to embroider on  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2008 04:20:00 PM »

I bought a huge quantity of flour sack towels on Ebay - 50, for $10. It was a good deal, and they're nice towels! I don't remember the name of the seller (it was a year and a half ago.) I still have quite a few left, and many I've used just plain in the house.

But this is the thing - they are huge when you open them up. But then I washed and dried them all. They shrunk considerably, to a much more manageable size!

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« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2008 07:40:19 AM »

Yes, I've been thinking of doing this too.  Just buying some nice white, cottony type fabric at the fabric store and hemming them myself.  It would take a bit of time since I don't have a sewing machine, but I'm sure if I pin everything nice, my lines would be somewhat straight  Wink

I bought the flour sack tea towels from wal-mart and yes they are wrinkly but .........
.........the flour sacks are REALLY absorbent compared to my regular dish towels... so i love them i've decided!!! plus they look so vintage i love it!

I agree with you about the vintage look and absorbency of flour sack tea towels ! The only thing I wish the makers of them will do is make them in a smaller size... maybe like a 20" by 28".  They kind of tend to be larger than the reg. dish towels.
And I was thinking...well, maybe I kind just cut them to my desire size and sew new hems , maybe I end up doing that... Huh Roll Eyes Wink




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« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2008 11:53:21 AM »

Aunt Martha makes a good towel, so does Sublime stitching.

I saw the Aunt Martha towels at Hobby Lobby.  They seemed big!  Do they shrink well in the wash?
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« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2008 11:56:41 AM »

They have two sizes, both are somewhat big. They don't shrink.
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bookwormbethie
« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2008 12:31:48 PM »

They have two sizes, both are somewhat big. They don't shrink.

Ah well they only had the ginormous size, and I was hoping for something a bit smaller. 
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« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2008 04:32:19 PM »

This might be a silly question but here it goes...

I have some flour sack towels and will probably cut them to a more manageable size - but I am still at a loss as to where to stitch. Do most people stitch along the edge, in the corner, or in the center? I guess it depends on what your design looks like. I want mine to hang, folded lengthwise so that you can see the pattern on that side.

Also - are there right or wrong sides on flour sack towels?
I have stitched other decorative embroidery pieces but for some reason these towels have been baffling me...hehe.

Thanks!


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