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« on: July 25, 2010 06:41:47 PM »

Help! When my great-grandma died, the family presented me with some of her towels. Now, my great-grandmother was poor so the towels are pretty uninteresting but she was also very much revered, so I would like to do something special with them. Some are just regular stripped bath towels. Some are kitchen towels with pastel floral edging in various colors. Some are loosely-knit, multi-colored washcloths. One special find has nice multi-colored kitschy pattern, but is frayed with a few holes. (The towels are very old.)

I know it would mean a lot to my family if I could display a few of them in my house (with as little cutting as possible.) What should I do? I've thought of installing decorative towel rods to hang them on. I've thought of stretching them over embroidery hoops or putting them in frames. Any other ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010 07:08:59 AM »

You could use them to make a half-apron (gather along 1 side and stitch on a band with ties). You could make pillow covers. Curtains? Table cloth (by sewing several together)? Table runner?
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010 07:15:49 AM »

This would involve cutting them, but what about making Christmas ornaments with them?
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2010 08:38:30 AM »

make a patchwork art from pieces and frame (this will last better then pillow or throw), this blog list a nice idea:
see the image http://jowynn.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/patchwork.jpg?w=500&h=406
http://jowynn.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/my-needlework-history/
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2010 01:53:37 PM »

What we did with my grandma's towels was turn them into plastic bag holders that we wouldnt mind leaving out.. sew them into a tube and add elastic to the bottom. Or add a decorative top to tie to the cupboard doors as a handtowel.  That keeps it on display more.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2010 09:06:47 PM »

i saw an article in a magazine a while ago (i can't remember which magazine, sorry) that suggested using kitchen towels to make cafe curtains (the short kind that only cover the bottom half of a window). if you used curtain clips, you wouldn't have to put holes in them or anything.
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