Tea Cloths and Galvanized Containers

I would define my decor taste as contemporary traditional.  I want my home to look modern, but shy away from anything too trendy.  I know as trends change, Leanna would want to grab everything new again.  I consciously choose from different design looks and then compile  it into a look we like.

That said, I really adore the farmhouse trend, I would love to plank my ceilings, put in galvanized fixtures and huge farm sinks.  I am going to settle for some little farmhouse touches.

Our home is monochromatic in white,  cream, grey and wood. Galvanized items should fit in  nicely.  I have just begun to purchase some pieces.galvanized container soft

I expect these items come with a protective coating.   But to be safe I won’t serve food in anything aluminum without a liner.  I made some simple muslin tea cloths and spent a couple hours crocheting lace on the ends.    I think they are lovely, I am making ten more for the craft fairs.

farmer tea towels close up

If you want to make your own, here’s how.

Sew

Wash, dry, and iron your muslin before you start sewing.   Cut the material into a rectangle 29 inches long, and 17 inches wide.

Fold over all edges 1/2 inch and then another half an inch.  Sew a 3/8 seam.    Press with an iron.

Blanket Stitch

Complete a blanket stitch edge,  place stitches 1/4 inch apart along the entire width of the tea towel.  Repeat for the other end.

Blanket stitch collage

Knot your thread, starting from the back poke your needle up about 1/4 inch in.   Create a loop around the end, pull the thread back up at the same spot as when you started.  Now pull you thread through the stitch as shown below.

To make the second stitch poke the needle down from the top making sure to loop the thread behind the needle, pull taunt. Continue to the end of the row.

If you need more specific instructions follow this great  tutorial from Holiday Crafts and Creations.

Crochet Edge

This is a very simple crochet edge, suitable for beginners.

1st row –  st st in the first blanket stitch,  Place the crochet thread tail at the back of the cloth and work into you crochet.  Do 2 sc in each blanket stitch loop across, ch1 turn.

2nd row –  1 sc in each stitch across,  ch 1, turn.

3rd row –   sc in first two sc, ch 3, skip 2sc, *sc in next two sc, ch 3, skip 2 sc repeat from * across.  If you end up with extra stitches, fill in with sc.

4th row –  sc, in ch 3 loop, *(sc,hdc,dc.picot,hdc,sc), 2sc,* repeat across. Tie off.

Alternative Crochet Edge

1st row –  st st in the first blanket stitch,  Place the crochet thread tail at the back of the cloth and work into you crochet.  Do 2 sc in each blanket stitch loop across, ch1 turn.

2nd row –  1 sc in each stitch across,  ch 1, turn.

3rd row.  sc, ch3, *skip sc, sc, ch3, repeat from * across. Tie off.

12 thoughts on “Tea Cloths and Galvanized Containers

    1. Thank you for the compliment . My grand daughters are very girly girl. I really want many of my handmade things to become their treasures.

  1. Love your tea cloths! They are just beautiful! I’m with you and galvanized containers! I just love them! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Waste Not Wednesday! Your Tea Cloths and Galvanised Containers were our most clicked post this week and will be featured 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your creations again this week 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Sam. I am very excited to be featured. Thanks to all of you for hosting Waste Not Wednesdays.

      Leanna

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