Drop Cloth Tea Towels for Any Season

Drop Cloth Tea Towel by Sweet Pea

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I like to hang decorative tea towels on my stove to coordinate with the season.  Pears and an S have been adorning my stove for a few weeks and I decided that it was time for a change.
Decorative Tea Towels

I have a really cute Halloween tea towel but I didn’t decorate this year and didn’t want to pull out all (there are many) of my Halloween boxes to find one towel.  I had an inspiration to make a tea towel from a drop cloth and it worked like a charm!

Drop Cloth Leaf Embellished Tea Towel

Making this was easy.  I started by measuring a favorite tea towel and added an inch to each end and each side for the hem.  I cut a piece of drop cloth 19.5” x 28” to form the towel.

I then ironed each side down twice at 0.5”.  After ironing, I sewed the sides down and mitered the corners.  A leaf was cut out of orange felt and stitched into place using embroidery thread and a blanket stitch.
Drop Cloth Tea Towel Back
Leaf on Drop Cloth Tea Towel

Press the towel and it is ready to be enjoyed.
Drop Cloth Tea Towel for the Kitchen

This project was very easy and didn’t take terribly long to complete.  Ironing and embroidering were the longest steps.
Drop Cloth Tea Towel

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I plan to make a turkey version of this towel for Thanksgiving and hopefully a few Christmas themed ones.  I think that this would make a great gift, too. 

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  1. So cute! Love the big maple leaf (can you tell I’m Canadian???) lol


  2. Lovely, what a great idea!

  3. Erin Sipes says:

    My husband always laughs when I pine over the dropclothes at the hardware store, now I have an excuse to buy some!

  4. I had to actually jump up and go look at my stove because I moved a few months ago and inherited my mom’s stove and I had never thought to look to see if I could hang a tea towel on it. I know on my old stove at my old house I had them hanging there all the time…and guess what??? I can! I think I may make a stop at Home Goods or the Dollar Store tomorrow to see if I can find a couple of cute fall tea towels. Love yours but I just don’t have the time to make one right now. You always come up with the cutest crafts!

  5. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    Very, very cute! …and clever, too! 🙂

  6. I just bought my first dropcloth and now I’ve got another project to add to the list of possibles!

  7. Cute idea Paula, it really pops against the stainless steel stove handle. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love crafting using drop cloths, it is so versatile and easy to work with. This would be fun to make up as gifts too.. thanks so much for sharing it 🙂

  9. Courtenay@Creek Line House says:

    Well, I just had no idea you could use drop cloth to make a tea towel! Now that I think of it… of course you could!

  10. CK Mangold says:

    awww those are so cute! I’ve been wanting to make some cute tea towels now I need to for sure! Thanks for the inspiration! 😀

  11. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    So pretty! And unrelated, but I love the idea of storing seasonal towels with the seasonal decor. That would save me tons of space in my towel drawer!

  12. Pat@Life At Lydias House says:

    What a creative way to add a seasonal touch! Very nice!

  13. Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate says:

    What a great idea. I happen to have some drop cloths in my stash!

  14. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    beautiful towel and idea!!!Turned out perfect!!

  15. Hi Paula! Oh, your tea towel is darling! Love your fallen leaf and your stitching looks so good. Now I am drooling all over your gorgeous stove! It’s marvelous.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  16. Shauna@Satori Design for Living says:

    Lovely! I’m creating a set of my own tea towels right now using fabric paint (I think they’ll be more decorative like yours than hard-working towels).

  17. Eclectically Vintage says:

    Love the simplicity and the leaf is perfect!

  18. Loving this idea! I will definitely have to make a couple. xx

  19. Lisa Hall says:

    Very pretty and really matches your Kitchen color scheme so well!

  20. Great work on this… cuteness!

  21. Steph @ The Silly Pearl says:

    Dropcloth! What a great idea! And your embroidery is beautiful!

  22. Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) says:

    Great idea and beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)


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