Janel's post on Mrs. Meyers' booth at the 2008 Home and Housewares Show reminded us of our love for kitchen linens. We're suckers for patterned dish towels, which we like to use as guest cloths in the bathroom. Click below for 7 more ideas (besides drying dishes)...1) Keep them in the bathroom as guest towels. We like the patterns and textures of tea towels in the bathroom for drying your hands.
2) Use them as placemats or napkins. A set of color-coordinated tea towels in various patterns brings new life to a table setting.
3) Line shelves inside cabinets. Tea towels on kitchen cabinet shelves can absorb excess water from freshly dried glasses. Just remember to take the towels out and wash them every once in a while.
4) Sew throw pillows. See Martha Stewart for the how-to.
5) Use them to keep rolls hot. To serve warm bread, my mom lines a basket with a tea towel and covers the bread to keep it from cooling.
6) Line a tea tray. This is the original use for tea towels, hence the name. They were designed to absorb spills when serving tea.
7) Wrap a gift. A present wrapped in a tea towel gives the recipient two gifts, and creates reusable packaging.
8) Make a table runner. Sew a set of tea towels end-to-end to make a patchwork table runner.
Photo: Xochi Santa Fe