Like the scarves I talked about yesterday, kitchen textiles make fabulous embellishments for your decor, and are often mere pennies compared to their fabric store counterparts. A small kitchen only needs so many tea towels and table cloths, but you can find a thousand uses elsewhere in your home.
My fellow textile junkies will agree that some of the best fabric deals to be had are in the linen bins at flea markets and the discount home sections in favorite retailers like Anthropologie. No need for a complete table setting, an orphaned napkin or slightly distressed tablecloth can become…
• 1 A work of art. This idea hails form the talented Selina Lake, and featured in her book, Romantic Style. She stretched an old table cloth over a canvas, and washed it with gesso for a completely new and light-hearted look. In my modest retro bathroom makeover, I framed a cute place mat for instant art.
• 2-3 Or tea towels can be fashioned into pillows. Larissa of mmmcrafts has an lovely tutorial for turning her Anthropologie finds into cute sofa pillows. And Martha Stewart, has a different take on using old napkins. Check out her tutorial here.
• 4 Or you can turn tablecloths into cushions.
• 5 Or, add curtain clips and turn the table cloth into drapes!