Spring Tea Towel Upcycle

Is it spring yet? I hope that you are getting a little bit of sunshine around your home. But if there isn’t quite enough sunshine yet, I’ve got a great idea to brighten up your home right now. I have found these super cute tea towels at IKEA and they are quick and easy to upcycle for spring.

Springy Tea Towel Refashion at thebensonstreet.com

Maybe it is just me. Maybe it isn’t, but I love when I find something awesome that only costs a dollar. That is the story with these amazing towels from IKEA. They work perfect for so many things, but today I wanted to pretty one up to give my house a little spring cheer.

What you will need for this easy upcycle:

  • IKEA towel
  • Ruffle Ribbon (or any kind of ribbon)
  • sewing machine with thread
  • rubber stamp
  • ink pad 

Quick and Easy Spring Tea Towel at thebensonstreet.com

I love these adorable towels from IKEA (they are only about a dollar!!! SCORE!!!). So I grabbed this adorable ruffle ribbon from Pick Your Plum. 

To get started iron the towel. I think sewing goes so much smoother when the fabric is ironed. Then measure the ribbon to fit down the whole red stripe on each side. 

Ikea tea towel refashion at thebensonstreet.com

Pin the ribbon along the red stripe. At the start wrap the ribbon around to the back side of the towel and pin it on both sides so that it will be sewn to the back. Repeat on the other stripe.

Ruffled tea towel tutorial at thebensonstreet.com

Sew a straight stitch down the ribbon. I did mine on the top of the ruffle. Don’t forget to back stitch the ends. Repeat with the other stripe.

Stamped tea towel at thebensonstreet.com

Add a rubber stamp in the middle near the end. I adore keys! I added an antique one to the bottom middle of the towel. Let the ink dry.

Spring Tea Towel Upcycle at thebensonstreet.com

I love how bright and springy the towel turned out. 

Springy Tea Towel at thebensonstreet.com

I grabbed some cute books, flowers and used the towel as a base to brighten up my entry way.

Stamped Tea Towel at thebensonstreet.com

If you don’t like the stamped look add some felt flowers. They would be so pretty too. Or just leave it plain if you don’t feel like you need to embellish your towel.

Cute tea towel refashion at thebensonstreet.com

The ruffle ribbon gives the towel some extra texture that gives the towel character. 

Spring Decor Idea at thebensonstreet.com

Use these tea towels for place settings or as a mini table runner.

Ribbon lined tea towels at thebensonstreet.com

There are so many decorative uses for these upcycled spring tea towels.

What is your favorite part of spring? 

If you liked this idea then you will love these ideas:

Cobalt Crate Book Case Project at www.thebensonstreet.com

DIY Crate Bookcase

Spring Popsicle Stick Flowers at thebensonstreet.com

Washi Tape Popsicle Stick Flowers 

Photo Courtesy of Alan Cleaver http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/4386718885/
Photo Courtesy of Alan Cleaver http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/4386718885/

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