Well, waffle cloth, at least.
I had bought a few meters of this rather non-descript light brown waffle cloth a few months back and my intention was to make tea towels from it. It’s the perfect kind of material for that purpose and, honestly, I’m not really sure what else you’d use it for other than place mats. I have seen it used to make bathrobes but you’d need a heavier gauge cloth for that (and a much more appealing colour, too!)
However, for my purposes, the colour doesn’t really matter. Using white cloths in our kitchen is asking for trouble so the brown is doubly useful. Honestly, we’re not filthy but….cats. And toddler.
If you’re wanting to make few of these yourself, they really couldn’t be more simple. Cut the waffle cloth to the size you want your tea towel, adding a quarter to a half inch. You could be fancy and double fold the edges (hence, the half inch extra), or if you don’t care about appearances, you can just fold over a quarter inch and sew so that the edges don’t fray. That’s the easy road I took. I mean, come on. They’re tea towels. Ours won’t be for show so I wasn’t going to go overboard on the finishing.
For mine, I cut the waffle cloth to 18.5 x 25.5. Then I picked out a few prints from my stash and cut a 5 inch strip the width of the towel from each print. I pressed about a quarter inch under on each long edge of the strip, then I positioned the strip about 5 inches from the bottom of the towel. A few pins here and there and then I sewed. Since I was making these for myself, and wasn’t being too precious about how they turned out (seriously, they’re towels), I decided to use a few of the decorative stitches on my machine. I’m really a straight stitch kind of girl but it was fun to see what my machine could do. So, experiment and have fun with it. Theses really shouldn’t cost very much to make so if they’re less than perfect you can call it a learning experience.
If I use the rest of the cloth for place mats I’ll definitely add a binding to the edges. I’ve never sewn with waffle cloth before but I knew it wasn’t going to behave like my usual quilting cottons. Let me tell you, stretch is a bit crazy on this stuff and yeah, some of my towel edges are a bit wavy to say the least. However, I think they’ll straighten out a bit in the wash. Again, not too worried because they’re just going to be wiping up who-knows-what in the kitchen.
For a couple of hours work (with a few breaks thrown in) I now have 4 new tea towels and cute ones to boot. Added bonus, I get to throw out 4 old towels that have seen better days.