Inevitably in our busy households, we tend to end up with a ton of extra textiles in our linen closets -- tablecloths, tea towels, sheets, etc. Rather than let them pile up, it's time to come up with some alternative uses for these pretty pieces.
Tablecloth as Bassinet Canopy
This lovely baby bassinet is a family heirloom from the 1970s, found via katisworld. Love the look of the colorful canopy and it would be a snap for any amateur seamstress to recreate from a pretty vintage or vintage-inspired tablecloth. Wow!
What else can we do with our pretty extras?
Tea Towel as Art
Vintage Sheets as File Folder Covers
Spiff up your boring file folders something wonderful by using vintage sheets and a spray adhesive. Tutorial on Design*Sponge.
Tea Towels as Napkins
Sarah of Remodelista uses inexpensive tea towels for napkins in her high-style, low-cost outdoor dining table.
Tea Towel as Placemat
Your favorite tea towel can make a pretty placemat.
Vintage Sheet as Beach Blanket
Tea Towels as Curtains
I bought this Curtain Wire with Clips ($5.99), and now I'm searching for the perfect tea towels to make super-simple curtains for my kitchen. Loving the Twig Tea Towel ($22) above but more than anything, looking forward to changing my curtains regularly.
Tea Towel as Gift Wrap
Roll up a bottle of wine or bouquet in a cute tea towel for a perfect hostess gift or use a nice reusable tea towel to wrap up any small gift.
Lots of fun ideas. And between you and me, all these DIY inspirations make for a great excuse to BUY some pretty "extras" too.
Which idea for your pretty extras do you like best?