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Turn Christmas Tablecloths Into Holiday Dish Towels

Bring retro holiday patterns to your party with dish towel favors made from vintage Christmas tablecloths.

Michelle Edgemont

Vintage tablecloths can become hip holiday gifts when transformed into kitchen towels. Look for inexpensive, interesting tablecloths for this project on Ebay or Etsy or in your favorite vintage store.

Materials Needed:

  • vintage Christmas tablecloths
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • quilter's ruler
  • rotary cutter
  • cutting mat
  • homemade cookies
  • white pastry box
  • wax paper

Cut Tablecloths

Use the quilter’s ruler and rotary cutter to create 12-inch by 18-inch pieces of the tablecloths.

Hem Dish Towels

Using the sewing machine and matching thread, create a 1/4-inch hem on each cut side of the towel. Leave the existing hems on edges and corners.

Wrap Cookies

Once the towel is complete, use it as functional wrapping paper for homemade cookies. Fill a white pastry box with a wax paper liner and a pile of homemade cookies.

Place the box in the middle of the towel, with the flat sides of the box facing the corners. Fold one corner of the towel over the box, then fold the opposite corner of the towel over the box.

Tie Towel Wrap

Gather one side of the folded towel in each hand. Fold over the box and tie a knot, then pull it tight.

Give to Friends and Family

This pretty, thoughtful and useful gift will delight friends, family and party guests alike.

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