This just in from our friend Marella Consolini (whose daybooks with custom covers we love):
A new improvised project! Jimmy bought a gorgeous linen shirt on eBay for pennies, that turned out to be about a hundred sizes too big. But I fell in love with the pattern and the quality of the linen. Rather than send it on to the thrift shop, I folded it up and put it in my drawer, certain that I’d eventually figure out something to do with it.
Finally it dawned on me: the back was big enough to turn into a small pillow case or a towel — yes, a linen tea towel, which I love best! (Speaking of linen — I went to Ikea in search of that linen you mentioned in IL but they didn’t have it in stock. No matter, I got some cotton gingham that I hemmed for a tablecloth. And I have a favorite spot in the cafeteria where I sit & enjoy my Swedish meatballs while looking out at the Statue of Liberty. It makes me happy.)
So — it was easy to cut out a big rectangle, hem all 4 sides, and presto, a beautiful linen tea towel (to hang on our new cork hook!*).
*We’ll be posting Marella’s improvised cork hook soon…