Sunday, September 6, 2009

French-inspired tea towels

This weekend I made my annual trip to IKEA to stock up on items I’ll use all year—candles, tea lights, magazine files for my classroom.

While browsing the kitchen section I stumbled upon the TEKLA tea towel: soft yet sturdy cotton fabric with a beautiful hand, that French inspired red stripe, and a herringbone weave that is reminiscent of vintage hemp fabric. Click on the photograph for a closer look; they're really handsome.

And what's more beautiful is the price: 49¢ a piece!

I would have purchased a half-dozen even if they were $4.90 a piece because they are that nice, but at less than $0.50 each, I scooped up quite a few; they will come in handy when I entertain. And I can imagine a dozen other uses for them—dust cloth, polishing silver, bundled with a bit of ribbon for a hostess gift, even used as fabric to make some lovely café curtains à la Bonjour Madame! The folks over at apartment therapy/the kitchn even used them for oversize napkins.

These tea towels are not available online, but, if you find yourself at an area IKEA, you should check them out.

Don't you love finding quality items that are oh-so-affordable?


  1. VERY nice! I think they would make great pillows too. Or you could do wine bottle wraps with these during the holidays. Endless possibilities! I cannot believe they were 49 cents! Hardly anything is 49 cents these days. Well done.

  2. S, wine wraps are a great idea! And I love the pillow idea--I was thinking maybe chair pads. They are a decent quality and nice looking--a real find!

  3. Guess what's on my calendar for tomorrow? Think I'll schedule it for lunchtime. I hope my IKEA has them. I also need some candles and I'm sure some impulse shopping will be involved in the trip.

    Merci, merci,

  4. I want these. Too bad I live in an IKEA-free zone!

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  6. (Ditto)
    The IKEA Herringbone towel could be used as a washcloth as well. Because they do get very soft & fluffy when wet, Which makes for a gentle touch.

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  8. I have to say this has become my favourite site and love to look at it almost daily. Keep up the good work

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