Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Breathing New Life into Old Towels

I have come to that time of the year when my mending basket runneth over!

Seriously, I try to keep up, but during the summer I'm so busy being outside either playing in the garden or riding my bike that there just never seems to be any time for quiet indoor pursuits.

But now that the days are growing shorter and cooler, the idea of nestling in on the couch with a nice blanket, a cat and some sewing to occupy me seems much more appealing.

The main thing I've been tackling right now is the towels. I'm not sure why, but for some reason all of my towels get frayed along the edges.

I suppose it could have something to do with the fact that most of them are over 15 years old! It's not only unsightly, but it means they tend to leave lots of lint behind in the washer and they do tend to unravel even further as time goes on.

So I discovered that you can actually just fold over the edge and hem it to create a nice new seam.

I wouldn't have thought this would be possible because towels being fairly thick, I didn't think I could get a needle through them. But sewing it by hand using a simple whip stitch seems to be doing the trick!

I had to use a thimble to push the needle through the thick spots at the corners, but other than that it's been a nice easy project.

I'm sure these towels will start to fail in other places at some point - when they do I'll cut them up and make them into rags or washcloths. Until then, I'm hoping I can get another fifteen years or so out of them!

So tell me, have you undertaken any sewing projects recently?