Kitchen DIY: Turn an old pillowcase into two DIY tea towels

I originally published a version of this tutorial over at Crafting a Green World.

DIY Tea Towels

Got an old pillowcase in your crafty stash? Turn it into a pair of DIY tea towels in less than half an hour!

I love crafting with pillowcases! An old pillowcase gives you just the right amount of fabric for making all kinds of things, from grocery totes to aprons. If you’re a beginner in the sewing department, you’ll also like that the relatively small piece of fabric is much easier to work with than wrangling lots of yardage.

These DIY tea towels take advantage of your pillowcase’s finished bottom edge to make sweet tea towels with less sewing. You only have to hem three edges, since the bottom seam – the space where the pillow went before you hacked it up – is beautifully finished, and there’s no reason to cut it open.

You can embellish your tea towels however you want. I decorated mine with those Handmade Charlotte stencils in my stash, but you could just leave yours plain, add an appliqué, embroider a design….the list is as endless as your imagination!

DIY Tea Towels


  • thrifted pillowcase made from something absorbent
  • scissors
  • sewing machine, thread, pins
  • embellishment supplies


1. Cut your pillowcase apart along the top and side seams, like so:

cutting pillowcase

2. You can now unfold your pillowcase into one big piece of fabric, and there will be a crease down the center where the fold was. Cut along that crease.

cutting crease3. You’ll now have two pieces of fabric with a hem at the bottom. Hem all three of the unfinished sides on each tea towel:


You can be all done here, if you want, or you can go on and embellish your tea towels however you please! Grab fabric paint and stencils, iron on transfers, appliqués….have fun with it!

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