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Repurposed Vintage Tea Towel – Thrifty Style Team

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Our Repurposed Vintage Tea Towel is so cute!

Today we are sharing a repurposed vintage tea towel for Baby Bee’s nursery. You can use any kind of tea towel for this project – old or new.

Welcome to the first installment of our Thrifty Style Team of 2021! This is the place where we get together with our talented and creative blogger friends every month. We each makeover, repurpose or transform something from our homes or thrift stores.  Let’s get started!

How sweet is this tea towel? I spotted this at an antique shop when my bestie, Bambi, came to town. Don’t worry – we were masked up and the only shoppers in the store.

The little sad face on the tag sums up how I feel when something is damaged.

Knowing that Jenn was soon expecting our little bundle of joy, Everett, I couldn’t resist buying this vintage tea towel. It is the palest blue color – almost silver. 

In all honesty, I wasn’t even sure what I was going to do with it. The embroidery work is so meticulous and beautiful. God forbid someone dare to wipe their hands on this sweet towel. LOL Can you imagine?


Since the towel had some holes on it, I decided that it was okay to cut it up and use in a different way. I wanted to create a little memento Christmas gift for Baby Bee. This became a door hanger for the entrance to his nursery.


  • tea towel
  • ribbon for hanger
  • scissors
  • fiber fill or other type of filling
  • sewing machine OR iron-on hem like THIS

Create a Door Hanger from a Vintage Tea Towel

  1. Determine the size that you want
  2. Carefully cut tea towel to desired size. Our size was dictated in part by the embroidered edge.
  3. Cut ribbon to desired length.
  4. With right sides facing together,pin ribbon at the middle top opening. Be sure that the loop is in between the fabric. This creates the hanger.
  5. Sew three sides together, leaving one side open.
  6. Turn right side out, paying special attention to the corners.
  7. Add desired amount of fiber fill. This hanger only took about 2 small handfulls.
  8. Fluff fiberfill evenly.
  9. Sew the 4th side closed.

From damaged tea towel to a sweet door hanger for Baby Bee’s nursery.

We hope that you have been inspired in some small way today! Also, don’t be afraid to take a chance on a damaged vintage tea towel!

Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Pinterest Board!

Now, lets see what our talented Thrifty Team members have created this month!

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The Painted Hinge – How to Repurpose Cabinet Doors into Wall Decor
DIY Beautify – 7 Thrifty Cleaning and Organizing Solutions for the Home
2 Bees In A Pod – Repurposed Vintage Tea Towel
Postcards From The Ridge – Paper Heart Wall Art
The How To Home – DIY Family Charging Station
The Tattered Pew – Bergere Painted Shutters
Sweet Pea – DIY Frosted Branches
What Meegan Makes – How to Refresh a Stand Mixer with Spray Paint
Cottage At The Crossroads – Fabric Hearts with Yo-yos
Lora B. Create & Ponder – Upcycled Old Tin Organizer DIY




  1. Oh my goodness! This absolutely could not be any cuter! What a creative way to use any type of vintage towel. I have a few from my grandma that this would work for. I can’t wait to give it a try.
    I am so glad you are enjoying your precious little guy. He sure is cute!

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    So cute and creative.

    1. Rebecca –

      Thank you so very much! We truly appreciate you!

      Vicki and Jenn ~ 2 Bees in a Pod

  3. What a great way to enjoy this vintage tea towel. You’ve created something that can be saved and handed down to the next generation.

  4. This is the sweetest project Vicki! What a great find! I love that vintage doorknob too 😉

  5. Aww, this is such a sweet little upcycle. I love old linens and can’t stand to toss them even when they have holes. I’ll have to keep this project in mind for my holy linens, lol!

  6. I don’t know why but I always love stuff hung from doorknobs. Is that weird? Probably 🙂 I love how you transformed your tea towel! So darling!

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