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Framed Marimekko tea towel.

Oh, a little detail from my kitchen that I meant to make note of…! I really love Jenni Tuominen’s “Unessa” print for Marimekko and wanted to frame it for my kitchen, but because the repeat is so humongous (81″!!), I decided to buy the tea towel instead. Marimekko’s tea towels are large (18.5 x 27.5″), beautifully silkscreened, and 100% linen. Perfect for framing!

I machine-stiched black grosgrain ribbon around the edges to make a nice border (I miter-folded a single length of ribbon as I sewed to ensure good corners), and popped the whole thing into a 19.75 x 27.5″ RIBBA frame from IKEA. Done!

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17 Comments

  • Reply lena November 15, 2007 at 11:25 am

    gawd you’re good.

  • Reply Jennifer November 15, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    VERY nice. I would never have thought of framing a tea towel… and it looks SO NICE!

  • Reply Carolina November 15, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Great idea! I really like the ribbon border. Your house looks fantastic.

  • Reply Jessica November 15, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    ooo – stunning I love the colors and the detail…this print is overwhelming.

  • Reply kat November 15, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    What’s miter-folding??

    Oh man…is their anything you can’t do? I love grosgrain ribbon, btw!

  • Reply zee November 15, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Framing teatowels is where it’s at, yo!

  • Reply Anna at D16 November 15, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Kat! I can’t knit, I can’t draw (at least not anymore, after sitting in front of a computer for 10 years), I can’t sing, I can’t DRIVE… I pretty useless, really, unless you need some mitered ribbon corners or a pot of vegetarian chili. Then I’m your girl. 🙂

    To miter a ribbon (or any kind of fabric binding) at the corner, you first fold it back and straight (making a 45° fold on the back), press it, then fold it back down and over itself and press again. That way you wind up with a crisp 90° corner and no excess fabric to trim away. To avoid having to actually use a measuring tape, I did this while the whole thing was IN the sewing machine — I just used my flatiron (for my hair!) to press the ribbon when I got to the corner.

  • Reply Adam November 15, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I would never have thought of doing that! There are lots of designs on textiles that I like, now I won’t be afeaid to buy some and frame it.

  • Reply nathalie November 15, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    looks great ..well done !

  • Reply holly November 15, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    I had been drooling over the season prints, and there is a tea towel of one of them!
    http://www.shoprelish.com/Store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=0&idproduct=681
    Thanks so much for leading me to it!

  • Reply minhus November 15, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    I love Marimekko. I’ve been imagining Marimekko fabric art on my wall for awhile, but have problems picking a print.

    Great idea on framing a tea towel too. Might have to borrow that one.

  • Reply Elisabeth November 16, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Just great, I have to buy that towel too.

  • Reply Chad November 16, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Katja November 21, 2007 at 10:20 am

    What a great idea! I love that print from Marimekko.

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  • Reply alfagetti July 10, 2014 at 6:43 am

    This is beautiful! What a great idea. .What width grosgrain did you use?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 July 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      It was 7 years ago! I don’t remember, sorry.

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