I always found it hard to pass up pretty old tablecloths spotted at yard sales. Some had holes, others stained beyond usability. But this old material is the best cotton and linen that you'll find anywhere, so into my buy pile they'd go.
So, what to do?
Turn them into colorful little dishtowels, using the fabric that isn't damaged.
Simply cut into your ideal shape and trim with bias tape. If you want to get really fancy, like we did here, make your own bias tape with contrasting fabric.
You can find bias tape makers at your local fabric shop, and they come complete with directions on how to make your own.
Your kitchen will be smiling in no time.
You can find this and more fun projects in my book: The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen.
Images by John Granen