Woman makes her own bespoke dress from 11 tea towels for under £10

Falling in love with a print on a tea towel, Selika Harris thought how pretty it would look on a dress.

So she decided to pick up 11 of them and make her own beautiful garment.

She got back into sewing three years ago and usually uses store bought fabric to make dresses, jumpers and skirts.

But when she saw the cockatoo print on a peach background on the tea towels, she decided to give it a go.

The towels cost $1.50 (80p) at Kmart and she initially picked up seven, later ordering more when she realised she didn’t have enough. The dress cost a total of $16.50 (£9.30).

Unfortunately, we don’t have Kmart in the UK but if you find a tea towel with a pattern you like, you could take inspiration from Selika’s design.


The 37-year-old, from Croydon, Victoria, told Femail: ‘I saw some people on the Australian sewing advice and inspiration Facebook page used this tea towel to make bucket hats so I was thinking I could make a dress from it as it’s so pretty,’

She started by unpicking all the hems on the towels to make everything flat and easy to work with.

She explained she sewed three towels together for the gathered skirt, back and front pieces, then she added two pieces for the bodice back and front and then the sleeves.

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It’s finished with a zipper at the back to make it easier to get in and out of.

The result is a beautiful full-skirted dress with short sleeves.

She posted the dress on Instagram and Tiktok and others loved the results.

One person said: ‘Oh my gosh! So cute!!! I’m going to Kmart to go get some.’

Another added: ‘Sooo impressed with your tea-towel dress!!! It’s really a pretty print.’

Someone else said: ‘This is amazing!! Great job, so creative.’

You can follow her other creations on her Instagram @Selika2904 and TikTok.

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