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Article: 5 Ways to Use a Tea Towel by @anythingjamie

5 Ways to Use a Tea Towel by @anythingjamie

5 Ways to Use a Tea Towel by @anythingjamie

Tea towels bring back memories of my mum and her love for hosting. When I was young, my mum would bring us along to her afternoon teas. My sister and I always looked forward to the desserts! My mum has her own collection of teapot sets and a chest of drawers with embroidered tea towels that she treasures dearly back at home. As I grew older, I started to enjoy helping my mum out during her afternoon tea parties. Along the way, I also picked up a few styling tips from her.

Today, I want to share with you five simple ways you can use a tea towel. While working on this article, my 3-year-old toddler showed much excitement and I decided to get him to join me as we document this together. I enjoy his company and his enthusiasm in helping his mama out. These moments are so precious to me and I cherish them as much as I can.

1 | Tea Towel Gift Wrap

There are many ways to express your love to the people around you. One of them is through homemade food. I’m happiest when I receive freshly-baked bread or a bottle of homemade granola. Here’s a simple method of wrapping a mason jar filled with homemade goodness with a tea towel.

2 | Keep Food Warm

My toddler is a huge fan of steamed buns. As I don’t have a traditional steamer basket, I line my basket with a tea towel before putting the buns in. I then cover them up with the same tea towel to keep them warm and prevent them from getting soggy. 

3 | Dry Your Greens

If you don’t like the idea of having a bulky salad spinner at home, try using your tea towels to dry them. After washing your greens, line them up on a clean kitchen towel and leave them to dry at room temperature. I use them to dry my spring onions too. Remember not to put food that will stain the linen tea towels (e.g. purple cabbage).

4 | Water Counter

Here is my simple way of sprucing up a corner of my kitchen to encourage myself and everyone in the family to hydrate well. I also get my toddler to learn how to be independent by pouring himself water whenever he is thirsty. 

5 | Pot Holders

I like using my tea towel as a pot holder too. It is not only practical but looks aesthetically beautiful too.


This post was written in collaboration with Jamie (@anythingjamie). Jamie is a Singaporean mom to a 3.5 year old boy, who runs a beautiful Instagram page filled with simple kid-friendly recipes and useful household hacks/tips. We love her authenticity and most of all her generous heart for sharing all these wonderful tips with her followers.

It's our pleasure to have her as a guest writer on our journal this Mother's Day, to share her ideas on how one can use a tea towel. This post holds a special meaning also because it's a topic which was inspired by Jamie's Mom, whom she is greatly influenced by. It’s heartwarming to see how motherhood has come a full circle for her - she was once her Mom’s little helper during afternoon tea parties, and she now has her own little helper by her side.

We hope you've enjoyed this beautiful post written by her just as we have. Here's wishing all you amazing Moms a Happy Mother's Day!