Monday, September 2, 2013

Swinging Towel Bar for Sewing

I love thrift stores, consignment shops and flea markets. You can find the most interesting things.

This antique wooden towel bar is one of them. I bought this years ago, but kept it tucked away because I had no place for it in my kitchen.

swinging towel bar

The three bars swing on a hinge, so it can be folded out of the way when not in use. (The nerdy side of me is going to come out now...The Walton's had one to the right of their kitchen sink. That's probably why I bought it. Lol)

swinging towel bar

Well, it's not in my kitchen...it's in my sewing room!


I mounted it underneath the edge of my cutting table.

swinging towel bar

See it off to the right, flat against the table?

swinging towel bar

Swings out whenever I need it. What do I use it for on my cutting table?

swinging towel bar

Fabric!! You know those times when your cutting table is covered with "stuff" and that nicely ironed fabric you are trying to cut is a mess and buried somewhere.

Well, hang it right next to you on this towel rack and you will always find it and it will stay wrinkle free!!

swinging towel bar

They sell new versions of these too, so look in kitchen supply stores or online...like Amazon or eBay.

Here's a metal version.


This swinging towel rack is similar to the drying rack idea I shared not too long ago...just a better space saver.

You can click HERE if you missed that post.

dryingrack

So, the next time you are out thrifting or at a flea market, don't pass up an old fashion swinging towel bar. You may not need it for your kitchen, but it will be perfect for your sewing room!!

Have a great day,
~Karen~

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18 comments:

  1. Absolutely brilliant! Why didn't I think about that?

    Laura
    Harvest Lane Cottage

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  2. what a fab idea, my table is always covered with stuff!

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  3. Hi Karen,Brilliant!!!I use a metal one for all my ribbons and just yesterday I bought another one for my washi tape in my new room soon!!!Hope you have an awesome week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  4. I have one of these on my sewing room wall, which I picked up from Ikea! It is absolutely brilliant

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  5. Great idea. I will look out for one of those. Xx

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  6. My father-in-law made me one years ago but it is too big for my kitchen. It's in the sewing room just waiting to be hung!

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  7. I love all your "ideas"--thanks so much for sharing with us.

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  8. Also would be good next to the ironing board to hang small items after pressing.

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  9. Cute idea....and I love the wooden version. Next time I watch The Waltons, which I do, I will look for the towel rack! ;)

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  10. Wow - I haven't seen one of those in years! It's nice you have a way of using it where you can see it every day.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  11. Love this idea, wish I could find a wooden one like yours!

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  12. Another great idea! I also use an over-the-door towel holder on my creative room door to hang fabrics I would love to see made into quilts! Adds a bit of color and inspiration! Thanks for sharing this idea! Vickie

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  13. Love your towel bar Karen, especially because it's wood - not as slippery as metal ones! I'll be looking for a wood one!

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  14. Nice idea, may I make a suggestion though? Keep something handy to put over the ends of the rods when not folded into the table. Especially the metal ones - they *hurt* when they get rammed into your leg. Worse is - under the table like that is just the right height to get them in the face or eye of little kids or big dogs.

    Poke a hole in an old tennis ball or similar. Depending on the bar, maybe glue big wood beads on permanently?

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  15. I have seen these, before and I love your idea on doing this, now I am going to have to get one. Not so long ago I saw one that was much larger, all wood and it was used as a quilt hanger, here is one I found real quick with a google search, http://tildastwistedlife.blogspot.com/2012/07/woodnt-it-be-loverlyand-quilters-are.html. I love this idea.

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  16. Great idea! Off to buy a drying rack. I already have a swing out towel holder in my summer kitchen. I bought it because I have a vintage reproduction huge sink in there and it reminded me of the one my Grandma had.

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  17. This is just such an injenious idea, I absolutly love when a new and unusual use can be found for something so simple. But never-the-less so useful. Thank You.

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