DIY: hand printed tea towels

I was looking forward to making this project for some time now. Tea towels are indispensable in our kitchen, they make great props for pictures and are beautiful gifts for friends that love everything handmade.     Lately I've become quite fond of white and black contrasts, so I only used black paint for this set of kitchen towels. I also sewed the tea towels, using some beautiful vintage linen.
So, it  all began  with me washing the fabric, sewing and ironing it. Then came the fun part!
For this project you'll need: simple cotton or linen towels, apples and potatoes (or any other materials that you can use for printing shapes), a paint brush and fabric paint.

For polka dots I used an oval shaped potato, which I cut in half widthwise (or lenghtwise and in the shape of a house, for the tiny houses), brushed paint on it and carefully printed the fabric. Also, I applied paint before each stamping. As for the apple, it's basically the same, just that the process was ready much quicker, as the shape is bigger. Then I left the towels to dry and ironed them in order to fix the paint (according to the paint's instructions). Ta-da! 

How do you like them? I'm already thinking of new designs with different colors and maybe even different techniques. Will you be making some?


  1. I love it! Nice idea with apples :)

  2. Arata foarte fain!!
    Mi-ar placea sa incerc- dar nu stiu in ce masura m-as intelege cu vopseaua pentru textile. Daca miroase rau... nu prea am sanse.
    Am insa niste pasteluri (ca niste creioane din acelea de ceara) pe care as vrea sa le incerc.
    Imi lipseste materialul insa:D.

  3. deci sunt magnifice! scriu si aici ca e greu sa ma abtin... aveam si eu o idee in privinta asta, salvasem ceva pe pinterest in nunate de mint, dar acum, ca le vad pe negru... sunt wow, wow, wow!!!!

  4. Imi plac merele! Si bulinele! Ca de obicei, imi dai idei :)

  5. Ma bucur tare ca va plac si abia astept sa le vad pe cele facute de voi :)

    Rux, trebuie sa recunosc ca intr-adevar vopseaua are un miros specific, dar nu e chiar asa puternic. Poate o idee ar fi sa incerci vara, sa le imprimi undeva afara, in aer liber. :)

  6. Da, Anca! De mult am pe lista personalizarea prosoapelor de bucatarie cu metoda aceasta... inca nu am pus in practica.
    Ti-au iesit super. Felicitari!

  7. Astazi testam cu pruncii cand se trezesc:)! trimitem poze:) Frumos, draga Anca!

  8. Emi, astept cu drag pozele! Sunt sigura ca va veti distra de minune! :)

  9. love these! they look like they're from anthro or something :)