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print one-of-a-kind kitchen towels with simple, bold designs
I love hand-printing so much, and with a little fabric paint or screen printing ink, you can easily print fabric. Printing kitchen towels is a fun idea - they're not too big, you see and use them all the time, and you can buy plain, printable ones cheaply and easily. I used a pack of flour sack towels from Target. I love the simple, woven look they have, and they actually are great kitchen towels!

Posted by Jesse M. from Saratoga Springs, New York, United States • Published See Jesse M.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a tea towel. Hand Printed Kitchen Towels - Step 1
    Step 1

    First decide what kind of stamps you want to use for printing your fabric. Here are three different ways to make your stamp.

    You can get stamp-making rubber at most craft stores, as well as the carver. Then you can away the rubber around your shape, leaving a stamp. But you can easily cut shapes into the rubber with an exacto knife. If you don't want to deal with all that stuff, a simple foam pouncer makes cute, easy polka dots.

  • How to make a tea towel. Hand Printed Kitchen Towels - Step 2
    Step 2

    Once you decide what you will need for you stamp, get together your other supplies.

    Paper to cover your workspace, painters tape, screen printing ink or fabric paint, paintbrushes, and your kitchen towels.

    (For stamps you can use stamp-making rubber and a linoleum carver or a foam pouncer)

  • How to make a tea towel. Hand Printed Kitchen Towels - Step 3
    Step 3

    Let's start printing! First, tape some paper down to cover your workspace from the paint that bleeds through the towel. I put a strip of tape across my towel, to help me keep a straight line while printing. You don't have to print up to the line, but it helps keep things neat.

  • How to make a tea towel. Hand Printed Kitchen Towels - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you're using a rubber stamp you made, first paint the stamp with a thin but even layer of paint. Then stamp it onto the fabric, applying pressure evenly all over the stamp.

    You might have to experiment with how much ink to put on the stamp to get the look you want. Reink and repeat to complete your pattern.

  • How to make a tea towel. Hand Printed Kitchen Towels - Step 5
    Step 5

    Printing more than one color is just as easy. Just print all of one color, then wash the stamp, and fill in the pattern with the other color.

  • How to make a tea towel. Hand Printed Kitchen Towels - Step 6
    Step 6

    For making dots with the foam pouncer, you'll need a space where you can ink your pouncer. Put some paint down and make sure all the foam is wet with paint or else you'll get empty spots. Pounce some off, then stamp down onto fabric. Reink and repeat.

  • How to make a tea towel. Hand Printed Kitchen Towels - Step 7
    Step 7

    Once you are done printing and all the ink/paint has dried completely, follow the directions on your paint or ink to heat set with an iron. This will help your printed patterns hold up in the wash and dryer.

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