Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.
I recently started using flour sack towels and loved them for their lack of leftover lint on dishes. Plus they dry items amazingly! And I couldn’t help but notice what a large blank canvas they are. I just had to mess with them.
Sticking with the simplest of materials — a sheet of foam and paint — the towels can easily be changed from plain to modern and chic. The design and color options are endless! They can be made to match anyone’s taste.
Now they don’t just do the hard work, they look good too.
Let’s get started.
- towels — I used flour sack towels from Target
- foam sheet — have you noticed there is really thick foam available now?
- fabric paints
- cutting blade
- cutting surface
- tape, not pictured
Draw your designs and then cut them out.
To make the foam cut out a stamp, cut a smaller foam piece and stick it to the backside of the stamp like a little handle. If you are planning on keeping the stamp long term, you can glue it to a piece of cardboard or mat board. If by chance you have a stamp base, it can be used as well. Just add a couple rolled pieces of tape to the backside of the foam piece and stick it down.
After loading the stamp up with paint, start stamping the towels.
You can be as structured or laid-back as you prefer. For the zigzags and scalloped lines, I eye-balled the spacing. For the x’s I measured more accurately. For the dots, I just went for a random pattern — if you’re in a hurry, stick with the dots! : )
I was craving bold black & white prints, but you could use whatever color scheme you like. That big blank canvas is irresistible!
Once the stamping is complete, allow the paint to fully dry.
It’s true, wandering the home goods aisles is one of my favorite things to do. All the colors and patterns of the linens makes me wish I could have one of everything. This project really filled my home goods itch. Plus, it’s so fun and easy, I keep thinking of new places to make patterns. In fact, I think this technique would be amazing on a baby blanket too! Especially those big white swaddling blankets. Adorable!
P.S. — We love making things! Find more DIYs and tutorials here.