DIY: Printed Dish Towels

April 29, 2013

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

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.

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

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.

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

Now they don’t just do the hard work, they look good too.

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

Let’s get started.

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

Supplies:

- 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
- pencil

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

Draw your designs and then cut them out.

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

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.

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

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!

Make these Easy Stamped Kitchen Towels  |  Design Mom

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!

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1 Julie April 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

So chic! I think they’re lovely. And what a great hostess gift…or maybe even get the kids involved for grandma’s mother’s day prezzy! Oh boy!

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2 Hannah Alexander April 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Making these!!!

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3 Design Mom April 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Make a set for me, Amy. Pretty please? They are fantastic!

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4 Sarah April 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for this tutorial! I’ve been ogling beautiful, but pricey, dish towels online lately. This is such a good reminder that creating prints is something that one can do oneself.

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5 Christine May 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

These are beautiful! I found some vintage woodcut stamps at an antique store in the middle of nowheresville Kansas, and I’ve used those to beautify my flour sacks in the past. The stamps work similarly to what you’ve made and the sacks are so much better with a bit of flair.

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6 Penney August 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

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7 stephchadevlin January 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

do you think the towel should be washed & dried before stamping?

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8 Anna March 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

Does the paint make the painted places feel stiff? I’m thinking about doing something similar for swaddling blankets.

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