I have another great handmade gift tutorial for you today with my DIY stenciled dish towel. These can be customized easily to your gift recipient. Grab a few flour sack towels at your local store to get started. I actually purchase mine from Walmart and love them. We have a few options for stenciling on your towels but you can use this same method with any design you like.
This one was first published on October 29, 2013 but I am adding more information for you below.
Supplies needed to make a DIY stenciled dish towel:
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- Flour Sack Towels (prewashed)
- Cricut Machine (click here to see which is my favorite)
- Vinyl (stencil vinyl or any vinyl color that you have on hand) (can also use contact paper)
- Transfer tape
- Fabric Ink (this is my favorite)
- Iron or EasyPress
- Sponge or foam brush
- Cut file (if you want to make towels like mine)
How to Stencil a Dish Towel:
NOTE: Always wash your items before applying any type of design.
First, use your Cricut to design and cut your stencil for your towel. You can find designs similar to those shown here. You can use stencil vinyl, regular vinyl in any color, or even contact paper. Since you are throwing it out, the color does not matter. Here is my vinyl after it was cut with the Cricut. Be sure to size the design to fit your towel before cutting.
Just remove the unwanted areas of your stencil with your hands or a weeding tool.
Then, apply the transfer tape to your design. Some stencils may not need transfer tape but you will definitely need it if you have any small pieces. Press the tape down well and eliminate as many air bubbles as possible.
Remove the vinyl liner and apply the entire thing to your towel. Burnish it down well on your towel
Carefully remove your transfer tape and you are left with your stencil.
Use a sponge or foam brush to apply your fabric ink. I applied black ink to this design. The sponge will give more of a distressed look. Use a foam brush for a more polished feel to your stenciled dish towel.
Allow your project to dry completely before removing the vinyl stencil.
You can work on another project in the meantime. Using the same steps, I made this towel with a row of jars.
Once dry, just remove your stencil to reveal the magic underneath. Be sure to iron your design to heat set it before using or washing. You can use a regular iron or the Cricut EasyPress for this. Follow all instructions on the back of your fabric ink for this step.
So, do you want more handmade gift ideas? Try the links below!
- Tractor Applique Pillow
- DIY Modern Tree Art
- Over 60 Handmade Gifts for Kids (a gift guide)
- Custom Photo Charm Bracelet
- Banana Dark Chocolate Mix in a Jar
- Stenciled Tissue Cover
- also don’t miss our Handmade Gift Gallery Page
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