This printed tea towel idea originally started by me being way too eager to say, “Yes, I can do that too!” I was minding my own business on the school playground as I was handing out my bags of produce from Farmigo (which I do as a weekly fundraiser for my daughter’s school) and a parent I like very much approached me about coordinating a kindergarten class project to sell at the Spring Auction (which I am also on the committee for). She thought I’d be a logical choice since I’m one of three room mom’s for the class. See? I. CAN’T. SAY. NO. Sound familiar anyone? So yes, it was. I began thinking up a useful, but cute idea. The kids were studying apples. I know someone who makes tea towels. I put the two ideas together and we had a project! Apple stamped tea towels.
In this case I’m glad I took on the project. It wasn’t too difficult and the towels turned out very sweet looking. I then took the idea further and decided that I’m going to make these for Christmas gifts with my girls at home. Quality homemade DIY gifts.
Here are the 13 easy steps.
1. Purchase tea towels. We used flour sack dish towels 28 inch by 28 inch from Aunt Martha’s. You can find them on Amazon.
2. Purchase fabric paint. I ordered this standard primary set of colors from Speedball and mixed the colors to get the tint I wanted. You can also find this on Amazon.
3. Wash the towels on warm and dry them on high.
4. Iron the towels.
5. Spread the towel flat over a table you don’t care about or a protective surface. Tape the bottom of the towel down along the bottom hem. Create a printing area by adding another line of tape above that. You can make painted lines by adding rows of tape to create the design you want. Use painters tape, masking tape or artist tape. You want to make sure the tape secures to the table and not just to the towel or protective surface to make sure the towel stays in place while lifting your stamped item.
6. Mix your paint and set up your painting pallets for dipping.
7. Get your kiddos in an apron. This paint will NOT wash off.
8. Cut your fruit/veggie or get your little hands ready for printing.
9. Dip your “stamp” into the paint and scrape excess paint off of the bottom. Too much paint will make it look splotchy. You want a nice clean print with some texture. You can usually get two stamps from one paint application. Repeat this step until your masterpiece is finished.
10. Wash any brushes or re-usable stamps right after use. Paint is difficult to remove after it’s dry.
11. Let your towel dry overnight.
12. Remove tape.
Setting your print:
13. Set your household iron to the highest dry heat that won’t burn your fabric. Do not use steam. Place a piece of fabric or paper between your iron and the printed material while ironing/setting your print. Do this on each side of the print for 3-5 minutes. The setting process helps the ink withstand repeated washings.
Ta-DA!! You have a beautiful, meaningful and useful DIY homemade gift you can make for the masses.
Do you have any signature DIY homemade gifts? I’d love to hear about them. Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season! Thank you, as always, for reading.