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How To Make Custom Tea Towels

These custom tea towels were so fun to make and customize for the different people I made them for! They are so easy – even the kids could do it! They make great DIY Christmas gifts for anyone on your list.

I’ve been trying to be more diligent lately about using the craft supplies that I hoard have on hand. Something that I have around, but rarely use are stamps. I don’t do much paper crafting anymore, so they rarely get used. However, there are so many other uses for stamps besides paper crafting!

When I was brainstorming what to make for DIY Christmas gifts this year, I really wanted to focus on function. I thought to myself “what are the things around the house that are used all the time?” I started to pay attention to things that were getting used over and over in my house. The two things that I came up with that I felt like I could easily make myself for Christmas gifts were kitchen towels and coasters (check out my tutorial for DIY coasters here!).

These custom tea towels were so fun to make and customize for the different people I made them for! I raided my craft supplies to find the best stamps for the job. Other than that, the only thing I needed to buy was a pack of flour sack towels and fabric paint. Super simple, right?

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Supplies for custom tea towels:

  • Flour sack towels
  • Fabric paint – I got mine at Walmart, but I can’t find a link anywhere online for it. It’s just like this, but in black – not red
  • Stamps – I just used some that I had in my craft supplies that I’ve had forever
  • Foam paint brush
  • Trash bag (as a liner behind towel)

I summed all the steps for how to make these custom tea towels in a video tutorial for ya. Be sure to turn your sound up because I talk through some helpful tips in the video.

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The corner of a flour sack cloth with a few designs stamped on with black fabric paint to be used as a tester towel

Be sure to try your stamps out on one tea towels first as a “scrap” towel. This helps you see how the designs will look first. Some worked better than others as you can see!

White flour sack cloth stamped with black leaf pattern

White tea towel stamped with black butterflies in a random pattern

Two white folded tea towels painted with arrows and swiss crosses with black fabric paint

Helpful tips if you’re going to make your own custom tea towels:

  • Wash and dry your tea towels first using hot water. They should already be “preshrunk” but just in case.
  • Try your stamped designs out on a “scrap” towel first to see how they turn out. Some worked better than others.
  • I found that more simple designs on the stamp turn out best. For example, the really intricate pattern of the lace stripe I tried did not turn out. However, the small patterns of the butterflies worked well.
  • If you’re going to be make any designs directly with the foam brush like I did with the arrows and swiss crosses, be sure to use a liner behind the towel. Some of the paint bled through when I was using the paint brush.

These tea towels were so much fun to make! They would even be a great DIY gift for the kiddos to help on. I know my toddler loves to stamp!

What design would you stamp on your custom tea towels?

Let me know in the comments below!

Folded stamped white tea towels with butterflies, leaves and flowers with text overlay that says DIY stamped tea towels

Modern black and white kitchen towels painted with arrows and swiss crosses hanging on oven door with text overlay that says how to make DIY tea towels arrows and swiss crosses

How To Make Custom Tea Towels

How To Make Custom Tea Towels

Yield: 10 Towels
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $7
These custom tea towels were so fun to make and customize for the different people I made them for! They are so easy – even the kids could do it! They make great DIY Christmas gifts for anyone on your list

Tools

  • Stamps
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Trash Bag (as liner behind towel while painting)

Instructions

  1. Wash the towels first in hot water and try.
  2. Put trash bag behind flour sack towel while paint.
  3. For the stamped look, brush fabric paint onto stamps and then lightly stamp the design on the towels.
  4. For the modern look without stamps, use the foam paint brush to create a herringbone/ arrow or swiss cross pattern.

Notes

  • Stamps can be wiped off with a baby wipe in when you're done.
  • Read the instructions on your fabric paint for washing instructions, mine said wait 72 hours between washing.

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