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The Leading Manufacturer & Distributor of Blank and Printed Flour Sack Towels in North America

Ultimate DIY Tea Towels Tutorial

Ultimate DIY Tea Towels Tutorial

Looking to get creative at home and make something you’re proud of? Now it may sound a little boring at first, but trust us here… How about getting crafty with a DIY tea towel tutorial?!

You can unleash your inner creative god/goddess by creating your own customized tea towel from our exceptional flour sack towels. Let’s dive right into the ultimate DIY tea towel tutorial, by the end of which you’ll be absolutely over the moon with your personalized design!

diy tea towels tutorial
Printed DIY Tea Towel Idea!

Get Creative With Mary’s Flour Sack DIY Tea Towels

We sell exceptional quality blank flour sack towels ready and waiting for you to get creative and make your own tea towel masterpiece! We sell in wholesale quantities too, perfect for those Etsy online shop sales! Order them here!

Our flour sack tea towels are useful in a variety of ways. They come with a load of benefits, such as being super absorbent and do not leave any lint behind. Individuals use these towels for cooking, cleaning, as well as crafting! They are a very durable towel and visually appealing once you put your own stamp on it!


DIY Kitchen Towels Made Easy

Many people choose flour sack towels for crafting because they offer an ideal canvas for a number of projects. They can easily be customized with a name, logo, motivational quote, song, photograph, pretty pattern, the list is endless to be honest! This can be accomplished through stamping, embroidery or transfers. The sky's the limit when it comes to crafting with our flour sack tea towels!


Not everybody has that natural creative flair, but DIY flour sack kitchen towel projects can be conducted and enjoyed with ease. Here are some easy instructions on how you can customize your tea towels right at home.


Some ideas from Mary’s to personalize your Tea Towel:

  • Print Trace by Hand - [anchor to heading]
  • Fabric Painting - [anchor to heading]
  • Watercoloring - [anchor to heading]
  • Embroidery
  • Sewing
  • Printing Graphics
  • Vinyl Stickers


Below we will cover three creative ways to have fun creating your own DIY tea towels! Print Tracing, Fabric Painting and Watercoloring!

However, if you’re more of a digital designer, and already have your design work ready, you can simply purchase our plain flour sack towels and use our premium printing service, which comes with speedy production and delivery. 

Head over to our Tea Towel Printing page here!

 tea towel printing service

How to Print Trace on Flour Sack Towels? 

You can literally transfer any pattern you like onto a flour sack towel in just a few easy steps.

diy flour sack tea towels tutorial

Here is what you need…

★ Mary's Kitchen blank flour sack towels. Order here!

★ A Sharpie pen

★ Printed design for tracing


Let's get started:


1- Print off your favorite design. You will want to print it on cardstock because it will be a bit easier for you to work with.


2- Before you begin, you will want to wash and dry your towels. If they have a lot of wrinkles you will want to iron them so it does not cause any issues when tracing your design.



3- Place the printed design under the tea towel. Ensure you have it the place that you want it to be. You should be able to easily see the design through the cloth.


4- Use a Sharpie to trace the design. You can easily color in the sections that you want, but be careful not to smudge the ink before it has a chance to dry. It may be a good idea to take a break and let the ink dry between objects.


And that’s it!

Let your tea towels dry for a few days before you attempt to wash or use them. This will give the Sharpie ink a chance to dry and settle into the cloth. Once it is completely dry, you can wash them without any worry. They may fade a bit, but that will only add to their rustic charm. Keep this in mind when choosing colors for your design. This is a great project to get your kids/grandchildren involved with too!


Reveal Your Inner Van Gogh With Fabric Painting

Painting on fabric is simple and fun! You can conduct this activity on our flour sack tea towels, and you only need a few supplies to get started. The results will leave you feeling like a true artist, as they offer a rustic and vintage appeal that is not found in today's towel market.

fabric painting on tea towels

Here is what you need…

★ Painters tape

★ Regular brushes (not foam)

★ Mary's Kitchen blank Flour Sack Towels. Order here!

★ Craft acrylic paint


Let's get started:


1- You will want to have a flat surface to work on. Use the tape to mark out your design. Simple and appealing design includes stripes or small words. You will want to line and protect your surface in case the paint bleeds through the towel. A vinyl plastic table cloth, kraft paper or plastic seal wrap will all work nicely.


2- You will want to water down your paint slightly, but make sure it is not too runny. Wipe excess paint off your brush onto a piece of paper. This is known as a dry brush technique.


3- Apply the brush lightly onto the towel without pressing too hard. Do this several times until you reach the desired color for your design.


4- Once you are done painting, you can peel your tape off and repeat the instructions on the other side of the towel.


There you have it… A beautiful rustic design that cannot be duplicated by any products found on the market!


Again, you will want to let your homemade dish towels dry completely before washing them. 


Watercolor Style DIY Tea Towels

Watercolor tea towels are unique, easily crafted and provide a pop of color for an otherwise mundane white flour sack cloth. Bring out the inner child in you, and have some fun with watercolor paints. These towels will transform the look of any room.

watercolour on tea towels

Here is what you need…

★ Mary's Kitchen blank Flour Sack Towels. Order here!

★ Dye in a few shades

★ Generous amount of water

★ Inexpensive brushes

★ Optional: Soda ash for your water


Let's get started:


1- Fill a large bowl with a large amount of water. If you have access to soda ash water, it will help the dye stick to the fabric better, but you can also use just plain water. Soda ash is just a powder that can be added to plain water. It is designed to make the dye soak into the fabric more efficiently and allow your colors to be more vibrant. You will find this product sold near the dye in the craft section of a store. Made by brands such as Tulip.


2- Place a small amount of dye in a bowl and add a bit of water. Test the color on a dry paper towel. Add dye until you reach the desired color.


3- Wring out your towels, so most of the moisture is gone. Begin painting your dye on them. You can use your big bowl to add more water and blend colors into one another.


4- If you are not using soda ash, you will have to go heavy with the dye. Otherwise, you will only end up with slightly tinted towels.


5- Be creative with your patterns as there are no rules. You can make any design that you like. You may want to wear gloves to keep the dye off of your hands and protect the surface that you are working on.


6- Once you are finished, place the towel in a plastic bag. This will allow the towel to stay moist while the dye sets. Allow it 3 to 5 hours to completely set, and then rinse until the water runs clear. Wash in hot water with no detergent.


That’s it! You will then have a beautiful watercolor DIY tea towel. Feel free to use your creativity when it comes to colors and design. You really cannot go wrong!


Gift Giving Possibilities

If you have a special occasion coming up you can easily customize and get started on a DIY flour sack tea towel to give as a gift. Here are just some of the gifting possibilities.


Baby Shower

You can customize a flour sack towel with the baby's name and it can be utilized as a burp cloth. These towels are super absorbent, and many individuals choose to use them as cloth diapers. They are large in size and all natural, so there are no issues when placed next to a baby’s skin. In addition, these towels can be transformed into swaddling blankets or nursing cover-ups.



The newly married couple will be lavished with a number of gifts. You want your gift to be special and different. Customizing flour sack towels with the newlywed's last names or using their monograph will be a treasured gift for years to come. They can proudly display these towels in their kitchen or bathroom. Plus, you can pair them with a number of other items to make a special gift basket. In addition, flour sack cloths make great decorative pillows or can be used as a canvas to paint on. These will also make nice additions for a newly married couple to receive.


Mother's Day 

Mom is so special for a number of reasons. Why not show her how much you love her with a custom made spa basket. Print design on the flour sack towels and pair them with a number of spa items, such as lotions, foot scrub, bath bombs, nail polish, body spray, and body wash. You can theme the basket around her favorite colors and scent. Wrap it in a beautiful basket that can be proudly displayed in her bathroom. The towel can be used to dry her hair or used when giving herself a manicure or pedicure.


Father’s Day

For those dads who like to BBQ, the flour sack towel is a welcome gift. These towels are extremely handy when preparing food, as they will not leave any lint behind. Print a catch saying on them to make your dad feel like the master chef he is. He will gladly use them at all his cookouts this summer.



Perfect gift for someone who is going away or starting a new adventure. With the ability to print anything on these towels, you will be able to customize them any way you choose. Plus, you will be given the recipient a useful gift that will be used for years to come. Perhaps, you can customize them for someone who is venturing out on a new career or just received a promotion at work. Every time they use their towel, they will remember their humble beginnings of the adventure they are on.

flour sack tea towels as gifts

Final Thoughts

There is no wrong time to give a custom flour sack or DIY tea towel to a friend or family member. They make amazing customized gifts and can be used in everyday life. If you are looking for a fun project to do with your kids, give the three DIY crafts above a try. You will not be disappointed, as the results will leave you with a unique towel that can be used in the kitchen, bathroom or various other places in your home.


There are thousands of other DIY projects you can conduct with these towels, so the sky is the limit. Have fun and be creative when conducting these projects, because the recipient of your gift will cherish them for years to come. Flour sack tea towels are a timeless treasure that is warmly welcomed into everyone's home.




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