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

Tea Towel Printing - Customized and Personalized Tea Towels with Your Artwork & Logo Design


Custom Flour Sack Towels / Custom Tea Towels

Digital Printed Tea Towels (DTG): Recommended for unlimited colors, watercolor paints, maximum imprint area is 14"x16".

Screen Printed Tea Towels: Recommended for up to 4 colors, solid designs, writings.   

Edge to Edge All Over Custom Tea Towel Printing: Recommended for unlimited colors, watercolor paints, patterns, it can be printed all over the towel. 

Custom Pillow Cases / Custom Throw & Lumber Pillow Covers

Custom Pillow Cases (DTG & Screen Printing): Made from 100% cotton, premium quality twill fabric 

Custom Placemat

Custom Placemat / Custom Printed Cotton Placemat: Made from 100% cotton, premium quality twill fabric


Want to customize your flour sack towels with your own individual artwork or logo? Then look no further.  We offer in-house tea towel printing so that personalizing your flour sack towel (aka tea towel) is both easy and cost-effective.  That means, no spending time or effort looking for a printing company, and no higher prices due to overhead costs and surcharges. Designing custom printed flour sack tea towels for business promotion or your home décor is so easy and simple with Mary's Kitchen Towels!

Print Your Photo on a Tea Towel! 

Towels are an absolute necessity to keep around the house. People need all sizes of towels for cleaning, bathing, and even makeshift pot holders! However, you may associate tea towels with mundane household tasks that are simply snooze-worthy. 

Make your cleaning into a fun experience with a personalized tea towel! When you want to remember a special occasion or give a unique gift to a loved one, customized tea towels make an instant and functional keepsake. 

Why Choose Customized Tea Towels?

Young couples and older generations alike will appreciate the gift of tea towels for any occasion. These 100% cotton keepsakes can be used in a variety of ways and are even more special with personalized details. 

The gift of tea towels can be traced back to the 18th century. These functional and fashionable items are sure to be a hit among any guests visiting your house. No matter if you use your tea towel as decoration or usefulness in the kitchen and bathroom, this item will last for years to come. 

Tea towels make a great present for new homeowners and married couples alike. Far from just cleaning supplies, tea towels show your appreciation for your friends and family, especially with personalized details!  

Gift a tea towel at Christmas or keep it for yourself to add a unique flair to your home. The options are endless and the thought is forever.

Here's what you need to know in order to get started:

1- For screen print service, the minimum order quantity is 24. 

2- We print up to 5 different colors for a single design

3- Acceptable design formats include JPG, TIF, PSD, AI, BITMAP.

4- We create a virtual sample/mock-up for your approval

5- Feel free to make any changes on your design before you approve the mock-up. Once it meets your final approval, we will start printing your order.

6- Production time is 10-21 days. 

7- You can always cancel your order and get a full refund before you approve the mock-up. However, once your virtual sample (mock-up) is approved, we will be unable to accept returns, cancellations or exchanges on personalized tea towels.  

8- Ordering 24 items or more allows your cost per piece to remain competitive while ensuring Mary's Kitchen’s gold standard of quality.

9- To ensure that your final product is high-quality, we thoroughly inspect each and every item we ship both before and after screen printing. 

So don't hesitate: make us your one-stop shop for everything from logos or names, to original artwork created by you!  

Call us at 1-909-923-0225 Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5.30pm PST or e-mail, if you have any questions. 

Important Notice: "Production time" is the number of DAYS required to print an order; that is, the total number of days Mary's Kitchen Towels requires to print and get an order ready for shipment AFTER order and artwork approval has been submitted. Our production time is 10-21 days. Please contact us if you need to "rush" your print. 

“Expedited Shipping” is the time it takes for those finished items to ship to you.

Check out our latest prints here:


What are the Differences Between Screen Printing and Digital Printing? Which one is better for Custom Tea Towels?

When you’re considering which printing process to choose to create your custom tea towels, there’s a lot to consider when you’re deciding which process will best suit your needs. With today’s technology, screen printing and direct to garment printing (DTG) are the best options for tea towel printing. 

For most tea towel applications, DTG printing is the preferred method and is our most popular option, but each process has its own advantages and disadvantages. 

Screen Printing and Digital Printing: The Basics

The two major manufacturing processes for printing images on tea towels used today are screen printing and digital printing. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Printing

Digital printing, also called direct to garment printing, is a modern printing process that prints the completed image directly onto your fabric. First, a graphic is designed as a digital image. Then, this image is sent directly to the printer which prints the design on the fabric. DTG printing uses specially designed water-based inks that are applied to the fibers through an ink-jet process. You can design any image you like, and incredible levels of detail are possible as well as unlimited variations in color. With the latest technology, we are able to print amazing quality prints with resolutions up to 1440x720 dpi.

Screen Printing 101

When most people hear the term “screen printing,” their mind immediately recall the manually operated wooden-framed silkscreen presses of yesterday. In silkscreen printing, first, a design is used to make a stencil. Then, that stencil is pressed onto the fabric blocking off the desired shape. Finally, ink is applied to the fabric in a sweeping motion causing it to seep into the fabric through the stencil. Every color of the design requires its own stencil and its own sweeping pass. Through successive layers, an image is formed. While this traditional form of printing is the precursor to modern screen printing, the technology has advanced by bounds. Modern screen printing machines range from manually operated machines to computerized machines that are capable of quickly printing and curing the various layers of a design in a fully automated process. 

There is a tendency to think about screen printing versus digital printing as old versus new, but the truth is that both technologies continue to evolve, and there are important advantages and disadvantages to both manufacturing processes. Now that we’re armed with a basic understanding of how the two processes work, we can delve more fully into the advantages and disadvantages of each method. 

Hand Printed Products

Our products are printed by hand, small imperfections / differences in shape, size and color can happen and are part of the charm of a hand printed products. This part of the handmade process is what makes our products unique and should not be seen as a fault. Those are normal and expected with these methods. They will never affect the overall aesthetic of the product and its ability for use as intended.

The Advantages of Digital Printing

Better for Limited Runs

It is easy to see the many advantages of direct to garment printing. One of the most important is that digital printers are not limited by the number of colors they can use and don’t require an upfront process. As soon as you have your design, you can print it onto flour sack dish towels. This makes direct to garment printing exceptionally advantageous when it comes to limited run orders. If you are only planning on printing one-to-twenty-four tea towels, then digital printing is your ideal process. With a digital printer, it’s as easy to print out several unique designs as it is to print out several copies of the same design. 

Unlimited Color Combinations and Detailed Images

Because digital printers aren’t limited to one color at a time, your design can be as complex or as simple as you choose. If you want to print out a copy of the Mona Lisa, or a landscape that has fifteen shades of orange in the sunset, then digital printing is your obvious process. 

Lower Up-front Costs

Digital printers are ready to print as soon as the image is downloaded to the printer. Since there is no middle step for converting the image to prepare it for the printing process, the cost per flour sack towel doesn’t include an upfront cost. Whether you want one or twenty copies of your design printed, your price per tea towel is usually the same, and the complexity of the design is also not a factor in cost. 

Softer Texture

The water-based inks used in DTG printing bleed into the fabric more and leave printed areas feeling softer and more like the texture of the fabric underneath. This can make using tea towels with DTG printed images feel luxuriantly soft. 

Better for Uneven Surfaces

Unlike screen printers that require a flat surface, modern digital printers can often print on irregular surface and can print an uninterrupted image. This makes our DTG process especially well-suited to printing on tea towels. 

Digital Printing Disadvantages

Bulk Discounts are Less Common

For most manufacturers, since there is a less reduced cost per item on the manufacturer’s end, buying in bulk doesn’t usually translate to any significant savings for the buyer. In fact, printing out a design digitally in bulk can be significantly more expensive than printing it using a screen press, especially if it’s a simple design with only a few colors. Fortunately, we’ve been able to take advantage of recent advances in DTG printing that allows us to offer considerable discounts on bulk orders for our DTG tea towel clients. 

Less Resistant to Wear

Some who have purchased tea towels manufactured digitally have reported that the designs are not as durable as screen printed designs. Some report the designs don’t hold up as well through multiple washes. However, most manufacturers who focus on printing digitally advise that if you follow the recommended care practices that this is a non-issue. Washing flour sack tea towels on a lower temperature will preserve the longevity of the design. If you are leaning toward a company that prints digitally, be sure to look for any reviews about their products and be informed about your choice. Our DTG printing process takes advantage of the latest Epson DTG printers, and the level of absorption combined with specially designed inks makes our DTG printed tea towels hold of exceptionally well. 

Less Precise Designs

For DTG manufacturers using older technology, the ink that is applied digitally can bleed more significantly into the fabric, which can make the lines of your designs look fuzzy or imprecise. This varies by the type of ink used and the quality of the fabric. However, taking advantage of the latest technology, we’re able to print incredible prints with precise lines and clear details with resolutions up 1,440 x 720 dpi for color. 

Slower Manufacturing Times in Large Orders

While it is typically quicker to print a one-off design digitally than through screen printing, depending on the specific type of DTG printer being used, large-scale orders can take a significant amount of time to produce. As the technology improves, so does the speed of production, but currently, a bulk digital order can take time to fulfill, in our case 1-3 weeks. For a small premium, we offer rush printing services if you need your order ship quickly. Please give us a call at 909-923-0225 to find out about our current printing schedule. 

The Advantages of Screen Printing

Cheaper Purchased In Bulk

A major consideration when determining which manufacturing process to use is how large your order will be. The screen printing process has a clear advantage here. Because a custom stencil must be made for each color of the total design, the initial manufacturing cost is higher. However, since we have a higher profit margin as the number of units increases, we encourage our clients to make bulk orders to offset the initial expense, which are savings that we pass on to our customers. For large businesses wishing to print tea towels with simple logos printed on them, screen printing is usually the best option. 

Sharper Lines

The ink that screen printed shirts use tends to sit on top of the shirt more and tends to be a little thicker. In the past, it was easier to achieve sharper lines with screen-printed designs. For manufacturers using older printers this can be an issue, but using the latest technology, our DTG designs are printed with incredibly sharp lines. 

More Resistant to Wear

Screen printed designs are reported by many to hold up better to the wear from washing. This is a limitation of older technology. Our DTG technology produces designs that hold up very well. This means your custom design will look better for longer. For a business that uses this process to make custom tea towels, this can mean that they won’t have to replace these towels as often which can translate into savings. Not only will the flour sack towels be cheaper to produce on a larger scale, but they’ll last longer. 

Quicker Large-Scale Manufacturing

This advantage will vary depending on the screen printing process used by the printing company. Companies that have fully-automated screen-printing processes are capable of producing hundreds of units a day and can meet the demands of large-scale orders very quickly. Companies that use a manual screen-printing process can many times still outperform those that use a digital process, but will not be able to produce at the pace of printers using a fully automated process. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the process of the manufacturer you plan to commission in order to get an idea of the limitations of their process. 

Screen Printing Disadvantages

Limited In the Number of Colors

Since every stencil in the printing process can only accommodate a single color of ink, the total number of colors is limited by how many stencils are available. It is possible to create a mixture a color of two or more layers but creating a dot matrix out of the various levels, but if your application requires a wide range of colors, you are usually better off choosing to print digitally. 

Cost Rises With Complexity

Since each ink layer requires the construction of a unique stencil used to apply that color later, as the more colors are introduced the price for the design will increase. A three or four color design is usually significantly more expensive to manufacture using screen printing than a one or two color design. You can expect the price to rise with each additional layer. 

Block Shapes Only

Though it is possible to get subtler variations in color using a dot matrix, that process can be somewhat cost prohibitive. This means screen printing lends itself to simple block designs. This makes screen printing ideal for lettering or simple logos but a poor choice for more complex designs. 

Larger Upfront Expense

Because of the added step in constructing the filters for each ink layer, screen printing will typically have a higher up-front cost. While this cost is usually offset in longer productions runs, it isn’t ideal for limited run items. If you require less than 24 units, you are usually better off printing your design digitally. 

Final Considerations

As you are considering which process to use for your custom designs, there are many additional considerations. The type of material or fabric that you want to print on, for example, can affect the success of the process. An amazing design printed with an excellent process can still turn out poorly on a low-quality fabric. 

For customers looking to purchase tea towels with custom designs, direct-to-garment printing is the preferred printing method that produces the highest quality designs with the most luxuriant textures. By taking advantage of the latest technologies, we're able to offer bulk-order discounts that compete with the discounts offered by screen-printing specialists. 

When you are considering a print order, be inquisitive and don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask for our portfolio and check the reviews. Consider a limited run to test out a new design before you fully commit to a large order that you might regret making.