I love this tea (kitchen) towel that we made many years ago, and wondered why I hadn’t shared it here before now!
We made these to give to family for Christmas. They do take a bit of time and planning, but are definitely a one-of-a-kind item! And it can get a bit messy 😉
I used good quality vintage pillowcases. They were old family linen, but were sitting unused in my cupboard. I didn’t want to throw them out, so I up-cycled them!
(Please pardon these rather un-edited photos – I have a new computer and haven’t quite got the new photo editing system down pat yet.)
I unpicked the side seams of the pillowcases, to get two pieces of fabric. I washed and ironed them to prepare them for paint. You can find fabric paint in most craft stores. Follow the instructions on the pot for what kind of fabric is best to use, and how to prepare it.
As you can see, these were done back in 2010. Our son was in pre-school, 4 years old, and had learnt to write his name. You probably wouldn’t want to do this project with children much younger than this – you want to have a little control over where the fabric paint is going!
I set up the pieces of fabric outside on a well-covered table. We did 4 or 5 towels, so had a bit of a production line going! Child was also well-covered in very old clothes lol.
He wrote his name on each towel, and I added the year.
Then the ‘fun’ bit! I found it easiest to brush the paint on his hands, then he stamped them on the towels. I had to gently push his hand down to get a good image, and some are clearer than others.
Clean up as best you can. I don’t think we have any lasting paint stains!
Once dry, I used a hot iron to set the paint. Again, check the instructions on your paint pot for how to set it.
To finish the edges, I found a matching coloured bias binding. This was quite a quick and easy way to get a neat edge.
Ours is just a decoration, adorning the side of our fridge.
I don’t want to ruin it by actually using it! It has, however, been washed a few times over the years and is still looking good!
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