Unless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, chances are you have heard at least one side of the brouhaha surrounding new Common Core education standards. I am not going to get into a debate over its merits and faults here, but I am going to talk about one component that bums me out: 86ing handwriting. With that idea in mind, I used some of my family’s handwriting and turned t into handwritten recipe kitchen towels. If you have a printer at home, it is very easy to do.
Because of the increasing prevalence of digital media in our lives, handwriting may not be as important in the future as it once was, but that does not mean it is without use. I am not even referring to the cognitive benefits that are gained when children write with their hands ( and there are lots of them). I’m talking about the sentimental and historical losses we suffer when people stop writing things out by hand.
Which would you rather stumble upon: a thumb drive of emails that your grandparents sent to one another or a stack of handwritten love letters? Which has more historical significance: an early printed copy of a famous document or a handwritten draft? Which makes a better family heirloom: a website of family recipes or paper recipe cards written by family member themselves?
1. Get yourself some inexpensive cotton flour sack towels. You can usually find a package for a few dollars at the grocery store.
2. Make sure the towel is ironed out completely flat and that the surface underneath is free of wrinkles too. Any unevenness in the surface of the fabric will affect the transfer.
3. Print the recipes out on heat transfer paper. REMEMBER TO REVERSE THE IMAGE!
4. Iron the image onto the towel according to the directions that come with your brand of transfer paper.
5. Carefully remove the paper backing to reveal the transferred recipe.
I still have the original copies of these recipes tucked safely away, but now I can display them in my kitchen as well. They coordinate nicely with the framed recipes already hanging on my walls.
You can make a set of handwritten recipe towels for yourself or to give as part of a thoughtful wedding or housewarming present. I chose to leave my towels fairly minimal, but you could add trim, embroidery, or fabric paint to make them even more special.
I want my kids to have the a little bit of my history in writing too, so I sat down and hand-wrote some of the recipes I am most known for. I want my kids to have the sentimental and historical record of our family that is preserved in handwriting AND I want them to be able to pass their own written legacy on to their kids as well. And that means having my kids practice handwriting in school and at home.