I love crafting with tea towels because I am hella cheap. You can buy a 12 pack of flour sack towels for barely more than a buck a piece. These blank canvases are a perfect jumping-off point for all kinds of creativity. I have rounded up 15 ways to decorate tea towels so you can unleash your creativity today!
15 WAYS TO DECORATE TEA TOWELS
BLOCK PRINTED TEA TOWELS – MAD IN CRAFTS
Block print your own towels and then use fabric markers to add more color. All the fun of coloring books and you have a useful finished project!
BUBBLE PAINTED TEA TOWELS – AVERAGE BUT INSPIRED
Get your kids involved in making these colorful towels. They would make a sweet gift for Mother’s Day!
CITRUS STAMPED TEA TOWELS – MAKING HOME BASE
Halved citrus fruit makes an amazing DIY stamp! Just add paint to create a quick and easy design on your tea towels.
CROCHET EDGED TEA TOWELS – DREAM A LITTLE BIGGER
Fancy up plain towels with a bit of yarn. The crocheted edge on these towels adds a special homemade touch.
DECOFOIL TEA TOWELS – TIDBITS
DecoFoil adds a fun metallic shine to these fruit-themed towels. This post even includes the free printable design for the towels.
EMBROIDERED TEA TOWELS – A BEAUTIFUL MESS
Embroidered tea towels without sewing? YES! You have to check out the full tutorial to learn how.
HANDWRITTEN RECIPE TEA TOWELS – MAD IN CRAFTS
Preserve your family’s precious handwritten recipes with one simple technique. These tea towels will become keepsakes for sure!
NATURALLY DYED TEA TOWELS – ALICE AND LOIS
Yes, you can get vibrant colors on your fabric with natural dyes. Learn more in this fun tutorial!
PASTEL PAINTED TEA TOWELS – SISTERS, WHAT
You get all the satisfaction of creating a beautiful, painted project with this easy technique. Simple, painted brushstrokes in pastel colors look stunning on these towels.
POTATO PRINTED TEA TOWELS – CLUMSY CRAFTER
Did you do potato printing in grade school art class? Recall those skills to make pretty printed towels for your kitchen.
POUNDED FLOWER TEA TOWELS – HEARTH & VINE
Turn gorgeous fresh flowers into beautiful towels. This tutorial will show you how to pound flowers into the fabric to transfer their beautiful colors to the towel.
RORSHACH BUTTERFLY TEA TOWELS – MAD IN CRAFTS
The technique for creating colorful butterflies on fabric could not be easier! Blob the paint on, smoosh the fabric together, peel apart, and BOOM! Instant butterflies!
SHAVING CREAM MARBLED TEA TOWELS – HOMEMADE GINGER
Shaving cream marbling isn’t just for paper crafts! You can use this fun, and a little messy, DIY to make pretty designs on fabric too.
SHIBORI TEA TOWELS – CRAFTIVITY DESIGNS
If you love tie-dyeing, you have to give shibori a try. This tutorial walks you through several shibori techniques that will produce beautiful results.
STENCILED TEA TOWELS – HANDMADE CHARLOTTE
Create any design you want using any colors that you want! These beautiful tea towels are stenciled with fabric ink (which is my favorite medium for painting on fabric).
Linda Martin says
I need an easy quick idea or ideas for decorating white tea towels for Christmas presents. I must admit I am not very crafty. Thanks Linda My e mail address lmartinquilts @yahoo.com
Lots of good techniques. Do you know if alcohol inks can be used on dish towels?