I love the look of stamped flour sack towels and thought it would be fun to try making my own. I found this package of 5 at Walmart for $4.34 – a great price in case I messed them up. 😉
The first thing you need to do is to wash and dry the towels. Wash and dry them without fabric softener or dryer sheets. Then you’ll need to iron them. I know, not my favorite thing either, but it’s something you need to do. 🙂
I got out my Memento Luxe Ink for Mixed Media and some of my foam flower stamps.
Then just have fun! I stamped a border on one edge of each towel using various flower stamps and different ink colors. I put paper towels under my flour sack towels to protect my counter not thinking about the fact that the paper towels had a texture to them. I kind of liked the way it added a little pattern to some of the flowers. If you don’t want that, just use plain paper. The ink really didn’t go through the fabric, but better to be safe than sorry!
After the ink has dried (which doesn’t take long), you will need to heat set the images so they won’t fade away the first time you wash the towels! You’ll need to get out your iron again (I’m sorry!!) along with an old towel or piece of fabric to put over the stamped area of the towel. Turn your iron on high with NO steam. Place your old towel over the stamped towel and iron for 3 to 5 minutes. You’ll need to do this on the front and the back of the towel. This should set the ink and then your towels are ready to use. I haven’t washed my towels yet, but I did get them wet and the ink did not run at all. Seems like all that ironing was worth it! 🙂
Here are the finished towels…
You could stamp a border on both ends or randomly stamp the entire towel. Using kitchen themed stamps would make cute towels. And you don’t have to limit yourself to using just foam stamps – I think rubber stamps and even clear stamps would work great! And if you have fabric paint instead of fabric ink go ahead and use that. Just don’t forget to heat set your images no matter what you use!
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