To start your DIY stamped towel, collect white or light tea towels or flour sack towels. You can buy these in a store or a craft store in your area. Carefully wash the cloth and allow it to dry completely before stamping. If you are going to dye your cloth, learn how to dye a flour bag towel or towel here . If you decide to dye the towel, let it sit for a day or two after it has dried completely.
You can stamp almost any shape on your towels, but you need special accessories. You can use any color surface, but you also need to buy a tonable fabric medium online or in a craft store. The bottle of fabric medium has mixing instructions on the back, but all color should be mixed with the medium in the suggested ratio. This will ensure that your stamped towels are washable and that they will keep the colors adhered and strong.
You will also need stamp deliveries, some brushes including a sponge brush, newspaper or drip cloth and a bowl to mix your color and medium in.
Stamping is the best part of this project, and you can really let your creativity shine. You can use fruits such as stamps, cookie cutters, basestamps, mushrooms and more. Potatoes can be shaped with knives and cookie cutters in many shapes and make a really good addition to your stamp collection.
Some of our favorite stamps include citrus fruits that have been sliced in half, pears that have been sliced in half, a whimsical block stamp, Christmas tree cookie cutters and leaf-shaped stamps.
How to Stamp Tea Towels
Matching the cloth requires some patience, and that's about it. Once you have chosen your stamp, you can decide how many shapes you want to stamp on your kitchen towel, how far apart the stamps will be and whether the stamps will be sporadic or in a neat row. You can place small dots on the flour sack towel to indicate where you want the stamp to go if it helps you plan. The long and short is it: the more you plan, the less likely you are to make a mistake that will make you start over.
Take the stamp of your choice and use a brush to cover it evenly in a thin layer of stock. Pay attention to the amount of color on the stamp because you want to replicate it on every stamp you make. Take the colored stamp and press it firmly and squarely on the towel. Hold the stamp there for ten to fifteen seconds and pull it straight off the material. If necessary, wipe gunky paint from the stamp with a cloth and continue stamping.
When you're done stamping, let the design sit for at least twenty-four to forty-eight hours. You can then wash your towel according to the instructions on the back of your fabric bottle. You can also iron the towel and tie it with some string to add to your arsenal of amazing DIY gifts .
Sometimes the paint gets sprayed or patterns get dirty. Since there is no way to wash the paint completely when the stamp hits the fabric, you have three options when it comes to mistakes on your towels; you can ignore it, incorporate it or start over. If the mistake is small and hardly noticed, ignore it and move on. If the mistake involves a splash or a stain, see if you can integrate it into the grand design. And if all else fails, there is no DIY shame to begin with.
Now that you have mastered the art of stamping flour sack towels, dive right into more kitchen decor DIY projects or find more ways to use your tea towels as gifts .