Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Hand-Sewn, Printed Tea Towels

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Hand-Sewn, Printed Tea Towels

Dabney Frake
Nov 7, 2013
Maker: Stephanie
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 3 hours
Project Cost: $30

Last year, in an effort to minimize the cost of Christmas shopping, Stephanie and her boyfriend James decided that all their gifts would be handmade by them. Stephanie sewed up some hand-stamped tea towels to give alongside some cutting boards made by James. Here's how she did it:


  • Absorbant cotton fabric in white/cream
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fabric paint medium
  • Stencil (you can use your own or buy one)
  • Sponges
  • Tape
  1. Cut your cotton fabric into rectangular shapes, using other tea towels as a guide for size.
  2. Sew a 1/4 inch border around the edges.
  3. Choose your paint color and mix with fabric paint medium to ensure easy application and washing.
  4. Place your chosen stencil on the fabric and secure with tape so it doesn't move around. Or, use some tape in place of a stencil to create stripes.
  5. Dab paint on with a sponge.
  6. If given with a cutting board, tie them up using some twine and you are all set to give as a gift!

Many thanks to Stephanie and her boyfriend James for this great gift idea!

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