Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stenciled Flour Sack Dish Towels

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Hey guys, I’m baaaackk. Hehe, always wanted to say that.  Okay, so earlier I showed you guys the awesome new Martha Stewart Decorative Paint Line and the cute gifts bags I stenciled.  Now I am going to show you a fun gift to put inside your glammed up bags. Seriously, you stick with me and my ideas, and who ever you end up bestowing your gifts upon, is going to think you’ve been hanging with Martha Stewart herself.  (By the way Martha, I’m free for lunch on Sunday. Call me?)


First up, you’re going to need these supplies:

Flour Sack Dish Towels (I stopped at Target and got 4 for $3.99, but Sam’s Club also has them and I believe you can get 9 for $9.99)

A stencil

Martha Stewart Decorative Paint in whatever color you choose

Martha Stewart’s Fabric Medium

A small sponge brush

An iron


Lay your towel out on a flat surface, making sure you put something underneath it to absorb the paint coming through.

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Then you can mix your paint with the fabric medium, in a 2 to 1 ratio. (2 parts paint, 1 part medium.)

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Mixed and ready to go. (this time I used a ceramic dish for my paint palette, ceramic dishes are great, they’re reusable and super easy to wash out since they have a glazed finish.)

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Then I took one of the round sponge brushes from Martha Stewart’s new line and dabbed the paint onto my stencil and towel.  (I know “professional” stencil-ers will tell you to use some stencil adhesive but I didn’t have any on hand. So learn from me and what not to do.)

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Make sure not to get too much paint on your brush, and always dab the excess off before you apply the paint to the area you’re going to be stenciling. (P.S. my husband was the photographer for this blurry shot. No worries, I took the camera back quickly.)

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When you’re done pull the stencil off and clean it off before starting on the next one. (They come clean by rinsing them with warm water.)

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When you’re done stenciling, you must let it dry for 24 hours before using the iron to heat set the paint.  The iron will seal the paint and make it washable. I followed the directions and laid my stenciled towel down flat, then put a thin cloth over it, and ironed it on the “wool” setting.

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Once you’ve ironed your towels you’re done.  You have a really pretty set of flour sack dish towels to give as a gift, a set no one else will have.

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Fold up your towels and tie them up with bakers twine, ribbon, or yarn to create a nice set.

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Another totally affordable, and do-able gift. Because believe me, if I can stencil, so can you!  The Martha Stewart stencils are so easy to use, and come in great designs.  Her sponge brushes are super easy to clean since the foam comes right out of the brushes handle, and the paint colors are so pretty. My favorite color so far is the ‘Surf’ or turquoise color I used on 2 of the towels. It’s gorgeous.

I have one more fun post to show you today, so come back and check it out too. Please! (Hint: It involves canvases and paint.)


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Steph said...

You (and your BFF Martha) have created some very special and beautiful towels! I'll be visiting a friend's new home for the first time and I'd love to give her some towels like this. Thanks for the great idea!

Just Short said...

Love this!! Had to lol at the blurry shots. Same thing happens at our house.

MarilennAlcantara.Com said...

Those are beautiful Jen! I'll have to try making them myself sometime :D

Niki said...

So gorgeous!!

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

How pretty! I think this is such a great idea and I love the colors you chose. I'm featuring this on my blog as a great gift idea for Mother's Day!

Nicole said...

I love the blue ones!

Gretchen Smith said...

I would love to try this one day. These are so pretty.