Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Painted Ombre Flour Sack Towels

This is an easy and inexpensive way to dress up your plain white flour sack towels…

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Yesterday I really just felt the urge to paint something. I HAD to paint.  So I busted out some plain white flour sack dish towels that I had hoarded away, and got to work.

I laid down an old table cloth that we no longer use, and spread my towel out on top.
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Then I started taping my lines on the towel.
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I chose all my different paint colors, and worked with three different brands of paint/fabric paint. I wanted to used what I had on hand and I liked getting to experiment with the 3 different paints.
I used Tulip’s Soft Fabric paint for the turquoise and navy blue ombre striped towels…
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Plaid’s Simply Screen Water-Based Screen Printing Paint for one of the red and the purple towels…
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And I used Martha Stewarts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint and Fabric Medium for one of the red towels, and the green one.
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I painted the first stripe without adding any white to the paint
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For my second stripe I added a little bit of white paint to the color, and kept adding more white paint as I continued with my stripes.
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When I was done painting the stripes, I pulled the tape off right away and hung the towel up in a safe place to dry to dry.  Once the paint on the towels was dry I used my iron to heat set the paint in.  In a couple of days I will wash them.
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You can find flour sack towels at Walmart, Target, and tons of other places. They usually run $3-4 for a pack of 2-4.  And the paints I used are really inexpensive too. One tube of the Tulip or Martha Stewart paint would probably cost you $1.50-$2. And I believe the Fabric Medium costs about $5-$6, and that’s without a coupon.  (It lasts for a long time though, I have used it with several projects and still have a pretty full bottle.)

This is a really easy and inexpensive way to add some color and personality to your plain white flour sack towels, and I think they’d even make a fun gift to give to a friend. 

I’d love to know if you try it out, or if you have done any ombre projects yourself!

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  1. Fun project! I'll have to look at walmart for flour sack towels... Haven't been able to find them anywhere else!

  2. These are so pretty Jennifer!! I love the colors you chose - they are so bright and spring-y!!

  3. I LOVE these! So cute and such a fun idea. I buy these all the time, they are my favorite types of kitchen towels- but they are so plain and ugly- I am going to try this for sure! Oh, and I pinned!

  4. Oh I feel inspired! What a project, I've got tons of fabric paint...should get my butt in gear :)

  5. Jennifer, I love these! We gotta share with Madigan Made too, she absolutely loves ombre :D

  6. Oh, WOW! These look fanTAStic...what a great idea! I'd never have thought of something like that; simple and so chic! I'd love for you to share them here:

  7. These are so pretty! How creative. What a cheap way to add some color to the kitchen. I am a new Twitter and Pinterest follower visiting from Whipperberry. Vicky from Mess For Less

  8. I love this...beautiful way to add a little color to your kitchen...fantastic gift too!

  9. So cute!! What a great way to jazz up tea towels.

  10. I'm a big fan of stripes... And ombré... So I love these cute towels!

  11. I love this idea! I'd love for you to link up at Do Something Crafty Friday:

  12. These turned out so great! What a cute idea!

    I would LOVE it if you'd link this up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

    Hope to see you soon!


  13. Awesome! I hope you will link these up 2/22 for the Ombre' challenge going on at The CSI Project that week. The link party begins at midnight but we will have tutorials all week. So, come on by and be inspired. Oh and link up!

    Dee, the CSI Girl

  14. Ooooo, I love 'em! I'd be thrilled if you'd come and share this (and any other projects you might like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown link party! It's all happening right now at ~Jen

  15. The towels are so awesome! Love the idea... Great job!

  16. well, dang Girl! I've had some of these towels tucked away for evah and I couldn't decide what to do with them. Now I know :D Great tute for ombre!

  17. What a fun POP of color! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!

  18. OH My! I love this project. I am pinning it! Please link up to my party- “Cowgirl Up!”. It is a linked linky, so when you post it on my site, your project will appear on 4 different blogs. I know everyone will love this! Thanks for sharing!

  19. That is so cool! I'm stting here thinking of all the neat stencils I could use!
    Thank you so much for linking up with the Cowgirl up! Linky party. We love looking through each post. We hope you'll link up with us again next week!

  20. These turned out SO cute! I love those bright happy colors!!

  21. Supercute! Awesome way to add a splash of color to something otherwise mundane!
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  22. What a fun project and they look so good! We have a really neutral kitchen so some of these in bright colours would look great


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