This tutorial is pretty easy and absolutely suitable for sewing beginners. Have fun!
What you need for sewing and printing your own dishtowels:You need this for sewing the dishtowels:
- White fabric (depending on amount & size of your dishtowels - I simply used old ones as pattern)
- Cottons cords
- Sewing machine and sewing supplies like scissors, pins and measuring tape
- Hot iron and ironing board
- Makes it easier: roll cuter and cutting board (mine are from Snaply)
You need this for fabric printing:
- Textile colors, brushes, potatoes, a sharp knife
- Paper or old newspaper to put under the fabric while printing
How to sew a dishtowel:First of all, use an old dishtowel as pattern or take its measurements to cut the fabric. I put four layers onto each other and cut all of them with my roll cutter at once.
Next, fold over all four edges twice and pin them.
Now use your sewing machine to sew the layers of the edge onto each other. Top-stitch and make two seams next to each other.
Then iron the edges.
Finally, sew the cord into one corner (you could also do this before folding over the edges to hide its end under the folded fabric).
How to print your dishtowel:After your dishtowel is finished, you can then print it with any pattern you like.
Therefore, you will need textile colors in any color you like. Make sure that it's color which can be washed on a higher temperature afterwards so that you can always properly get your dishtowels clean.
Use a sharp knife and cut out simple shapes, spread textile color onto the potato slices and print.
After the color has dried, you will normally have to iron the fabric to make the colors last longer. Therefore, put an old piece of fabric between the hot iron and your dishtowel to protect it.
Your own handmade dishtowels:That's it, you're done! Yippie!
The dotty dishtowel might be my favorite one, not only because it reminds me of Mogli's fur. :D
This arrow pattern is so pretty, too.
How much I like the color combination of yellow and rose!
That was lots of fun and really easy! Those towels are a great gift and make every kitchen look prettier!
Enjoy sewing & printing your own ones and don't forget to share photos! :)