Ok, before we start, you’re thinking ‘Tea towel? Really??’ Yes, really, and here’s why:
1) Anyone who visits your house will be horribly impressed that you make your own tea towels and therefore must be a Super Efficient sort
2) You can design them to fit in with the colour scheme or theme of your kitchen
3) They are actually super easy to do
Most importantly, these are no normal tea towels. No sir, these are Keep Your Eyes on the Prize tea towels and therefore I have lovingly stencilled a picture of some wine on it. Because, ahem, I am not super keen on housework where as I am quite keen on sitting on my bottom drinking wine.
To make your own tea towel you will need:
Some fabric – half a metre should make you two. I used lightweight cotton
because it was all the fabric shop near me had and I generally leave everything to drip dry but linen or heavyweight cotton should also work well
Sewing machine – again, you could do by hand but its a faff
Fabric paints – I use speedball fabric ones so I can use them for screen printing too
A4 paper, a pen, a craft knife, a sponge and a bit of cardboard
First of all make your tea towel. You need to cut your cotton big enough to allow you to turn the hems in twice so it won’t fall apart after a couple of uses. I did 52x68cm which is a 2cm seem allowance.
Turn the hems in 1cm and then iron, do it again and then iron so its ready to sew.
Sew round the outer edge and inner edge of your seem. You could get away with just doing the one row of stitching, but quite frankly it won’t take you much longer and it will look and last much better.
Et voila! You’ve made a tea towel! Easy Huh?
Ok so the next step is to print your patten. On your piece of paper draw a nice picture, something big will be a lot easier for you to print than anything with little faffy bits. Cut the stencil out using your craft knife. Place your tea towel on your cardboard (because the paint will destroy your table) and place your stencil on your tea towel.
Either mix your own colour paint using a mixture of colours or choose the paint you want. Lightly dip your sponge in the paint and dab it onto your stencil until all the gaps are filled. Your printing will look nice and homemade. That’s fine, but if you do want cleaner edges then you need to use a silk screen. Remove the stencil and you are done!
Most paints will require you to dry and iron your lovely new design in so it doesn’t come off in the washing machine but other than that you’re ready to go, and if you must, really must do the housework, at least you can do it while admiring your gorgeous new crafting skills.