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Hi all! Ever need a quick gift for friends or family? I love DIY-ing gifts at the drop of a hat. I have a trip coming up and made a DIY monogramed flour sack towel for my hostess because who doesn’t love a monogramed gift? These towels are a cinch to make and look great when completed! Let’s get started.
- Flour Sack Towel
- Fabric Markers
- Access to design software (I used Microsoft Word)
- Internet access
- Card stock
- Ironing Board
To start, heat up the iron to the cotton setting. If your iron doesn’t have fabric settings, start with low heat and gradually increase it as needed.
Next, create the design for your towel. I like to use Microsoft Word, but feel free to use any program that you are familiar with to create your design. I searched Google for royalty free images to use in my design, then used Word to create the text.
After you are satisfied with your design, print it on cardstock. Cardstock is thicker than paper and will hold up better if the fabric marker bleeds through. You can use printer paper if you are in a pinch.
Before you can begin tracing your image on the flour sack towel, you will need to iron it. Take your time and get all of the wrinkles out so that your design will come out as intended.
Center your design under your towel, using a ruler. Then trace it onto the towel using the fabric marker(s) of your choice. This part can be a bit tricky and take practice. Make sure you hold the fabric taut and work in one direction. Lightly trace the design on the fabric and go over it multiple times to get the darkness desired. I would recommend you do a trial run first.
Once finished, iron your towel again. This part is important to help your fabric marker set on the fabric. It also helps tremendously with presentation. Make sure to complete your project at least 3 days before use to allow the marker plenty of time to set and dry before it gets wet.
- Practice first to see what techniques will work the best for your specific towels. Mine worked best when I used a light touch and traced it multiple times.
- Make sure to hold the fabric taunt to avoid problems when tracing.
That’s it! Now enjoy your monogramed flour sack towel, or enjoy the look on your friends’ face as they receive it!