Make your own beautiful bakery tea towels to help around the kitchen with this easy DIY stencil tutorial.
This month I joined a fun group of bloggers that shares Silhouette projects every month. Each month there is a theme and this month’s theme was cloth. I knew immediately that I wanted to make some tea towels.
For some reason I can go through my entire drawer of kitchen towels in a couple days. I must be the messiest cook in America (at least that’s what my husband thinks), but I always clean up after myself hence the reason I dirty so many towels. So to ensure I have enough towels to get me through a week, I made these DIY bakery tea towels to share with you today!
You guys know how much I love my Silhouette. It has seriously changed the way I create. I have loads of projects using my Silhouette. I use it to craft everything from stencils to home decor, paper crafts to photo mats, and everything in between.
Typically when I create a stencil for painting, I use vinyl, but when you want to make more than one item, you would have to use a lot of vinyl. I didn’t want to waste all that vinyl or go through the work of making 4 stencils for my 4 tea towels. So instead I made a different kind of stencil, a plastic one that could be reused over and over and over.
Using your Silhouette to cut different materials can be scary, the last thing you want to do is to break it. But I have learned that I will never realize all the amazing things it can cut if I don’t put it to the test, so I experiment with all kinds of things. And after cutting out index dividers for binders for these giant outdoor pinwheels, I knew I could use the same binder dividers to make a stencil. It worked out better than I could have imagined!
Now I am ready to buy up all the plastic binder dividers so I can make stencils for days!
And if you love tea towels as much as I do, you are going to want to check out these DIY tea towels too. They are so pretty and super easy to make.
How to Make DIY Bakery Tea Towels
- Flour sack kitchen towels or other non-textured white kitchen towels
- Plastic binder dividers
- Cut file for stencil
- Subscriber here for access to my library of free downloads to download the design I used for free
- Silhouette cutting machine
- Washi tape or masking tape
- Black fabric paint
- Foam paint pouncer
Before painting fabric, it needs to be washed and dried to remove any residue and allow any shrinking that might happen. Also make sure to wash and dry it without fabric softeners or dryer sheets. These could add a residue to the fabric making it more likely that the paint will wear off. Then iron if needed.
Open the bakery cut file in the Silhouette software. You can download the bakery stencil cut file in my library of free downloads and printables available to my email subscribers (sign up today for access to the library). Size the stencil to fit your towels. My towels were approximately 30″x30″ so I made the stencil 1/3 of the size of the towels.
Set the cut settings for cutting chipboard. I typically set the blade to be one number deeper than the default to ensure a clean cut on the binder divider. Place the binder divider on your cutting mat and cut.
Carefully remove the stencil from the cutting mat (my mat was brand new so it was super sticky and I didn’t want the stencil to stretch so I had to be extra careful). Now you have a plastic stencil.
Position your stencil over your tea towel where you want the design. Secure the stencil with some washi tape or masking tape so it doesn’t move.
Now it’s time for paint. Use a foam paint pouncer to stipple the fabric paint onto the stencil. Be careful to only paint in an up-down motion, not side-to-side to get clean paint lines. I wanted a vintage look so I didn’t make my paint perfectly even.
Once the paint is how you want it. Carefully remove the stencil by lifting it straight up so you don’t smear any paint. Let the paint dry, then iron it with a hot iron to set the paint into the fabric.
Now you can enjoy your new DIY bakery tea towels. I can’t wait to use them to clean up all the crazy messes in my kitchen. And how cute would these be for a gift, maybe for a teacher, or gasp, Christmas (it’s not too soon is it)! You could pair a tea towel or two with a fresh baked goodie, baking mix, or some kitchen utensils. Homemade gifts make me so happy!
For more beautiful cloth projects with your Silhouette, make sure to check out these other projects. These other bloggers are amazingly talented and I need more time so I can make all of their projects too!
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Now I’m off to create something else!