I love hand towels!
I never thought I would type that ridiculous sentence, but hey. It happens.
My kitchen and dinning room are becoming way more enjoyable to spend time in and it’s the little details I have to thank for that. I love to cook, drink and be merry, what better excuse then that for a hand towel DIY project?
I wanted to start adding to these fine details to get more of an ambiance from a otherwise average room. I also love throwing dinner parties and you could totally use these for dinner party napkins.
I’ve really come to appreciate going over the top with setting the table. I like to polish my silver and put linens out. I like a chalkboard cheese board and two forks (one for the salad and one for the Main dish) I love a water and a wine glass at each seat. I’m not going to lie, I want to be “First Place Host” Does that make me a bad person? Nah.
The setting of the table is one of my favorite things to do when gearing up for a dinner party. Different napkins at each setting (all hand painted) So, just for fun, lets paint our own cotton hand towels! I kept these ones very simple and literal. I just received this beautiful tea set, so I decided to pair up my hand towels with a bonsai stencil to go with an afternoon cup of tea aesthetic.
I’m in love with the way the stencil turned out. It’s so beautiful. Granted, I thought about being really colorful with this one, but the black fabric paint was really popping with the silhouette of the bonsai plant. So, I remained a slightly minimal painter today.
Once you have your first print done, set it off to the side to dry for a minute. You’ll also want to dry your stencil between uses as well. If you print another hand towel with a wet stencil it will smudge your clean fabric and stain it permanently.We’ll be ironing the fabric paint into the towel to set it all the way, but a quick dry of the paint always helps keep it from getting too messy.
Then you will pin that fold down and in a straight line sew with a zigzag stitch right where the edge meets the fabric to keep it clean looking.
The next step is totally optional. I did a decorative stitch along the entire edge of the fabric in a darker color to make it pop. You don’t have to do this, or you could just do a straight stitch in a darker or brighter color. It was a toss up for me. I liked it both ways.
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