This project was done on a whim and I am very happy with the results. It was quick, easy and is cute!
I started with 5/8 yard of rustic woven cotton (fittingly enough, I chose the color “tea stain”). I cut the fabric into four pieces. A traditional tea towel is much larger (about 18×30), but I have a special purpose in mind for these towels and I wanted them smaller. I originally planned on using plain flour sack or unfolded cloth diapers, but I couldn’t find any that fit the bill.
I put a quick hem in all four sides. Just fold the fabric in on itself twice, press and run a straight stitch.
Okay, once this is done, you have completed the most difficult part. (When I say it is easy, it is ee-zee!) The rest of the supplies- typewriter key rubber stamps, a decorative stamp and a stamp pad suitable for fabric. You will also need a firm surface to back the fabric (I used an old book) and an iron. I also used a bit of tape, then some alcohol and paper toweling to clean up.
I roughly divided the towel into fourths, and decided to put my words into the third section. I placed tape about 2″ in on each side, to help me keep the words centered. I chose my quotes and started stamping.
I didn’t want my lettering to be too perfect. I purposely dropped each “e”, to mimic a real manual typewriter- they all seem to have at least one wonky letter! The “V” was a complete accident, but I like the way it turned out. I stamped it out, then realized that the letter had fallen off and I was stamping the bottom of the post! It kind of reminds me of a letter that has been corrected and re-typed.
After you finish your stamping, remove the tape and use a hot iron to heat set the ink. That’s it! I soak a little bit of paper toweling in rubbing alcohol and stamp everything into that, then onto clean toweling. Cleans like a charm and a lot cheaper than the cleaning pads.
I think they have the feel of an old manuscript. What do you think?
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