DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Towels

Farmhouse decorating is all the rage, thanks to shows like Fixer-Upper.  I’m a country girl so I’ve always loved things a little rustic, and a little chippy.   These cute farmhouse flour sack towels are the perfect way to add a little country to your kitchen.

 

All you need for this project is an ink-jet printer and a cute southern saying or graphic.  I got one of mine from a simple image search on google.  The others I created on Microsoft Word.  You can also get some amazing free graphics from The Graphics Fairy

Once the image is created, you’ll need to flip it horizontally so that it is a mirror image.  There are a few ways to do this.  If you create your own graphic, you need to put it in a text box.  You can remove the outline by right clicking the box, click on format shape, go down to line color and select no line.  If you import an image, you won’t need to do a text box.

Click on the image or text box which should bring up the drawing tools or picture menu.  Select format from the top ribbon and then click on rotate.  Choose flip horizontally and your image should be reversed.

DIY Farmhouse Towels

 

Ok, here is the magic part…cut a piece of freezer paper to the size of a piece of cardstock.  Use spray adhesive or a glue stick to adhere it to the paper with the waxy side up.  Make sure to get the edges down so they lay flat.  Smooth it out and load into the machine so that the image will print on the freezer paper.

DIY Kitchen Towels

After it prints, the ink will be very wet so be careful not to smudge it.  Very carefully, lay the image face down on the towel.  Once they touch, nothing can be moved so be sure you have it where you want it.  Now, hold the paper with one hand and rub over the image.   I used the edge of a ruler.  This will transfer the ink to the fabric.

The image will not be as dark as the original, but I think that adds to the charm of the towels.

I haven’t washed my towels yet, so I’m not really sure how well they will stand up.  Plus, my family knows these are only decorative and not for real use.

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