DIY Kitchen Towels

DIY Kitchen Towels

These easy to make diy kitchen towels are an inexpensive gift you can personalize in so many unique ways.

DIY Kitchen Towels

Last Christmas, I made some kitchen towels for my mom personalized with my grandmother’s handwritten recipes. It’s become a very popular post here, especially around gift giving holidays. As I was creating my recent gift guides for The Baker and The Wine Lover, I found many personalized kitchen towels you could buy as gifts and of course thought – I could really make some.

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DIY Kitchen Towels Supplies:

  • Plain kitchen towels – I like flour sack towels, whatever you choose should be very smooth material.
  • Fabric Paint – I prefer matte finish.
  • Small craft paint brush (I found a firm bristle works well)
  • Stencil(s)
  • Cardboard – or other barrier to keep paint from bleeding through

I had flour sack tea towels left over from my last project. Mine were really large, so I cut them in half for this project and sewed the raw edge with a simple straight stitch.

After that I created my stencils on my Silhouette Cameo. These all came from outlines I found through simple searches and then I added “cheers” to my wine glass and “let’s bake” to my whisk. For the monogram, I just combined a scalloped circle with a simple “H”, because we all know I can’t resist a monogram! I used contact paper to cut my stencil on.

I folded my towel how I normally would to figure out which area I wanted to stencil on. Then I placed my stencil, making sure to press around the edges to “seal” it down.


I put a piece of cardboard underneath the first layer and started painting a thin but fully covering coat of  fabric paint. After the paint was mostly dry to the touch but not quite fully dry, I removed the stencil. After hanging up and letting dry fully I washed them per the directions on the fabric paint.

DIY Kitchen Towels

I’m really happy with how these turned out, so simple and easy to do and there are so many different ways they can be personalized to fit your interests or those of your gift-ee!


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