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DIY Recipe Tea Towel + MORE Handmade Gift Ideas For Mom!

Recipe tea towel

I can’t believe that Mother’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re stressed about finding that perfect gift for the special women in your life, we’re here to help! Some of the best Mother’s Day gifts I’ve ever received have been simple, handmade gifts that cost very little to make, but were rich in sentimental value. There’s no better feeling than knowing that someone took the time to make special something just for you!

Britta recently came across a this adorable DIY project that I’m sure any mother would love to receive this coming Sunday! With a fabric marker and a little bit of effort, she transformed a simple tea towel into a meaningful piece of kitchen decor.

Britta writes…..

Recipe Tea Towel

To make your “recipe” tea towel, you’ll need:

  • a clean, pressed tea towel
  • a fabric marker (or craft marker suitable for use on fabrics)
  • a favorite handwritten recipe

Recipe Tea Towel

Now, obviously you can just go ahead and free-hand the recipe onto your tea towel, but tracing is MUCH easier and preserves the great character of the original handwriting. I scanned this recipe card that my Mom/Jillee wrote out when she was first married for HER Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls. I darkened the text a bit using a photo editor, and then printed the recipe across two different pages to make it as big as I wanted it.

Recipe Tea Towel

Once you have your recipe blown up and printed out, tape it to the back of the tea towel face-down in your desired location.

Recipe Tea Towel

If the words of the recipe aren’t showing that well through the tea towel, just tape the towel onto a window and use that as your work surface. (I did this and it made things a lot easier!) Trace the recipe onto the tea towel using your fabric marker. It helps to tape up the original recipe card as well so you can reference it while you trace.

Recipe Tea Towel

Once you’ve traced over the recipe, take the towel down from the window and go over any spots that need to be touched up. Allow the ink to dry for a couple of minutes, and you have a beautiful, heartfelt gift that is sure to impress. :-)

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  • Why is it called “the tea towel”? Why isn’t it a dishtowel? …just thinking out loud..my native language is not English and I have not heard that before. Anyway, I just bought those from Ikea C: half cotton, half linen.

    • Wikipedia says that “In 18th century England, a tea towel was a special linen drying cloth used by the mistress of the house to dry her precious and expensive china tea things.” The name just stuck, I guess :-) Here’s the Wikipedia article, if you’re interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel

      • Thanks for that explanation! English IS my native language and I’ve wondered that very same thing!

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  • Love the towel idea. I would probably do this with one of the fonts you can get online. My handwriting is not the best. I love the idea of darkening the writing on some of the old recipes. My mom has a few in her mom (my grandmas) writing which I think are great little treasures. P

  • I love the tea towel idea and plan to do some for my daughter (someday!).
    Just a reminder. Be sure to wash the towel first to remove all the sizing. This will increase the longevity of the ink, Iron well to create a smooth surface before you write. Also, check the directions for your marker. Sometimes manufacturers suggest ironing afterwards to help set the ink.

  • A bit late for Mothering Sunday (the UK inspiration for the US Mother’s Day) but some great ideas that I can do with my grandsons next year. I am always looking for things I can help them do instead of just buying things for their mum.

    • I don’t have any windows that get enough sun, but I do have a glass table and a lamp that fits under that table. This would also make a great bridal gift put favorite recipes on a few towels. like a whole set.

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