Sew: faux French linen dish towels
Take a basic Ikea dish towel and add a little cross-stitch personalization:
Super easy and fast and makes a great birthday gift!
And if the red stripes and $.79 price tag aren't good enough these towels also come complete with a hanging loop!
Now I don't have a hook or drawer knobs in my kitchen but a lot of folks do and they look great hanging:
Or neatly displayed on the oven door handle:
These towels are meant to be used, washed and dried and used again and again, no preserving for heirloom here:
I cross-stitched my sister's last name and her initials:
My favorite is hanging open with the red stripes showing, ready for every day use:
Here's how to sew faux French linen dish towels:
1. Purchase multiple Ikea Tekla dish towels:
wash, dry and cut off the tag:
2. Print out lettering.
I used Home Sweet Home font which is made to look like cross-stitch.
I printed my letters at 80 point then fold both towel and printout in half to find middle:
3. Line up lettering and pin to back of towel.
Place on a light box with towel on top:
4. Using a red ultra fine point Sharpie mark a dot at the intersection of each cross:
5. Remove paper printout and place towel in an embroidery hoop and ready needle with red embroidery floss:
I used this giant ball of red embroidery floss, much like red string:
6. Use the natural weave of the cotton as your guide for the cross-stitch.
I went 4 by 4.
And try to keep all the stitches in the same direction for a unified look.
7. The backside is not too pretty, a few knots are to be expected.
Hot wash and dry again, my red floss didn't bleed a bit:
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