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Made by Me Monday – Spoonflower Tea Towels {a mini tutorial}

2014 January 13

I’m posting a project that I’ve been working on since November! My monthly sewing group (the Material Girls) decided to join me in making tea towels with our kids’ artwork on them. We all used them as Christmas gifts for aunts and grandmothers – and of course I kept a set for me! I think I saw this idea a few years ago – when Spoonflower was just a baby – oh how fast they have grown up! I’ve been meaning to try it, but never remembered until the last minute. If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower you can learn more in my DIY Canvas Art tutorial post.

Working with Spoonflower is pretty simple. You scan in your drawing, colour-correct it, re-size it and upload it to your Spoonflower Studio. There are lots of tutorials on how to do this, so I’m not going to go into all the details here. And that is why I have named this a “mini” tutorial and not a full one! When you are printing these, get them made in linen-cotton canvas. When you recieve them they will be a bit stiff. But I used this to my advantage when hemming them and then washed them up. They are much softer and I am assured that they will become nicer with each wash.

I thought it would be helpful to include the template for sizing (below) that I used when I was working everything out. 1 yard of linen-cotton canvas is 54″ wide (selvage to selvage) and 36″ high. This will fit 4 good sized tea towels – as you can see below. Each tea towel is 27″ x 18″ un-hemmed. I put a 3/4″ border on each of my tea towels (like Emma has done here) so it is easy to cut the tea towels apart and also easy to hem them, because you have the line already there. If you want to add the border, reference the smaller size, and make your visible area 25.5″ x 16.5″. When the tea towel front is designed you can add the coloured border to make the final tea towel 27″ x 18″. The other nice thing about Spoonflower is that you can order only one fat quarter tea towel or multiple yards with 4 towels on each.

Christmas tea towel gifts are great – but what about Valentines’ gifts, Birthdays, Anniversaries… and having the kids involved makes it a lot of fun. They were so proud that their artwork was important enough to be printed and given to everyone! I am not sure my tea towels will ever dry a dish. I am far too sentimental and don’t want them to get ruined. Though, if they do get stained (because I think the kids would love for me to use them), I can always order more!

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  1. Laura permalink
    January 13, 2014

    This was the best idea ever! The grandmothers loved ours and I’ve been telling everybody about Spoonflower! I can’t wait to try it again in a different fabric.

    • January 15, 2014

      I’m so glad they liked it Laura! They went over really well with my families too. I’m a tad addicted to Spoonflower projects – everything seems to need a bit of custom printed fabric!

  2. Leanne permalink
    January 14, 2014

    They turned out so cute! What a wonderful (and useful) keepsake!

    • January 15, 2014

      Thanks Leanne :) I think I’m going to have to put them to use – the girls will love seeing them in the kitchen!

  3. mom permalink
    January 14, 2014

    I only have one problem with these SO neat towels. I can’t use them! They must be kept for display! :) They are so cute. Thank you for my set!

    • January 15, 2014

      Ha! So true! If they get ruined I’ll make you some more :)

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