DIY Flour Sack Towels That Your Grandma Would Approve Of

Grandma would approve of these DIY farmhouse flour sack towels. A fun craft or an easy gift idea for those that love stenciled tea towels.
DIY Flour Sack Towels That Your Grandma Would Approve Of

I fondly remember the feel of those old-fashioned DIY flour sack towels when I was drying the dishes at Grandma’s house after our Sunday afternoon meals. She had a lot of flour sacks and used them for a lot of different things. I still love and use them today, but I like to give mine a personal touch that matches my farmhouse-style kitchen. Yep, this DIY includes paint and the NEW FALL COLORS from Dixie Belle Paint Co.

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Where To Purchase Flour Sack Towels

Grandma made her kitchen towels from actual flour sacks. Thus the name flour sack towels. But now, you can purchase them at local stores like Walmart or even online. Depending on how many you are buying, the cost of one is about $1 each.

Anytime I need a quick house gift idea, I grab a towel; in literally minutes, I have a cute gift. Who couldn’t use another kitchen towel? I can create several charming DIY stenciled designs on them with the help of my silkscreen stencils and be out the door with a gift in hand, and no one will ever know I just whipped it up the hour before. Well, except you and me. πŸ˜‰

Grandma made her kitchen towels from actual flour sacks. Thus the name flour sack towels. But now, you can purchase them at local stores like Walmart or even online. Depending on how many you are buying, the cost of one is about $1 each.

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Fall Color Inspiration Kitchen Towels

For this DIY project, you’ll want a flat surface to work on. I used my kitchen countertop but be mindful that the paint will soak through the flour sacks in some areas. It depends on how much paint is applied, and you’ll want to use a minimal amount to prevent bleeding under the stencil. I’ll take about that later on.

For this DIY project, you'll want a flat surface to work on. I used my kitchen countertop but be mindful that the paint can soak through the flour sacks in some areas. It depends on how much paint is applied, and you'll want to use a minimal amount to prevent bleeding under the stencil. Learn how to make your own DIY flour sack towels on the blog.

STEP 1

Wash and iron the flour sack towels before stenciling for best results.

STEP 2 Sticky Side Down

Remove the silk screen stencil backing (save for later) and place the sticky side down on the flour sack towel. I like to use painter’s tape to add a border around the stencil to protect the fabric from runaway paint. Yeah, it’s a thing. I’m notoriously sloppy at times, and Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint is hard to remove from fabric once it’s dried. CLICK HERE to learn how I remove dried paint from clothing.

Remove the silk screen stencil backing (save for later) and place the sticky side down on the flour sack towel. I like to use painter's tape to add a border around the stencil to protect the fabric from runaway paint.

STEP 3 Easy On The Paint

Choose your favorite Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint color and add a small amount of paint on the thing-a-ma-jig or the squeegee hand applicator that comes in the silkscreen package and gently drag across the stencil. Remove any excess paint from the stencil.

This type of stenciling takes minimal paint, and if you apply it too thick, the color will bleed under the stencil, and you won’t be happy. Treat it just like you would any other stencil project. Less is more.

Choose your favorite Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint color and add a small amount of paint on the thing-a-ma-jig or the squeegee hand applicator that comes in the silkscreen package and gently drag across the stencil. Remove any excess from the stencil before removing the stencil from the fabric. Instant DIY flour sack towels. So CUTE!

STEP 4 Removing The Stencil From The Flour Sack Towel

Immediately remove the stencil from the flour sack towel, careful not to drag it across your beautiful white towel. Yeah, I messed the first one up. It’s going to happen. Better me than you!

Immediately remove the stencil from the flour sack towel, careful not to drag it across your beautiful white towel. Yeah, I messed the first one up. It's going to happen. Better me than you! Learn how it turned out on the blog.
These DIY flour sack towels turned out super cute! This is a great idea for a last minute gift.

STEP 5

Immediately rinse the silkscreen stencil with water. You can use mild soap and water if you like. Lay the stencil on a flat surface to dry and replace the backing for storage to use another time. Each stencil is reusable up to 10 times.

That’s a lot of flour sack towels!

Immediately rinse the silkscreen stencil with water. You can use mild soap and water if you like. Lay the stencil on a flat surface to dry and replace the backing for storage to use another time. Each stencil is reusable up to 10 times. That's a lot of flour sack towels!

I used these beautiful Fall colors for my DIY flour sack towels and blended the paint over the stencil. It was super easy! You can layer the paint but be super-mindful not to apply too much.

I used some beautiful Fall colors for these DIY flour sack towels and blended the paint over the stencil. It was super easy! You can layer the paint but be super-mindful not to apply too much.
DIY Flour Sack Towels That Your Grandma Would Approve Of
DIY Flour Sack Towels That Your Grandma Would Approve Of
DIY Flour Sack Towels That Your Grandma Would Approve Of
DIY Flour Sack Towels That Your Grandma Would Approve Of... makes a great last minute gift idea.

As I mentioned above, these make great last-minute gifts. Tie a piece of twine around them and run next door and clip a few flowers off of your neighbor’s overgrown garden. 😉

And for your spirit-loving friends, try wrapping the towels around a bottle of wine. Now, guess who gets reinvited to the next dinner party? 😎

Thanks for joining me today. Like this project, or you have an idea to add to this DIY project. Let me hear from you in the comment section. And DON’T forget to check out the BLOG HOP below for more inspiration.

Until the next project… xo, Do

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16 Comments

  • Oh Do, I just love this project so much. It is perfect to make for gifts for family and friends. I am definitely going to make some for Christmas gifts. I did not know you could buy plain flour sacks online. I am going to snag some of them too.

  • Great jobβ€” I love these so much, Do! Gorgeous gift idea! Pinning this one so I don’t lose it!

  • Omgoodness, these towels are the cutest!! This will most definitely be on my list of gifts for friends and family this Christmas πŸ™‚ Thanks for the idea! Pinned πŸ™‚

  • I love these! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing, my friend. 😘

  • I adore these towels! Such a great idea Happy Saturday, my friend.

  • Thanks, Renea! Happy Saturday to you as well. It’s beautiful weather here. πŸ™‚

  • Thanks, Wendy! You are more than welcome. So glad you enjoyed the post. πŸ™‚

  • Thanks, Cindy! I have plans to make some with my Mother. I think we will enjoy making them too. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, Leslie! I love making purposeful gifts. I use mine all the time. πŸ™‚

  • Thanks, Tammy! Wouldn’t this make a great girl’s craft night at home party?

  • Love the towels. Does the Dixie Belle paint need to be heat set or anything to make it permanent. And if not how does it hold up being washed?
    Thank you!

  • Hi Sharon! I don’t heat set mine, and they hold up very well. The clothes that I wear when I paint are a great testament. LOL, I’ve ruined many new shirts.

  • This is such a great project! I was just looking for towels and didn’t see anything I liked. So pretty!

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