Who is ready for spring because I know that I sure am! This week’s post is a fun one. I made four DIY spring flour sack towels that I’m using to add some spring décor throughout my home.
I painted each of the flower designs and made them available to download for free. All you need to complete this project are flour sack towels, fabric transfer paper, an inkjet printer, some scissors and an iron.
I’m also super excited that this project is part of the 2020 spring home tour which features 28 amazing blogger projects just in time for spring. Read more about the spring tour and get the full tutorial for these pretty towels below.
DIY Spring Flowers Flour Sack Towels
Spring flowers always make me so happy. After a long winter all I want is some fresh air and when I see the first signs of spring flowers I can’t help but smile.
I wanted to add some color and spring décor to my home so I painted some flowers, scanned them in and then printed them on fabric transfer paper to make four spring towels. I went with some of my favorites including tulips, lavender, daisies and lilac.
The flour sack towels are great. Not only are they a good size (28″x28″) but they are super absorbent. They’re also 100% cotton which makes them an ideal material for fabric transfers.
I used these towels and this transfer paper. On a per towel basis the materials added up to $2.39 per towel.
I love how versatile the flour sack towels are. They are great for the kitchen as dish towels or hand towels for the bathroom. I even put one on my bar cart in my dining room.
Now lets talk about how to make these towels! Seriously they are so easy AND they look like they are store bought. For under $2.50 a piece you can’t beat it!
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How to Make DIY Spring Flour Sack Towels
Tips for Success
- Only use an inkjet printer. The transfer paper does not work with laser printers.
- Cut as close to the border of the image as you can. The paper leaves a little film in the areas where there is no color so you’ll want to avoid as much of that as possible
- Wash your towels before you add the designs.
- Make sure that you are NOT using the steam setting on your iron. Steam ruins the transfer paper.
- Use the highest setting on your iron (typically the cotton or linen setting).
- Place a pillow case down on a hard surface so that you have a solid surface below your towel. Ironing boards often have a lot of padding and are too squishy to allow good adherence. I placed a piece of plywood inside a pillow case and ironed on top of that (see below).
Step 1 – Iron the towel
Iron the Flour Sack Towels to remove as many wrinkles as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make sure that you have a nice flat surface where your image will go.
Step 2 – Locate & mark the center
Mark the center of the towel so that your image will be perfectly centered on the towel. I used a measuring tape and one of my weeding tools to tentatively mark the center line. One thing that I noticed is that the towels aren’t exactly the same size so the center line was off by anywhere from 1/8″ to 1/4″ depending on the towel that I used. This is probably due to shrinkage/stretching.
Step 3 – Print the design
Use an inkjet printer and Iron on Transfer Paper to print the images.
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This design is for personal use only. You can print as many as you want to give to your loved ones but under no circumstances should you resell or distribute the file as your own design.
Note that the files are backwards (meaning that the text is mirrored). This is how you want to print it for iron on transfers.
Step 4 – Cut out the design and position it on the towel
Next you’ll want to cut out the design and position it centered on the towel. I designed the flowers with a thin black border so that it would be very easy to cut close to the edge. For the text you can just cut around the perimeter and leave the space between the words.
Here is what it looked like after I cut out the flower and the text.
Then I placed it face down on the towel where I wanted it positioned.
Step 5 – Iron the design to the towel
Use an iron directly on the transfer paper to transfer the image from the paper to the towel. Be sure to push down on the iron without moving it for 10-15 seconds. Pick up the iron and set it back down as needed to cover the entire image. I set my iron on the cotton setting which is the highest setting.
Step 6 – Peel off the paper backing
The last step is to peel the backing paper off of the the image. Let it cool for at least 2 minutes and then peel it off. It came off very easily for me. Peel it off slowly and if there are any spots where the image did not transfer, iron those again as needed. That’s it! you can use your towels right away. The only recommendation is that you don’t wash them for at least 24 hours.
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Which towel is your favorite? Mine is the daisy!
I love this idea! The towels that you made are lovely, and mine need some sprucing right now, so this is right on time. Thank you, Hannah!
I just love them! So perfect for Spring!
Thanks Deb. 😊
What a fun way to bring sping into your home, Hannah! These flour sack towels are so cute. Thanks for the step by step guide and making it super easy to create a set for our house too! Hugs, CoCo
Sure thing CoCo. Thanks for stopping by!
I love your towels.
This is definitely something I would do – I’ve made a few projects using iron ons. My favorites are wine sacks. It’s fun to personalize them when we are going to someone’s house for dinner.
I’ll have to give wine sacks a try. That would make a great gift.
These towels are super cute! I just bought some flour sack towels not too long ago at a thrift sale. I’ll have to do this with them! Thanks for the inspiration!
No problem Michelle. Thanks for stopping by.
This is just the cutest idea! Perfect for spring!
Those are absolutely beautiful!! Pinned.
Thanks for pinning Joanne.
These would be such a great gift idea! I thought you painted the cute flowers on. The iron on transfer seems easy. Thanks for sharing!
I agree. They would be great gifts. Nope, all you have to do is print and iron on. I’ve done the hard work for you. 😉
Your artwork is so pretty and the prints look great on the tea towels! Pinned. I’m now following you on Instagram. Visiting from Create Bake Grow Gather party.
Thanks so much Allyson.
These are so pretty. I’m going to pin this for later when I can go to Hobby Lobby and get the transfer paper. I can’t wait to have these in my kitchen!
Thanks Julie. I posted some links from Amazon if you want to order online. Thanks for stopping by!
Danya | Just Another Farmhouse
What a great idea Hannah! these are adorable and perfect for Spring!!
Thanks Danya. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but to my surprise they turned out great!
These are perfect! What a great idea!
Oh thank you! 🙂
This is all so perfect for spring. Thank you for sharing.
Love these, Hannah! SO pretty! And your printables are just so spring-y too! Thanks for sharing the tutorial AND the printable! So fun to be touring with you!
Thanks Julie! I loved your spring wreath. I agree, so much fun to be touring with you.
These are so cute, and perfect for Spring!
Thanks Laura. They were such a fun spring project.
Hello Hannah! These flour sack towels are just absolutely adorable, perfect for Spring! Thanks so much for sharing how to make them! 🙂
Thanks DeeDee. 🙂
Love it, such a simple way to add a little bit of spring cheer! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, and good health to you and yours!
Thanks for the comment and thanks for hosting craft schooling Sunday! See you next week. 🙂
These are so pretty! What a great project to lift your spirit while we are all social distancing.
Thanks Donna. It was such a fun project.
I made recipe tea towels with the same concept to preserve heirloom recipes. These are so beautiful, useful, great gift idea, and turned out great! Thanks for sharing.
What a great idea to put family recipes on towels. I just love that!
Your towels are beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.
Thank you Ann.
These are just the cutest flour sack towels. I love the designs and they sure would make beautiful housewarming gifts!
Thank you so much for sharing your fun project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!
Thanks for sharing your fun project. I would definitely try this. Just bookmaking your site. So many amazing DIY ideas!
I have never used transfer paper to transfer an image before. I tried mod podge transfer for towels and it was a messy disaster. Thank you for sharing a much better process. Love the towels. Pinned
Thanks Leanna and thanks for pinning!
Hannah, I love this project and so excited to share it this week on Tuesday Turn About. Be sure to stop by and link up with us again!
Thanks Michelle. I’ll be sure to stop by next week!
You’ve been PINKED! Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos. We adore you. http://blog.poinsettiadr.com/2020/04/classy-flamingos-party-97.html
Does this method hold up well to multiple washings without peeling or cracking?
Yes, it actually holds up way better than I had expected. I’ve probably washed my towels 10-15 times each and all but one looks perfect still. The one with the largest image has a little crack in it but it’s still usable.