This is one of those fun DIY’s you are gonna wish you had known about sooner. This DIY grain sack tea towel really is 2 projects in one, but they are both so super simple you just might want to transform all of your kitchen towels.
Supplies to Make a Grain Sack Tea Towel
- Plain flour sack tea towel
- rolling pin
- Fabric Medium
- thick rubber bands
- paint of choice
- clothing iron
- parchment paper
- instant coffee
The main ingredient for this grain sack towel DIY is the rolling pin. Really all parts are important but you will be glad you had the rolling pin handy.
Begin by placing your rubber bands around the body of the pin. I layered mine 2 on top of one another, for a total of 6 rubber bands. This will act as your rolling stamp for your paint. I recommend these thick tactical rubber bands I found on Amazon.
Then apply your paint, mixed with your fabric medium. Using a medium mixed with your paint will make it permanent to the fabric.
How can I make a stamp without rubber bands?
You can also purchase a sheet of rubber and cut strips before attaching them to the pin with hot glue. Here is a tutorial on this method if you are interested.
After applying the paint all you have to do is roll your freshly painted stamp across the center of the tea towel, or whatever fabric you decide!
I failed to get a picture of the rolling process but it is pretty self explanatory. You can see the video tutorial on Facebook demonstrating this step.
After your pant had completely dried, cover with parchment paper and heat set with a clothing iron. This ensures proper adhesion to the fabric.
Here is the 2nd bonus DIY.…the coffee stain! It is really as simple as dissolving a cup if instant coffee in hot water and soaking your towel. I allowed mine to soak for about an hour before line drying it in the sun! Try this technique to easily antique fabric, lace, and even paper!
Look at that adorable little ring it left on this DIY grain sack tea towel! I didn’t even plan that but it antiqued beautifully! Check our some more of my favorite coffee stain projects, including my all-time favorite coffee stain recipe!
Look at house beautiful this towel turned out! It reminds me of an old aged American flag or bunting for the 4th of July!