Embellished kitchen towels

Recently I saw a fabulous idea for a craft – embellishing plain kitchen towels with Sharpies! Heather at Setting for Four came up with this super easy, super awesome craft. All you need is some Flour Sack towels, a Sharpie, and whatever image or text you want to copy onto the towel. I printed a few from the Graphics Fairy, but if you’re better than me at Photoshop you can always create your own graphic.

I decided to make two of the towels using a metallic bronze Sharpie. This color is great, and gave my towel a very vintage look.


As Heather explains in her tutorial, you can see through the towel fairly well so it’s easy to follow along.

Here are the two towels I made with the bronze color:

As much as I loved the look, I could only find the bronze color in the regular fine tip marker, not the super fine size, so I was not able to add some of the more detailed elements of the graphic. I did, however have a super fine tipped-Sharpie in black, so I went to town on this towel.

And forty-five minutes later I decided perhaps I’d been overambitious. It took longer than I had planned for, with all the detail and shading, but I do love the finished product.

Here are my three towels:

Now, I must admit, I have about 25 different ideas in mind for these towels. I LOVE how generous they are in size, how soft the cotton is, and truly, the possibilities are endless — pillowcases? cafe curtains? kids’ artwork-embellished towels?

I have a feeling I am going to be buying a ton of Sharpies in the near future. Thank you Heather, for this awesome craft!

6 thoughts on “Embellished kitchen towels

  1. Those turned out fantastic Chicka! What a great idea.
    I have been using flour towels for a long time and love them, now I want to decorate them! Ha.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    1. You totally should, it can be something super simple like just your family monogram or something way too ambitious like my bee/wreath 😀 that’s what I was working on when Steve handed me a huge glass of wine LOL

  2. THESE ARE MAGNIFICENT!!! Oh the ideas floating around, they are so invigorating! I must try this on a PILLOW! How cool would that be???

    MERCI MILLE FOIS my dear, for participating in the Paris party. I will put your name down for the SHOE win!!! BISOUS, Anita

  3. This is fantastic, your towels are so beautiful ! It’s a very fun and creative craft. But what happens when you wash the towels, do you lose the drawing ?

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