Mom’s Vintage Tea Towels


  • Fabric: Canvas Corp. Natural Canvas, 1 yd.; white cotton, 3”-wide, 2 yds.; taupe organza, 3”-wide, 2 yds.
  • Sheer white wire-edged ribbon, 7/8”-wide, 1 yd.
  • The Warm Co. Lite Steam-a-Seam Fusible Web
  • Jacquard Products Ink-Jet Cotton
  • Dark red embroidery floss
  • KaiserCraft Sparklets Embellishments
  • Prima Flower Centers
  • Jeweled brads
  • Black-and-white photos of choice


  • Computer and ink-jet printer with photo-editing software
  • Sewing machine and threads: black, white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Straight pins
  • Jacquard Products iDye Fabric Dye for Natural Fabrics: Gold Ochre, Ecru
  • Aleene’s Adhesives: Fabric Fusion, Liquid Fusion

Basic Supplies

rotary tool and cutting mat, scissors, washing machine, pressing surface and iron, scissors, ruler, pencil, embroidery hoop



  • 1. Finished size is 16”x28”


  • 1. Cut 16”x28” towel from canvas fabric using rotary cutter and mat. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to machine-dye towel in washing machine. When cycle is complete, remove towel from washer and allow to air dry.
  • 2. Canvas will be fringed along bottom edge. Carefully remove any loose strings with scissors; trim fringe to even length. Press towel with warm iron; tri-fold towel.
  • 3. Use photo-editing software to size photo to 3”x4”. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to print photo onto ink-jet printable cotton. Peel off backing. Fuse webbing to back of cotton fabric. Cut photo from sheet with scissors; place on tea towel and fuse in place.
  • 4. Cut 12” length from sheer ribbon and knife pleat entire length. Pin ribbon in place across bottom of towel. Unfold towel and machine-sew ribbon to towel using white thread; trim ends as needed. Sew around photo edges with black thread.
  • 5. To form rosettes, twist one end of cotton or organza strip inward and secure with glue. Forming a spiral shape, continue wrapping ribbon around from inside center and spot glue as needed. When complete, secure end with glue. Use Liquid Fusion to adhere flower center to rosette; let dry.
  • 6. Use pencil to lightly trace desired word onto towel. Place towel in embroidery hoop and backstitch word with three strands red floss; knot floss at back of towel.
  • 7. Adhere rosettes to towel with fabric glue. Use Liquid Fusion to adhere remaining hard embellishments to towel. Let dry completely.


  • 1. Use ink-jet printable cotton fabric to create t-shirts for special occasions, memory quilts, personalized tote bags, and more.
by Melony Bradley for Jacquard Products
Mom's Vintage Tea Towels
Mom's Vintage Tea Towels Mom's Vintage Tea Towel
Mom's Vintage Tea Towel