Mom’s Vintage Tea Towels

By  Melony Bradley  for  Jacquard Products

Use ink-jet printable cotton fabric and inexpensive natural canvas to create these charming and artsy tea towels.

  • Mom's Vintage Tea Towels
  • Mom's Vintage Tea Towel


  • 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
  • Size
  • 1. Finished size is 16"x28"
  • Towel
  • 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.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use ink-jet printable cotton fabric to create t-shirts for special occasions, memory quilts, personalized tote bags, and more.