The next time you see a great deal on plain kitchen towels, you should snatch them up. (Thank you, Ikea!) Why? Because it's easy to upgrade inexpensive linens with some DIY action. There are tons of ways to dress them up, from paint stamping to embroidery to iron-on appliques. Here are five of our favorite ways to bring new life to plain dish rags.
1. Create your own sponge stamps
If you have some cheap kitchen sponges lying around, you have most of the materials you need to make adorable paint-stamped towels. We love this watermelon design , but you could easily create other fruits (think grapes, avocados, apples) or something else entirely (like pizza or doughnuts). Simply trim the sponge into your shape, dip in paint, and stamp away!
2. Use iron-on designs
No sewing experience? No problem! Create cute sayings or add images with iron-on embroidery letters or appliqués. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even create your own designs on iron-on paper. (A die-cutting machine will be your friend here.)
4. Create cool patterns with a sewing machine
You don’t have to be a pro with the sewing machine to make stunning kitchen towels. In fact, if you can sew a straight line, you can make vintage-style tea towels. Don’t forget to switch up the thread color to match your kitchen decor!
4. Embroider them by hand (or machine)
If you have a little more crafting experience, you might be up to creating your own embroidered dish towels. Try a machine embroidered design for more complex designs, or do it by hand for a crafty look.
5. Dress them up with fabric and ric-rac
Put your pile of scrap fabric to good use with this quick project . All you need is a strip of pretty fabric and some ric-rac (if you choose!) to add a touch of interest to boring kitchen towels. If you’re feeling particularly inspired, you could even make matching napkins or a table runner.