Have you ever decorated flour sack towels? You know you love ‘em! I see them when I’m vacationing, shopping at gift shops. Of course, I’ve always loved how they look, but never bought any. Recently, while shopping at Walmart, a package of flour sack towels caught my eye, and I couldn’t resist.
Flour Sack Towels
The first thing I did was wash, dry and IRON the flour sack towels. They may be easier to iron if you take them out of the dryer while they’re still slightly damp. I ended up putting mine back in for a steam cycle. Then I folded them and put them in the guest room. That is not a necessary step, it’s just what happens when you’re too busy camping . . .
After careful consideration, I decided that my flour sack towels would show the selvage side of the towel versus the hemmed side. The hemming on the sacks didn’t seem very consistent. Can you see through the towel? I have a mat holding my flour sack in place as I prepare to “ink” it.
DIY Graphic Tank Tops
Maybe I’m addicted to inking fabric projects? I have decorated so, so many tank tops all summer long. Cheap tanks look so much nicer after you decorate them!
Apply Chalk Couture Ink
It really doesn’t get any easier than this folks!
Spread the ink, then remove the transfer!
Allow Ink to Dry
Some designs take more ink, and need a little shot of the hair dryer before removing it from the mat. Because the flour sacks are thin, a little ink is left on the mat. I simply rubbed my hand over the mat, then wiped the ink off my palm. I didn’t want that ink to get on the back of the next flour sack.
Step By Step Inking on Flour Sack Towels
This is how I actually do the inking process. I apply the ink with a small squeegee, then spread it and wipe off the excess with the larger one. Because the ink is a little thin, I work off a paper plate so I don’t drip the ink across my project.
After scraping off the extra ink, I scrape it back into the jar, and I’m ready to remove the transfer.
Overall, I did about 12 towels. Because this one is my favorite, I made two copies of it.
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Heat Set Ink
After the flour sack towels were completely dried, I prepared to heat set them. Heat setting with the Easy Press makes the ink permanent. This can also be done with a household iron.
I find it easiest to do this task on my ironing board. I place an Easy Press Mat under the flour sack towel. Then, I place a piece of parchment paper over the flour sack. As seen in the picture, I set the machine at 320° for 29-30 seconds. After placing the Heat Press onto the flour sack, I simply push the Cricut button and the countdown begins.
Not Shown: After doing the front side, I flip the flour sack over and heat set the back of the towel.
All the towels were laid out on my bed as they were waiting for their turn with the heat press.
Which is your favorite?
I made this awesome Farmhouse Ladder to display the flour sack towels. Check back next week for the easiest DIY directions ever! You can make this ladder!
I think you should save and share this on Pinterest--these make great gifts or craft show products!
Alternative to Inking Flour Sack Towels
Are you intimidated by my project? Maybe you don’t have any Chalk Couture Transfers? You will LOVE this adorable project—Delia Creates shows you how to hand decorate tea towels here.
Which do you like best?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.