Tea Towels with Custom Spoonflower Fabric

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I’m a little behind on this, but I decided to make the recipe tea towels for Mother’s Day. In February I went to Texas to visit my Grandmother and one afternoon we looked through a bunch of her and her Granny’s recipes. There were some old favorites like Cherry Mash Candy, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Peanut Butter Balls which are a Christmas tradition, and Twinkie Cake. There were also some things I have never had like Fresh Apple Cake and Mince Pie. (Not sure about that mince pie…)
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So I picked some of my family’s favorites and took them home to scan and send on to Spoonflower. I followed Spoonflower’s youtube tutorial for tea towels to a T. They are great instructions!

First I scanned the recipes in as jpgs. You can see they are yellowed and have some water damage. I also had some that have folds and coffee stains. These are well-loved recipes!

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In photoshop I erased the backgrounds to remove paper folds and old coffee stains. Some of them I made into black in white so the ink color would’t class with the border color.

Cherry Mash Candy

I made a photoshop document the size of a yard of  Spoonflower’s Linen Cotton Canvas. I could get 4 good size towels out of each yard. So it was 54″ x 36″ and I used 300 DPI so it would be very clear. I made the border an inch all the way around

Cherry Mash tea towel

I can’t express how pleased I am with how crisp and clear the writing came out on the fabric. The largest letters are about a 1″ tall!

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I would say the hardest part of this was trying to cut all of the little towels out of 3 yards of fabric evenly. Also, I could never seem to get the wrinkles out with pressing, but I am sure as they soften over time with washing and use.

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After all the trimming and pressing there was more pressing with the edges.

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So I made a bunch of these! I would say I spent the most time pressing and cutting. The sewing actually went really quickly.

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I gave these to family members for Mother’s Day and I think people are a little afraid to use them. The great thing about them is that now I have the recipes scanned forever and I can always get them reprinted. This is my first Spoonflower fabric order and I have to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend them!

 

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