Close Up Of Stamped Yellow Dahlia Linoleum Block Printed Tea Towels

Block Printed Tea Towels

Cotton flour sack tea towels are my absolute favorite in the kitchen but they need a bit of pizzazz too.  With the help of some fabric paint and a lino block or stamp, this simple project adds some sunshine to kitchen chores.  For this weekend’s project, grab some materials and make some of your own.  WARNING: printing is addictive.  Soon you will be doing napkins, placemats, table cloths, curtains, clothing….


  • Flour sack tea towels (ironed)
  • Fabric Paint
  • Paint roller / brushes
  • Linoleum block or rubber stamp
  • Old towel and large plastic bag (freezer bags are good, plastic shipping envelope used here)
  • Paint tray (top of a salad box used here)
  • Iron



1.  Mix up your paint colour using fabric paints which are intended to heat set to withstand washing and use.  Roll jus

t a wee bit of paint onto your stamp or block.  A little goes a long, long way but too much paint will make your print gloopy (i.e.: bleed outside of your intended design).

2. Set up your printing area by folding the old towel over a few times and covering it with the plastic bag.  This is so there is a bit of give below the fabric you will be stamping, ensuring a nice even transfer.

3. On a piece of paper or some scrap fabric, do a test print on your bag/towel block to ensure you get the color and the amount of paint needed right.  I didn’t like the double stem on my original design so I adjusted the top before printing the fabric.  Like the results?  Then on to the next step.


4. Time to print your fabric!  Stamp it like you did the paper and set aside to dry.



5. The final step is to heat set your beautiful creations with a dry iron for about 5-10 minutes.  Once that’s done, your tea towel can be used, washed, and dried.


Here is the final design from the linoleum block that I carved (which by the way is also addictive!):



And here is the result from a rubber stamp:



The sunny yellow color is very much a theme for January.  Despite the weather being grey, there is something about a new year / optimism / yellow that connects for me.  Also Citrus Celebration has been a theme now that we have so many amazing citrus fruits in season.  

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
    Kathy, Petticoat JunktionJanuary 21,12

    I love the yellow! Kathy

  2. megan
    meganJanuary 22,12

    Your set up looks like my set up right… It is addictive! I am running a tutorial this afternoon on printing at a baby shower….

    Beautiful yellows. Did you make the large stamp?



  3. pooch purple reign
    pooch purple reignJanuary 22,12

    im loving that sunflower pillow. cute towels too!

  4. Andi S
    Andi SJanuary 23,12

    This is such a great idea to bring in a dash of seasonal color! I love that you can totally customize the look to fit your style. You’re right, it looks like it would be totally addicting!

  5. Kristin
    KristinJanuary 23,12

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Home!

    I love tea towels too, and have several, although I’ve never printed them on my own. Will have to try that for sure!!

  6. Betsy J
    Betsy JJanuary 24,12

    It’s soooo perfect! The yellow is the perfect touch of happy.

  7. Annie B.
    Annie B.January 25,12

    WOW!!! I love your link up! Super cool! And creative!

  8. Aimee
    AimeeJanuary 26,12

    The printed towels are gorgeous! So simple, and so lovely. Another great gift idea!

    • Stevie
      StevieJanuary 26,12

      Thanks, Aimee. Let me know if you try them :)

  9. Tracey
    TraceyJanuary 26,12

    Hi Stevie
    I stumbled across your blog today and boy, am I glad I did!! First off, I want to tell you how excited I am to go and make these dishcloths and also how cool it is that you write for Delish. I photograph for Delish !!!!! Very cool. Keep in touch!

    • Stevie
      StevieJanuary 26,12

      Hi Tracy, so glad to ‘meet’ you! Your photos are stunning.

  10. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.January 27,12

    Oh how cool! I want to try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Michele @ {Primp}
    Michele @ {Primp}January 31,12

    love those flour sack towells–thanks for sharing!

  12. Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
    Liz @ The Brambleberry CottageFebruary 1,12

    That IS a great way to add some sunshine indoors. I love shades of yellow in January, too. It helps to banish the cold-weather blues. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  13. narf7
    narf7April 1,12

    Very pretty and something that I am suruptitiously going to send to my “Art student” daughter who is undertaking a unit in printing at the moment. I have been quaking in fear at the “interesting” print that is going to find it’s way into my home made mothers day present this year and you just made it so that I can be utterly genuine with my delight when I open the purple, orange and black paper to be greeted with one of these lovely prints. Far better these than the gothic steampunk dead frog that I would no doubt receive in its place should I not take matters into my own hands…sigh…the nefarious things we mothers have to do to get what we want eh? ;)

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