How To Print A Tea Towel – A Fun And Easy Way To Decorate with Pad Printing

hand made tea towel
Handprint a tea towel

We will show you how to print your own personalised tea towel. The easy way or the hard but fun way.

What is a Tea Towel?

A tea towel is made from either cotton or linen to produce a soft cloth, with decorations being either woven or printed.

Tea towels are currently used in the kitchen for various purposes, like wrapping baked products, decorating a coffee table, keeping wet dishes clean and using them as hot pads, among other uses.

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Design your Own?

If you want to own a unique and wonderful kitchen accessory, you might want to consider decorating a tea towel with your own personal design. Either have us print it for you or read on, as we will show you how you can do it yourself.

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How to do Pad Printing on a Tea Towel

1. Sketch the design you want to print
Preferably, think about printing simple geometric designs. Shapes like ovals, circles, triangles or printing alphabet letters and numbers. After you have decided on the final appearance, you can start sketching the designs directly onto the tea towel.

2. Design the stamps based on your sketch
Using felt/foam erasers, make the stamps or designs you want on your tea towel. Make several designs like circles, ovals, triangles and squares. Make a printing block, preferably an even piece of timber and glue your erasers in place, taking into consideration the already sketched design. The erasers can be made perfectly if you want organic shapes like circles.

3. Choose your colour
Decide on the colours to use and to paint your stamps. Based on the colours you have decided to use on your sketch, apply the colours on the stamping block using a roll. Try your best to make the colours in your stamp block even!

4. Print your tea towel
Attach your towel to a surface using masking tape to avoid wrinkling. With your stamp ready, place it into position and press. When printing, refer to your sketch to make sure you follow the pattern to match the design you targeted.

5. Dry your painted tea towel and iron
After painting your towel, let it dry for about one day. Then iron it so the paint will stick permanently. Avoid direct contact between the hot iron surface and the paint by putting an extra fabric between them.

Then the towel is ready for use and you can be proud to have a beautiful personally painted tea towel. You can also make several towels in different designs for your kitchen.

Now, if that sounds too hard and messy, there is an easy way. Create your design and send it to us to print it for you.

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