Heirloom Recipe Dish Towel

4 Materials
15 Minutes
Take an family recipe and preserve the memory and handwriting on a dish towel. I made these for my aunts and uncles using my grandparent's recipes.

First you'll need to either scan or take a photo of your recipe card to make it digital, and crop it to your liking.
You'll need to copy and paste the photo onto a Word Doc or something else of your choice. You'll follow the directions on your iron on transfer paper, mine asked me to flip the image. That was easy as you just drag it across and it flips for you in Word.
I'm using a light colored dish towel so I can use iron on transfer paper for light fabrics. They sell iron on transfers for dark fabrics too - they are different so make sure you get what you need.
Print your image onto the transfer paper by following the printer instructions on the package.
Cut your image out.
I'm using a 100% cotton dish towel. You can find them in packages at Walmart.
Follow your package instructions for your iron settings. Mine said to make sure the steam was off, and turn it to cotton setting.
Wash and dry your fabric to get it ready. Iron your dish towel to get rid of wrinkles.
Place your image on the dish towel where you want it to go.
Iron the transfer onto the dish towel. Follow your transfer paper instructions for length of time.
Let it cool.
Peel off the iron on transfer paper backing.
You're done.
Hang your towel up and enjoy using it, or give it as a gift.

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Suggested materials:
  • Dish towel   (Walmart - 5 pack for $4.38)
  • Iron on transfer paper   (Walmart - 3, 81/2 by 11" sheets for $6.67)
  • Heirloom recipe
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  • Linda Jowers Linda Jowers on May 23, 2017
    Did I miss it, or did you mention if these are washable when finished? If not, still have a few I would like to do, but would like to know if gifting one.

  • Sandy buckner Sandy buckner on Jun 01, 2017
    I love this idea. Could you enlarge the recipe and have a larger image?

  • Mary Jo Janak Patschke Mary Jo Janak Patschke on Dec 04, 2017
    I would like to see some pictures of recipe towels that were finished with edging or something added to it besides the recipe. Is anyone willing to share theirs?

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