DIY Grain Sack Stripe Towels
Yesssss! That’s the sound your bank account made a couple of months ago after recovering from all the holiday spending. (If your bank account could talk of course)
But wait, what’s this? Staring at the calendar, you suddenly realize Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up, there are Easter baskets to fill, and you just got a bridal shower invitation from Susie. Don’t forget Mother’s Day!
It’s enough to make you break out into a gift-giving sweat. Especially when you count up all the teachers Billy has. You could just phone it in with a Starbucks card. As a former teacher, I can tell you gift cards are highly coveted and appreciated, but even if you purchase a $5 card for each teacher, this can add up pretty quickly.
What if I told you it’s possible to whip up a handmade gift that would be enjoyed longer than a momentary mocha?
What if I told you it wasn’t necessary to spend hours on Pinterest to find a handmade gift idea?
What if I told you this handmade gift has farmhouse style, and you can create 5 of them for under $10?
If that statement put a smile on your face, then you’ve landed in the right place.
Gather round sweet friends because we’re going to make a few DIY grain sack stripe towels.
Are you ready to enter the Gift Givers Hall of Fame?
Let’s Do This
The inspiration for this project came from the book I shared with you last month titled A Touch Of Farmhouse Charm by Liz Fourez.
If you’re keeping track, this is the first project I decided to make from said book.
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Here’s what you will need.
That’s it. Yes, you read this correctly.
Here’s the five pack of flour sack towels I purchased from WalMart. I love the texture and weight of these towels. The best part is the price tag, $4.43.
Trial and Error
Since I knew I had five towels to play around with, I purchased three different colors, warm buff, timeless gray, and deep navy. I wanted neutrals that would work for almost anyone’s decor. I realize navy might not work for everyone, but when you think of grain sack stripes, blue is usually the first color that comes to mind. 🙂 It’s a classic look.
I purchased multi-surface paints because according to the label, they can be used on many surfaces including fabric. These small bottles were only .87 a piece. If you opt for a regular acrylic craft paint, you will need to add a fabric medium to make your stripes permanent and washable.
If you are like me, you probably have a few of those little plastic medicine cups tucked away. Well, it turns out they are the perfect size for small amounts of paint.
I spent a
fair amount entirely too much time looking at grain sack stripe patterns on Pinterest. The possibilities are endless. After playing around with a couple of combinations, the one in this photo turned out to be my favorite. I like the mixture of wider and thinner stripes together.
3 Important Tips
First, be sure to have a drop cloth, cardboard, or wax paper underneath your towel. They are very thin, and the paint will seep through in some spots.
Second, make sure to firmly press the edges of your tape down, just like you would for any other paint project to make sure your paint doesn’t seep underneath.
Third, remove the tape immediately after painting. Hold the edge of the towel firmly with one hand while you pull the tape off.
Okay, here’s one more tip, use a light hand when brushing the paint on to avoid pushing the paint under the edges of the tape.
Now all you need to do is lay them out to dry! It’s really that simple.
I honestly wasn’t a fan of the deep navy color until I put them next to this plate that my dad brought back from Japan to give to my grandmother. 🙂
As you can see, you could use these as powder room hand towels or in a kitchen, which makes them a versatile gift.
Here they are lined up in a farmhouse row!
You can have 5 of the DIY grain sack stripe towels completed in just an afternoon or evening.
Five pack flour sack towels $4.43
3 bottles multi-surface paint .87 x 3= $2.61
Total spent, $7.04 (tax not included)
Cost per towel, $1.40ish. Yesssssss!!!!!!
The painter’s tape and brushes were supplies I already had on hand.
This was a fun, no stress project which I desperately needed after working two straight weeks on my $100 master bathroom makeover.
Don’t you just love receiving something handmade that looks like it took all the many hours to create?
I know I do.
I’m thinking of stockpiling these in preparation for all gift giving occasions, and I need a few for myself.
Ten on the 10th!
You just read this month’s installment of the Ten on the 10th Challenge. It truly is a “challenge” to come up with an idea or a project under $10, but I have had fun each month creating something to fit the bill.
I hope you will take the time to see what ideas my friends are sharing.
Just click on the links below.
And now, it’s time for me to congratulate you for making it to the end of this post.
I just can’t seem to say anything about any subject in under 1000 words, so I raise my coffee cup to you if you are still here. Thank you!
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As always, I remain…
Your sister in paint,