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I decided to do this quick project to create super cute flour sack designs. Simple shapes were made and used on these flour sack towels that could then be used for the kitchen.
Inspiration used for our designs
Since it’s the summertime I wanted to design fun colorful graphics that depicted the mood of the season for these super cute flour sack designs. There are so many fun icons that I was on love with the following ideas: In my post I focused on the top three icons to keep it fun and colorful for summer.
- Sand dollars
Designs for our flour sack towels
I designed my elements right in my computer. Once I was happy with my shapes and icons, I then converted my files into My Silhouette Cameo machine and in order to prepare my icons to cut stencils.
Pro tip: when designing your elements use simple but recognizable shapes. These are easier to cut into stencils or stamps.
Lemon Stencil Flour Sack towel
- After Cutting out your stencil using adhesive backed stencil material, lay stencil in desired position.
- Choose paint colors- I used lemon yellow & Vermillion to give me a blended look
- I Tried Mod Podge on the edges of these stencils to prevent paint bleed and it worked! dab some on, let dry then sponge the paint on top it makes a barrier
- Use a tweezer, and pull up stencil
- Repeat the process to create the stenciled layout you desire.
Radish Stenciled Flour Sack Tea Towel
My next stencil was a radish, I loved the idea of really using two colors for this stencil! The stencil itself can be used in a few ways, I used this part to give it more of a stamp look.
- Lay out your Stencil, I flipped them so that the green leaves would line up for an extra design affect.
- Colors I used were: leaves- Titanium white, Viridian Radish- Titanium white, Crimson red
Sand Dollar Flour Sack Tea Towel
To keep to my Summer theme, my third stenciled flour sack tea towel, I decided on Something beachy. The sand dollar icon was a perfect choice!
- Using the same blending technique I used two like colors and white and blended them for a batik look. Loved how this turned out!
- Colors used: Titanium white, Ultramarine blue, viridian- Using the white, can lighten the colors and help blend the colors together.
Technique for blending colors
When blending colors there are a few tips
- Choose like colors so that you don’t end up with brown
- White is a great blender of colors
- Dab dark color sparingly, then use lighter color and blend into darker color
- Check out my Tik Tok Video below and you can see how I blend.
FREE STENCIL DOWNLOADS
Yep! you heard that right! Keep checking out my process and at the end you can download the stencils I used for these Super Cute Flour Sack Designs!
TIK TOK VIDEO
Supplies for our flour sack towels
You can purchase a pack of Flour sack towels from Amazon. I like to wash mine before I design on them. This will take off any residue, and sizing ( will shrink to size). I then ironed them so that they were ready to go!
- Flour Sack towels
- Silhouette Stencil Material Sheets – Adhesive
- Acrylic paint/ fabric paint
- Sponge brush
Steps on how to make super cute flour sack designs
Once I have my stencil ready to go, I figure out the layout I want. You can do a a few different design layouts:
- Allover stencil print
- Border on the edges
- Centered single stamped image,
- Any layout you decide on!
Stenciling designs on flour sack towels
- Buy stencils- Amazon has a great selection, or even Etsy.
- Create your own stencils- Like I did
- Cut your stencils using your Cameo Silhouette machine
- Adhere your stencil design with a little spray adhesive, then dab paint onto your fabric.
- Acrylic paint– or fabric paint
- Sponge brush
- Iron– to set your dry painted stamp onto your fabric
For this project, a stencil was going to give me my desired look. Make sure that your stencil has an adhesive backing to stick onto the fabric before you dab your paint on. A few pointers:
- Do not add water to your paint- this will make it bleed
- Try some mod podge around the stencil edge to prevent bleeding
- Once complete, remove stencil and then oron RY paint to set the color onto your fabric.
Additional techniques for designing Four sack towels
I used the stamp method on these, however there are definitely additional techniques that you can try when designing your Flour sack towels.
- Stamps– you cut or buy a stamps and dab on your paint onto your fabric. if you are making your own you can use the Silhouette KIT-STAMP
- Heat transfer– either make or buy your transfers, heat with an iron to transfer the image onto your fabric.
- Embroidery– decide on your design and with a pencil draw your guide and hand embroider.
- Screen printing– similar concept to stenciling however you use a screen to squeegee your paint on to give a more professional look.
- Mixed media– you can take a few techniques and do a combo of these on your fabric. For example- hand stamp and image, then embroider a running stitch around it to add dimension.
Heat transfer designs
You can easily buy heat transfer designs- Etsy is a great resource for this. If you are making your own, you need to do the following:
- A design that is flipped backwards
- Heat transfer paper
- Iron– if you don’t have the below!
- Heat transfer press– I am eyeing this one for myself
Make sure your image is flipped backwards so that when you place it down on your fabric it will be ironed on right side up. Once you print on heat transfer paper, cut any excess blank paper. You want to only transfer the image and not the glue from the excess paper. Use either a hot iron or a het press to heat your transfer onto your fabric.
You can design your own, or find an image that you would like to use, If you have a glass table the best way is to shine a light under this, then place your image right side up under your fabric and lightly trace with a pencil your design for a guide. You can also tape to a glass door or window, this will do the trick!
Check out these related posts! Once you draw your guide, use a simple running stitch to create your embroidered design. You can check out these posts I did using this technique:
Cute flour sack towels
I know not everyone has the time, patience or desire to create their own flour sack designs. So I always try to add an option in my posts of ready made items that can be purchased as well. See below for a cute selection of flour sack towels that will brighten any kitchen!