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Hello! Mother’s Day is this weekend, so here’s a little handmade idea for that special lady. Inspired by Denise’s printable design, I created a tea towel for a Mother’s Day brunch or breakfast in bed! Here’s the instructions:

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Gather your materials:

  • Tea Towel (I bought a pack of five flour sack towels for $5!)
  • Ruler
  • Tape (I used artist’s tape, but painter’s tape should work well.)
  • Fabric Paint (I found that the Tulip brand worked best, as it it’s a little thinner and easier to manage.)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Fabric Marker (Again, I prefer the Tulip brand.)

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1. Tape the towel to a flat surface. Remember that the paint will most likely soak through, so make sure to use a washable surface or place cardboard behind the towel. Then, tape off the area you wish to paint. I measured 4″ from the bottom of the towel and 3 1/2″ from the seam. To protect the seam, I taped it off as well.

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2. Start painting! I tried not to over-think it. I found that it worked best to add a small splotch of white paint with the tip of the paint bottle and then add a very small amount of either pink or yellow (our choices based on the design). Then, I used the paint brush to swirl them together on the fabric. This approach seemed to give the paint a sort of watercolor-like look, which is a great effect. Let dry for about an hour.

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3. Add a background color. This was a little tricky. I mixed white and a blue together on a scrap piece of paper to get this beautiful shade. I added a little bit of water to the brush to get more of a watercolor look. Let dry.

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4. I used the other end of the paintbrush to get these lovely little circles!

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5. After everything dried, I experimented a little with the paint and markers. I found that this black fabric marker worked best for the line work of these daises and roses. It’s not perfect, but I really love the look of it!

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There you have it! However, as I love to crochet, I added a simple border. You can find the pattern and tutorial here at One Sheepish Girl. (I love LOVE her patterns!)

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Check back to see how Sharleen puts everything together for Mother’s Day! Enjoy!

Salute, Cassie