DIY French Label Towel

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a DIY French Label Towel.  I love French decor!  Do you?

DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label

- 1 high quality natural fabric towel

(I use these – you can buy them online here: Now Designs Floursack Towels Set of 6, White)

- A marker like these black markers

- Printout of French Chocolate label – I used the ‘Cacao Payraud’ label from the Graphics Fairy.  There are also many other graphics and labels on this wonderful site to choose from.


Wash and dry the towel.

Place paper of the French graphic under the towel.

Trace the words onto the towel using the marker.

You’re done!

DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
I have washed mine and the printing didn’t disappear or ‘bleed’ at all.  The towels take on a lovely slight faded appearance as the towel fibers move slightly as they are washed.  I use Woolite detergent, since certain detergents containing powerful stain fighters that may cause the print to fade excessively.  I choose to wash mine in cold water but they can be washed in hot water.
DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
DIY Sharpie French Label Towel from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #French #Graphic #Label
See my Turn Kids Art Into Tea Towels post to see how I made towels using my kid’s art!  Great gift idea!
DIY Turn Children's Art Into Tea Towels from Setting for Four #DIY #Tutorial #Gift #Sharpie #Childrens Art #Graphic #Label

 You can also see another DIY Kid’s Art Towel version: Thanksgiving DIY Kids Art Tea Towel.

 Turn Children's Art Into Thanksgiving Tea Towels from Setting for Four #Tea Towel #DIY #Thanksgiving #Kids Art

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  1. says

    Seriously awesome!!! It turned out beautifully! Now I’m thinking of bikes, and music notes and everything else I’ve wanted on a hand towel!

    * If you aren’t tired of linking it, link it to my party that is on Tuesdays (starts on Monday nights).

  2. says

    Wow, what a simple way to transfer an image! Sometimes we make it more difficult than it needs to be.

    Thanks for sharing the source for your grain sack towels. I’ve been looking for these but the only ones I’ve found have a stripe on them already.

    Your kitchen looks lovely – have you shared other photos of it in old posts?

  3. says

    I love this! Found you at Tip Junkie tonight… this is such a simple, beautiful project. I think I might have to try a version with a colored marker and see what it looks like. The black is just classic though. Thanks for sharing this!!

  4. says

    Fantastic idea! I’ll have to give this a try, although I don’t have a very steady hand, hope mine comes out half as good as yours! I’m now folloing

  5. says

    Seriously, cute idea!! Thanks for sharing. Adding this to my list of things to do. lol. Also, thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn

  6. says

    That looks really great! I would love to try that!
    I would also love if you stopped by my linky party to link this up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  7. says

    I had been wondering if this could be a way to transfer an image to a piece of material I want to use as a pillow. Thanks so much for sharing how to do it and doing the ground-breaking testing! I’m pinning this so I won’t forget how to do it. I saw your post over at “The Grant Life”.

  8. says

    Oh I love this! So going to try this soon :)
    Also, what is the fabric you use in the background (the white, grey, & yellow)? its so cute! and I’m looking for something like that to make curtains for my kitchen – thanks!

  9. says

    Love love love these towels. Did you have to ‘fill’ any of the lines in. I would love to make these and am going to try my hand at it. Thanks for sharing the details how. I came over from Sunday Par.tay and so glad I did. I really like your blog. And now I’m following you.


  10. says

    I love it, so easy, so pretty, so frenchy! I will be trying this for sure. I always shy away from doing transfer projects, just won’t do them, but I will do this one. It’s too easy to fail. I really love it. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best. PS – now following you on Facebook!!!!!

  11. says

    This is such a fantastic idea. I would have never thought to do this. Adding to my do list. Oh, this would be a fun addition to my mom’s mothers day present. Thanks so much for the idea and great tutorial. Pinning!
    Have a happy Tuesday!


  12. says

    This is such a great idea! I love my flour sack towels and have been brainstorming ideas to make them a bit more fun. I can’t wait to put my own spin on this brilliant idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. says

    I love sharpie crafts! This towel is fabulous – I have a tea towel just waiting for this project. Thanks for linking up. I’m going to feature this at the next Show & Tell!

  14. says

    Thank you for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday. This is a great tutorial! You have been featured with this week’s party! Don’t forget to stop by and grab the feature button and wear it proudly!

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. says

    Just saw this on Pinterest! LOVE it! I never thought of using Sharpies like this. I’m new to your blog and love all your ideas!

    If you have time, we would LOVE for you to stop in and link up this post and anything crafty in our Crafty Showcase. It runs from Sat-Thur and then we have a Feature Friday with the top pics!

    We also have a linky for ETSY/Crafty business items!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  16. says

    I ADORE this! You smartie pants! I cannot believe you made this awesome towel by tracing! It looks perfect, I will be trying this one for sure.
    I am also loving the video reel. I looks super awesome- and I think it’s great advertisement for your projects.
    xox Becca

    • says

      Thanks for your sweet comments Judy! Just copying some info from the post here for you:
      Because this project uses permanent marker – it won’t disappear in the wash! I have washed mine and the printing didn’t wash out or ‘bleed’ at all.

      I wash mine in cold water and hang to dry (since they dry very quickly, there is no need to put in the dryer!).
      I have put them on the dryer on low heat to dry, the towels are cotton so some shrinkage will occur, but I prewash and predry them before I put the sharpie graphic on them.
      Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting my blog!!

  17. says

    I have made similar projects (pillows) and I tape my fabric and my design to the patio doors ans that way I get a nice flat hard surface with lots of light shining through for tracing!

  18. says

    I have a question…. You said you “trace” the image into the towel… How? What steps do you specifically do? Lay some graphite paper between your fabric and the image, trace it out then go back over it with the sharpie?

  19. says

    Hi !! I’m french and I’m sorry to say that the text is not good ….I don’t know what it really want to mean…. PENSEZ A DEJEUNER ? PENSEZ A VOTRE DEJEUNER ? PRENEZ VOTRE DEJEUNER ? lol strange…

  20. says

    I know this comment is long after your post, but what type of marker do you use? Is it a permanent Sharpie marker or some other brand? I love The Graphics Fairy and use her graphics alot.. usually print them onto iron-on fabric and then sew it onto my project, but I love the idea of just tracing it, but I’m sure the right kind of marker is very important!

  21. says

    LOVE this! I’m hosting a Sharpie crafts link party on my blog this week, and I’d love it if you wanted to link up! Favorites will be featured in a compilation post next week, & we’re giving away a $50 Target GC and Sharpie prize pack!

  22. IEVA says


    thank you for sharing such a nice idea!
    Please tell me what kind of marker it should be? Kind of very specific?


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