Monday, April 30, 2012

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

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 Supplies:

- 1 high quality natural fabric towel

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


- Marker

- 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.

Tutorial:

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.

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Written by Heather at Setting for Four

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83 comments:

  1. So easy!!! I'm pinning this! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. 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!

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

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  3. Oh my! This is such an amazing project. So glad to have found your blog. New follower C:

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  4. That is crazy (great!) You are amazing. It looks great - super impressive!

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  5. This is genius! Looks great in your kitchen.
    Kathleen

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  6. Beautiful. I am not sure why I am still surprised to see you have come up with yet another stylish and hip project. Love it!

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  7. 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?

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  8. I love this! So creative and fab colors! I think I will try this! Thanks for sharing! I hope you will visit me at www.Livingonloveandcents.com and see what i have been up to. Say hi if you do! Have a great week!

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  9. 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!!

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  10. Love this and thank you for testing its washability (is that a word?) ;)

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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. That is pretty neat! I'm too shaky to do this myself but I love the idea.

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  14. I love this idea! I can't wait to try it! I would have thought the marker would bleed. I saw you at Someday Crafts and I'm impressed, inspired and a new follower. I'm also thankful for your spouses service.

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  15. What a super cute idea!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

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  16. Wowzers! I don't know that I could get that beautiful of a result with my own hands. =D Did the marker bleed at all as you were drawing? This is so simple I can't believe I've never seen it before. Great Job! If you have a moment, I'd love for you to link up at Sweet Sharing Monday http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-3/ It'll be open till noon on Thurs!

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  17. 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

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  18. Cool! I love my sharpies I have but I can never seem to find enough fun projects for them.. Thanks for the idea!

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  19. Oh my gosh I love this! I am going to make this for my mother-in-law for Mothers day!
    http://scobellexpressions.blogspot.com

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  20. Wow this is a great idea! It turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing over at The Winthrop Chronicles!

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  21. wow, i have never tried this! You did a great job!
    I would love if you link this Monday to the French party! My readers would love it!

    Bisous
    Frenchy
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/

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  22. 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".

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  23. It looks fab - I've used this graphic before on a table, but that's a great and easy way to put it on a tea towel, lovely !

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  24. What a terrifically simple way to make a cute accessory! I am definitely going to try this!

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  25. Wow!!! LOVE IT! I must try this. You did a fantastic job! I am your newest follower. I would love for you to come over and link this up to my linky party @ http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/05/rustic-restorations-weekend-linky-party.html
    Hope to see you there!

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  26. What a great idea! you really could do just about anything!

    frugalaintcheap.blogspot.com

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  27. No way this is great thankyou so much for linking up xxx

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  28. Awesome! My MIL is French-Canadian. How well-timed.

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  29. 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!

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  30. 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.

    Nann
    atnannstable.blogspot.com

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  31. 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!!!!!

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  32. What a great idea! This would make a great gift too.
    xoxo
    Heather

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  33. 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!

    ♥Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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  34. Great idea!!! Its gorgeous!

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  35. wow. this is such a great idea. I'm super excited to try it! Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Wow, I never would have thought of that but it is so easy! I will be trying this for sure!

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  37. This is awesome! I love how simple it is.. but it came out so great! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up last week! You are being featured this week! :)

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  38. I like it, but I think that would take forever to make

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  39. Are you kidding?? You never cease to amaze me Heather! Thanks for partying on SOS!!

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  40. I'm LOVING this...featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

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  41. 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!

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  42. Wow! What a clever idea! I love it! :)
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! You'll be featured at tonight's party! :)
    XO!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  43. 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!

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  44. Beautiful, I have bad penmanship, wonder if I could trace this as beautifully as you did.

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  45. Thanks so much for linking, There is another one going on right now...I would love to see you there.
    Bisous,
    Isabelle

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  46. This tea towel is awesome--great job!

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  47. 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!

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  48. I've used paint markers many times - so why not a sharpie?! Brilliant!
    xo,
    Shannon
    (akadesign.ca)

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  49. I love this and will try it when I have time. Why don't you link this up to cowgirl up this week or next? I think it's awesome. When you do, let me know what your link number is!

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  50. Found this project on Pinterest, Oh my goodness, have to try!

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  51. Featured your tea towel on this weeks SOS!

    http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/05/show-off-saturday-13.html

    Thanks for sharing!

    XO

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  52. I just featured this on my FB page, so grab a cowgirl up featured button if you like.

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  53. You would never know that was a Sharpie, it turned out really pretty! Here from Cowgirl Up, and now following you :)

    Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  54. You're so stinkin' smart! I'm driving my kids to walmart today just to pick up some of these towels! Love it! ~Lori

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  55. Wow!! So pretty... can't wait to try it! ~Danielle

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  56. I bought the towels today, will try this in the next couple of days :D

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  57. What a great idea...this looks amazing!

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  58. What a great idea- it looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com! I hope you will join us again this week-- party opens Tuesday evening!

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  59. That is such a good idea! I'm following you now, and you can link up at Wow Us Wednesday at Family Home and Life.

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  60. This is awesome! I don't know how I missed this tutorial before. I must try this! Need to go get myself some flour sack towels!

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  61. 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
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/06/23/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-7/

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  62. 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

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  63. Your towel is so chic! tell me, can these be washed and dried? Thanks

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    1. 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!!

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  64. 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!

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    1. Great tip Jill!! I'll have to remember to do that! You are very clever to think of tracing your design that way!

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  65. Beyond fabulous - my kind of project and what a great gift! Pinning this - I see some gifts in my future!
    Kelly

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  66. 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?

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    1. Carrie if you feel confident in your drawing skills you could draw it right on to the towel otherwise you could try tracing it.

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  68. 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...

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    1. It's from a vintage graphic...not sure about the translation though! :D

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  69. Hello Heather - I've always thought your tea towels were just beautiful, very well done! I've got this linked to my tea towels roundup post too today, for inspiration.

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  70. 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!

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    1. I just used a regular Sharpie marker - yes it's permanent ink!

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  71. 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! http://bit.ly/1c0IEvS

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