Hi ediTORIal readers, it’s Jenny from Craft That Party here to share a very special craft tutorial on how to turn your favorite handwritten recipes into kitchen tea towels. These towels would make amazing gifts for birthdays or the upcoming holidays!

My grandmother recently celebrated her 90th birthday and I had the honor of planning her birthday party. She is an incredible woman. Being a widow of 38 years, she has devoted her life to mission work. She is an avid knitter and baker, and most importantly a grandmother to three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. To pull together all her different achievements and interests, we created a very special “What a Wonderful World” party for her. The timeless Louis Armstrong song seemed ever so fitting for a truly wonderful 90 years of life thus far. We served her favorite foods and baked all the special desserts that she usually bakes for us. Her apple pie being our absolute favorite. I took her handwritten apple pie recipe and did something very meaningful with it…


I skipped traditional party favors in lieu of something more personal and meaningful. Guests were given a kitchen tea towel with my grandmother’s handwritten apple pie recipe on it. She even allowed me to include her secret ingredient, tapioca!


Tea Towel Directions:

Step 1: Scan handwritten recipe (preferred) or take photos of your recipes to upload as JPG files to your computer. Be sure to leave the resolution as high as possible to ensure the best quality image.


Step 2: Next head to Spoonflower, an online fabric site where you can have custom fabric printed. You will need to create an account. After completing the log in, look for the heading “Design” and select “Upload”. At the bottom, look for “Other Design Options” and select linen fat quarter. This will redirect you to PicMonkey (a free online editing program) where you will upload your digital recipe file. Don’t worry, when you save the file, the site will automatically redirect you back to Spoonflower to complete your order.


Chose the largest image size and add image. You can use this editing program to crop or enhance your image as you prefer. When happy with the image, hit save and it will automatically take you back to the Spoonflower site.

If you are having any trouble, Spoonflower has an excellent help page set you can visit with step by step directions and visuals. I would recommend reading their tutorial first before you start your upload.

Select fabric as Linen Cotton Canvas. One yard of fabric will fit four tea towels perfectly. If you would like to make only one tea towel, chose a fat quarter instead.


Step 3: Fabric typically arrives by mail within 2 weeks of your order. If you ordered a full yard of fabric, cut into 4 equal pieces. Fold over the edges and hem with a sewing machine.


Spoonflower recommends washing the fabric on a delicate cycle with cool water. Dry on a low setting and iron on the reverse side as needed.


Hope this inspires your next craft project!

What special recipe would you use to create your tea towel?



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Party Credits:

Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details

Nautical Cookies: Bambella Cookies

Nantucket Basket Cookies: Patricia O’Brien & Co.

Modern Rose Party Supplies: Shindigz

Wonderful World Print: Palms and Peonies

Styling and Photography: Craft That Party


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