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Adorable Hand Stitched DIY Tea Towels

By: Lynn Lilly from
Updated April 27, 2021
Adorable Hand Stitched DIY Tea Towels
Adorable Hand Stitched DIY Tea Towels
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Create a beautiful hand-stitched cloth napkin for your home with this Adorable Hand Stitched DIY Tea Towels tutorial. If you're a big fan of Mason jars, follow Lynn Lilly's example and sew a darling jar image onto the napkin. Because you are able to choose the design that you will hand sew into the towel, you can choose the difficulty of this quick and easy craft. It's perfect for beginning and advanced crafters alike!  Additionally, these DIY cloth napkins make a great gift for friends and family. You can choose the design you want for them and make them a set of hand stitched napkins for any special occasion.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour


Primary TechniqueSewing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List


  1. Take your design and flip paper over so ink side is down.

  2. Use transfer marker to trace design on back of paper.

  3. Heat iron to cotton setting.

  4. Lay out tea towel & iron any wrinkles.

  5. Place your design you just traced face down.

  6. Lightly iron over the sheet of paper for 20 seconds lifting the corner of the paper to make sure it transferred to the towel.

  7. Once you have a light transfer of your design remove the paper & turn off iron.

  8. Lace tea towel on the embroidery hoop.

  9. Hand stitch along the design using embroidery floss.

  10. NOTE: the transfer pen will eventually fade.

  11. Once finished remove hoop and hand wash.

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A few years ago I purchased some supplies for a project like this but have never made anything. I was about to donate them, but now I'm inspired to make a cute towel. It will be exciting because I have not done embroidery in a long time.

Casual and cute dinner napkins. Wouldn't they be cute with this canning jar (Mason jar) design on them? I can also see the design being used on a white cotton table cloth. Just do the motif on all four corners of the cloth. Add a simple embroidery stitch as a border all the way around.

where is the patter design for the canning jar?

Hi there! I linked a template in the materials list as a PDF. I hope that helps!

It has been years since I have embroidered anything. My oldest son was a baby so that was like 37 years ago and these are some very pretty tea towels to make so I will have to pick this up again. I did not know about an iron on marker so this is a must have for me. What a great gift these will make and so easy to do with this great tutorial and bonus video. Thanks for the inspiration.

Stitching has been trending lately, and I can see why. This design is simple but beautiful. I would love to have something like this in my new and improved kitchen. I just might have to start up a new hobby to make this for myself. Thanks!


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