Make this handwritten family recipe tea towel gift to preserve a loved one's memory and delight your family with a special gift.
My mother was trained as a pediatric nurse, but after she married my father and start having children, she became a stay at home mom. It's been over 20 years since she passed, at the early age of 64, and I still miss her. Recently I pulled out her recipe for Christmas cookies, handwritten on a piece of notepaper. Just looking at her familiar script made me smile. So this year I made a family recipe tea towel gift for my siblings, in remembrance of her.
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You see my mom was very creative and loved to cook and entertain. In fact, so much of what I share with all of you on this blog comes from her. She helped me with my first few houseplants as a kid. When I was first married, she showed me how to plant annuals and veggies. She also helped me with sewing. I remember taking a quilting class with her, where each one of us ended up with a pretty table runner. Mine was Christmas themed, and I still pull this imperfect, but special, project out every year.
How to Make a Family Recipe Tea Towel Gift
Anyway, when I saw this handwritten recipe for Christmas Cookies written by my deceased mother, I thought of some of the t-shirt transfer paper I had from a previous project and came up with the idea of making tea towels as gifts for my siblings.
Everyone loves handwritten recipe gifts. To make one for yourself, or for your family, scan the recipe into your computer as an image. You could even just take a picture from your phone, and send it to yourself via email.
Next, you have to reverse the image, so when you iron the paper onto the tea towel the letters will be in the correct direction. I added a festive border to mine. If you like it, there is a template below. All you have to do is insert your recipe.
Printable Holiday Recipe Frame Template
Here's a template of the borders if you'd like to make your own family tea towel.
Click on the image and you will download a Word file.
Then you can insert the image of your recipe in the middle.
Be careful with the iron. On my first attempt, I kept the iron on too long, resulting in these burned areas.
Make sure you follow the directions, and the image should transfer well.
The color of the paper is a slightly darker shade of white but I still think it came out great.
As the middle child of five, I know that even if they never make the cookies, my brothers and sisters will love seeing mom's handwriting, and remember how blessed we were to have her as our mother. Why not make some family recipe tea towels as gifts for your own family?
It's a great recipe too!
- White tea towel flour sack towels
- Fabric transfer paper
- Wash dry and iron the tea towel.
- Scan the handwritten family recipe into your computer as an image. If you don't have a scanner take a picture with a phone and email it to yourself.
- Import the image into a Word document or other software and reverse the image. This way when you iron the paper onto the tea towel the letters will be in the correct direction.
- Use the template above for a festive border if desired and import your image inside.
- Print out onto transfer paper.
- Follow the directions on the transfer paper and iron the image onto the tea towel. Be careful not to let the iron sit in any one area too long or it may turn brown.
Be careful not to let the iron sit in any one area too long or it may turn brown.