Handwritten Family Recipe Tea Towel Gift

My mother was trained as a pediatric nurse, but after she married my father and start having children, she become a stay at home mom. It’s been 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.

Handwritten Family Recipe Tea Towel Gift

Learn how easily you can make this handwritten family recipe tea towel gift to preserve a loved ones memory and delight your family with a special gift.

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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, and 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.


Anyway, when I saw this cookie recipe and looked at her handwriting, 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 with her recipe on them.  

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 on to the tea towel the letters will be in the correct direction. I added a festive boarder to mine. If you like it, there is a template below. All you have to do is insert your recipe.


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.

PS: It’s a great recipe too!

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.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. LOVE LOVE THIS!!! Patti you are so creative and this is such a neat idea. You’re siblings will love it. Enjoyed hearing more about your life and the blessings that have been shared with you. A stay at home mom is a value that I wish more kids could experience today. Enjoyed!!

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your mom, you definitely inherited her creativity!

  3. Love your ideas Patti. I’m going to try this myself. Can’t believe it’s been 20 years since your mom passed. So many great memories of holidays with the family. Miss both your mom and dad.

    • Hi Bernie,

      Thank you. I feel the same about your parents.
      We sure were blessed with some great parents.

      Thanks for the lovely comment,

      PS I think you’ll love this sugar cookie recipe.

  4. This is such a beautiful way to remember your mother Patti and I am sure your family is just going to love the towels . I will be trying this with a poem my dad wrote for me and my sister . I’ll have to see if she can find the only copy of it with his hand writing but if not I typed it out and saved it on my computer . Thank you for always sharing great things with us

    • HI Vicki,

      I’m so glad to know that you will be doing something similar with your family. Your father’s poem is an excellent choice and I’m sure your sister will love it!

      Thanks for your kind comment!

  5. Pat Schwab says:

    Patti, I just love this idea. Your mom sounds like she was the best. I know your siblings will love this. Pat S

  6. Kathy Ziegenmier says:

    Can you tell me where you found your linen towels? I wanted to make several for family members but the least expensive I found were $20 for four of them from from Amazon.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I bought mine on Amazon and paid $21 for 7 towels. There’s a link in the post. Another place I have purchased them before was at Joann Fabrics but I can’t remember the price.

      Hope that helps,

  7. Patti this is wonderful! I have several handwritten recipes from my mother in law. Some were my kids favorites. i was wondering how to give them to my children as a remembrance of their grandmother. This is such a great idea…..

  8. Such a great idea and thoughtful gift for your siblings. I love it, and hope to pay tribute to my own mother in this matter. Thanks so much for sharing. Merry Christmas, Cynthia

  9. This is so special and a lovely gift to give to family!

  10. Hi Patty. Stopping by from Sunday’s Best. I love this idea not only for a Christmas gift, but a birthday or Mother’s Days gift as well. Your mother’s handwriting is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your idea with us.

  11. Sue Wulff says:

    Did you enlarge the recipe onto the tea towels? My recipe is on a recipe card so it is small. Can I enlarge it?

    • Hi Sue,

      You should be able to stretch or enlarge the image in Word. Sometimes enlarging can distort the image a little though, so I suggest trying a little and see how it looks.

      Hope that helps,

  12. This is a special and meaningful gift. I just got one of those handwritten recipes of my grandmother’s. My aunt took a picture of it and sent it to me of the hard rock candy Granny used to make. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it at Family Joy Blog Linkup.

  13. Also may I ask how you reverse the image?

    • Hi Charlotte,

      I reversed the image in Word but you can use any image software like Paint or even online in something like picmonkey. In word, click on your image, go to picture tools, choose rotate, then flip horizontal. In picmoney click on rotate and then the first set of arrows. (side by side)
      Hope this helps.

  14. What a lovely gift this is! It’s a wonderful way to honor your mother. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  15. This is lovely, Patti! I have my grandmother’s recipe box full of recipe cards in her beautiful handwriting. I treasure them and this would make a lovely tribute to her memory. Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party.

  16. This is a lovely thoughtful gift. Great idea

  17. Lovely idea. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & shared.

  18. Thank you. Your calendar is so pretty.

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