This week guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shows us how she turned her grandmother’s handwritten recipes into tea towels for her own kitchen. Read the how-to below, or, jump to our up-to-date video tutorial from Spoonflower member Theresa at the bottom of the post. She’ll take you through each step from Emma’s tea towel concept, so you’ll learn how to edit your scanned recipe in Photoshop, all the way through to how to sew up the tea towel with a finished double-hem. 

Emma: For a woman who keeps a newspaper from the day she was born, my mum has surprisingly few keepsakes or handwritten memorabilia from her own mother who passed away in 1999. When I asked her to trawl through her old papers and files, she managed to find three handwritten recipes from my grandmother. They appear to be the only remaining examples of her handwriting left in the world, and they are therefore as precious as they are priceless.

I decided to use these recipes to make a set of dish towels for my mum and I. This way, the handwritten originals can be safely stored away yet the joy of being able to see my grandmother’s handwriting in an everyday context will continue to make us smile and feel close to her.

Spoonflower’s linen cotton canvas is the perfect fabric for dish towels. Linen is known for its super absorbent qualities, and with a 54” wide printable area, they are perfectly sized to fit a set of four dish towels on to one yard.

I began by taking photos of each recipe page, saving them to my computer and opening them in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. The originals were old and yellowing with discoloration in some areas, but by using some of Photoshop’s edit tools — specifically the ‘auto-tone’ option (to minimize some of the blotchy discoloration) — I was able to get a cleaner appearance to each page.

I then turned each recipe into a landscape orientation by going to Image > Image Rotation > 90 degrees.


After editing all three images (I only had three recipes, so two of my recipe dish towels are identical), I created a 54″ x 36″ 150 DPI file in Photoshop.  Select “File” > “place embedded” to bring in each of the recipe images and arrange them into a collage. Each recipe will be on a different “layer” and you will be able to edit and move them around as you please. I added a grid spacing in between each image so that I would have a convenient cutting line, and by making the grid lines a color, I had an eye-catching feature for the back, hemmed edge of the finished dish towels. To make your own solid colored grid line, just create a new background layer (“Layer” > “new layer” then drag the layer to the bottom underneath all of the others in the layers palette). Then fill the layer in with a color by selecting the layer and going to “Edit” > “Fill.” You can resize each recipe to make it fit neatly within the file by selecting your layer, then hitting CMD + T (control + T on a PC) then dragging the image to be the size you want.

Keep in mind that 54” x 36” at 150 DPI (8100 pixels x 5400 pixels) will fit exactly on to one yard of the Linen Cotton Canvas and this tutorial will produce 4 tea towels. If you just want to make one tea towel, make your file the size of a fat quarter instead (27″ x 18″). Once your file is complete, save it as a JPG and upload the design to Spoonflower. Select the quantity you want and the fabric type (Linen) and add to cart!

I always recommend ordering test swatches before committing to ordering the actual yardage, that way you are able to make color and size adjustments without spending a lot of money.

The dish towels were simple to sew up. I cut them out along the grid lines and turned back the hem. I also sewed a small length of twill in one top corner of each dish towel for convenience.

The Linen Cotton Canvas is a beautiful fabric and will only improve with extensive washing and use. The really nice thing about these is that if they ever do suffer from wear and tear I can simply have more printed, without even having to dig the original paper copies out from storage.

Spoonflower team member Theresa shows you step-by-step how to create Emma’s concept of a recipe tea towel, from start to finish

SF Recipe tea towel

No access to Photoshop? You can also create these tea towels in a free, easy to use program called PicMonkey. Check out our easy tutorial for how to create recipe tea towels with PicMonkey here.

Want to see what happened when we invited eight Spoonflower team members to make their own version of our most popular DIY project? Check out the story here.


About Our Guest Blogger

Hi! I’m Emma, and as well as working on the Fiskars Design Team, I blog over at hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com.

I’m an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they’re not absolutely perfect. And though I’m no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.

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  • Pat Kennedy

    These recipe towels are just fantastic! What a brilliant tribute to someone special. Some clever soul, whoever thought of it deserves a pat on the back and a big hug!

  • kathy wilson

    Is there anyway to have the recipe printed and ya’ll sew them also? I was kinda wanting a finished product.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for your interest! You can upload you own designs and have our sewing team sew up tea towels for you! Here’s a blog post that will help with designing for a finished tea towel. See the section “Designing Tea Towels for Fat Quarters.”

      Best of luck with your project!
      Amy
      Spoonflower

  • Hi Emma, I love these tea towels and am attempting to make four for my sisters. I had no problems making and uploading the design based on your great directions. I am, however, having a problem sewing the linen cotton canvas due to its thickness and texture. I am using heavy weight cotton polyester thread and a 100/16 needle. I’m having issues sewing through the material without it starting to jam. I’ve tried experimenting with the tension, rethreading the machine, cleaning the bobbin holder, etc. I have a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 machine–just 1 1/2 years old. Any suggestions on what I might try to alleviate this? Thank you.

    • Hi Adrianne,

      We’re sorry to hear you’ve run into some sewing troubles! Our top tips for sewing heavyweight fabrics will be a great resource to help you out. We especially love the tip that shared more details about using a “hump jumper” on pesky intersections that tend to be thicker. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

      Take care,
      Amy
      Spoonflower

  • Thank you so much for this idea. I am going to try to make towels for my daughter and her family. Some of the recipes are from my mother, and though they are not in her hand writing, they will be in mine and my grandsons can have something to practice reading cursive!

  • Susan Harber

    Should we assume that if, once we get the one recipe all set to be printed, but we select a full yard of fabric, that we will get 4 identical recipes printed on that yardage, or are there further steps that need to be taken with the software?

    • Hi Susan,

      You’ve got the right idea! If you upload one 27″x18″ recipe tea towel design and choose the yard option for Linen Cotton Canvas, the design will automatically repeat across the fabric to yield four identical recipes. Keep in mind that the preview window is the best way to predict how a design will print. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

      Best Regards,
      -Meredith F.
      Spoonflower

  • Kari Gallagher

    How do you do this if I don’t have photoshop?
    What other program can I upload my recipe to to creat the file for the towel?
    Thanks
    Kari

    • Hi Kari,

      If you don’t have access to Photoshop, we recommend this tutorial that uses the free program PicMonkey. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

  • Rosemary Williams

    What a fabulous blog. Does it show how to make cushions for replacement dining chairs?

    • Hi Rosemary,

      Thanks for stopping by! This tutorial is a great place to get started for replacement cushions. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

  • My boyfriend & I love this idea… we plan to find some of his mother’s recipes that were hand-written, turn them into tea towels and gift them to relatives as wedding gifts, along with all the non-perishable ingredients the recipes call for (so they can make the recipes themselves). It would make a lovely gift basket idea to do something like this even for a housewarming party!

  • Thanks for my DIY idea, I’m an Aquarium and couldn’t understand why every piece of paper was very important to keep . So now I will transfer some to fabric.

  • Ramona Hensley

    Hi,
    I love this idea, it’s precious. I would love to do this for my sister but do not
    Have a computer. Plus I’m not tech savvy at all.
    My question is, is there a way I could send in recipes and you guys make them?
    Do you guys do that? This would make a wonderful Christmas 🎄 gift!
    Sincerely
    Ramona Hensley

    • Hi Ramona,
      Thanks so much for your question! Unfortuantely we don’t offer design services at this time but you may want to try reaching out to a local school in your area to see if there are any design students who might be able to assist you. If you have any specific design related questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a message at help@spoonflower.com

  • I really want to do this to make Christmas gifts but I am so inept with a computer. I read the instructions and I just have no idea what is being talked about. There has to be an easier way to do this. I really want the words to be printed on with professional printing so that the towel doesn’t fade so much. I am afraid I may have to just bag this project…

    • Hi Wren,
      We’ve also linked a tutorial for this project that uses the free design program PicMonkey if you prefer to not work in Photoshop. You can access the full tutorial here.

  • Thanks so much for this! I made some for my mom, and for me, from handwritten recipes of my Grandma and Great Grandma, and they turned out so beautifully. They are truly treasured. I’m a graphic designer, so the file creation process is familiar to me, but I’m going to note a few things which may be helpful to others who create these using Photoshop 🙂

    – The video describes ordering one towel on one fat quarter. To order a yard instead, so that you get four towels, start with an artboard the size of a yard (54″ by 36″, and set DPI to 150). You can set up your guides the same way as she does in the video, but you’ll be placing extra guides because you will divide up the 54″ by 36″ space into four sections.
    – IMPORTANT: The written tutorial makes a mistake on an important detail. When setting up your 1″ (colored) seam allowances, each allowance is 1″ wide along all exterior edges of the yard of fabric as shown. But in the two INTERIOR sections (where the seam allowances border two adjoining towels), you need to make the seam allowance 2″! This is because you will cut the seam allowance in half (resulting in 1″ for one tea towel, and 1″ for the other). The image that is provided in the written tutorial has 1″ of seam allowance throughout the entire layout, and doing this would result in a mistake. (By the way, I personally found the 1″ seam allowance a perfect size. I folded the edges in, as shown in the tutorial, which results in the colored edges on the back of the towels being about 0.5″ wide.)
    – Several of my recipes were really way too short to fill up an entire tea towel. So I simply scanned several recipes and used 2 and 3 recipes per towel where needed, to fill the space appropriately.
    -If your recipes are old like mine, they may be stained and yellowed. I used Photoshop’s tools to clean up my scanned recipes before placing them into my 54″ by 36″ layout. (I colored all my backgrounds white, erased some of the smudges where there were too many, and ensured the black in the writing was boosted so it wouldn’t print too faded).
    – One yard of fabric makes 4 perfectly sized tea towels. I would highly recommend sticking to this number. When you divide the yard into 4, you get perfectly sized (standard) tea towels 🙂

    Hope this helps others!

  • Thanks so much for this! I made some for my mom, and for me, from handwritten recipes of my Grandma and Great Grandma, and they turned out so beautifully. They are truly treasured. I\’m a graphic designer, so the file creation process is familiar to me, but I\’m going to note a few things which may be helpful to others who create these using Photoshop 🙂

    – The video describes ordering one towel on one fat quarter. To order a yard instead, so that you get four towels, start with an artboard the size of a yard (54\” by 36\”, and set DPI to 150). You can set up your guides the same way as she does in the video, but you\’ll be placing extra guides because you will divide up the 54\” by 36\” space into four equal sections.

    – IMPORTANT: The written tutorial makes a mistake on an important detail. When setting up your 1\” (colored) seam allowances, ensure each allowance is 1\” wide along all exterior edges of the yard of fabric. But in the two INTERIOR sections (where the seam allowances border two adjoining towels), you need to make the seam allowance 2\”! This is because you will cut the seam allowance in half (resulting in 1\” for one tea towel, and 1\” for the other). The image that is provided in the written tutorial has 1\” of seam allowance throughout the entire layout, and doing this would result in a mistake. (By the way, I personally found the 1\” seam allowance a perfect size. I folded the edges in as shown in the tutorial, which results in the colored edges on the back of the finished towels being about 0.5\” wide.)

    – Several of my recipes were really way too short to fill up an entire tea towel. So I simply scanned several recipes and placed in 2 and 3 recipes per towel where needed, to fill the space appropriately.

    -If your recipes are old like mine, they may be stained and yellowed. I used Photoshop\’s tools to clean up my scanned recipes before placing them into my 54\” by 36\” layout. (I colored all my backgrounds white, erased some of the smudges where there were too many, and ensured the black in the writing was boosted so it wouldn\’t print too faded).

    – One yard of fabric makes 4 perfectly sized tea towels. I would highly recommend sticking to this number. When you divide the yard into 4, you get perfectly sized (standard) tea towels 🙂

    Hope this helps others!

  • I love this project. Has anyone had success using an iPad Pro for this project? I apologize if this is included in another post. I didn’t read all of the comments. Thanks!

  • Best idea ever. I cannot wait to get started. I have been saving handwritten recipes for years.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Pam,
      This is one of our favorite gift ideas and a great way to protect those precious family heirlooms.

  • I’m curious. If you want to upload 4 different ones for the 1 single yard of fabric, how do you do that? The video was GREAT but it didn’t give additional instructions for uploading multiples for the yard of fabric.

    • Hi Cindy,
      Great question! If you’d like 4 tea towels on one yard of fabric, you’ll need to place all four designs in the same file prior to uploading. A yard of linen cotton canvas is 54″x36″ so you’ll want to make sure your file is set at this size wen getting started.

  • Love this idea! I make tea towels as gifts, but have only used preprinted fabric in the past. Fantastic to add my own recipe!
    Tip: I add a piece of ribbon about 3-1/2″ long and sew into the towel on the back as I hem. Place at a 45 degree angle at the top corner so the towel can hang.

  • Deidre Cassidy

    Wow, I did it. I got a photo of my girl friends much treasured Christmas Pudding, that her late mother made every year, and now she makes it. I have zero experience with Photoshop but followed step by step. My tea towels arrived in the mail yesterday and I am thrilled. Now to get ordering for Christmas presents for my special friends.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful video.

    D

    • Hi Deidre,
      Thanks so much for sharing! We’d love to see photos of your finished tea towels. If you’re sharing project photos on social media, be sure to tag @spoonflower and add #spoonflower.

      • Deidre Cassidy

        I will share on instagram but only once I have given them as gifts.
        thanks again.

        D

  • I’ve read through the comments trying to create a game plan sans photoshop to create a yard with 4 different recipes. My conclusion: photoshop seems like a sanity saver. I tried the picmonkey, but I had very limited options in determining the exact size of my boarders (and keeping them equal size) as well as exact size of recipes (all I could do was use my mouse to stretch the image, I couldn’t input exact measurements). I gave up before even seeing the project through via pic monkey because I didn’t want a subpar product. Pic monkey might work just fine for 1 towel with 1 recipe, but doing a collage turned out to be tedious and I couldn’t get it to work. Back to the drawing board…

    • Hi Kayla,
      We’re so sorry for the trouble! While there are some limiting factors with PicMonkey, it’s a great tool if Photoshop is unavailable.

      • Thanks for the reply– my fabric came and it looks fantastic! My biggest struggle with picmonkey was attempting to lay out four quadrants on a yard, it seemed like an easy tool if I wanted to a singular fat quarter. But o’ well, my determination paid off!

    • Edit: I ended up using basic paint on my PC. I edited the images to make them black & white and then put those images on a paint document that I sized to be 8100×5400. Before inserting the images I sized the document, filled the background with my border color, and drew a 4 quadrant grid to (having the gridlines turned on) to help with placement of recipes. I left my 4 quadrant gridlines to be printed to give me a cutting line. It easily uploaded to spoonflower. Photoshop will give you a lot more fiddle room, which I like, but paint will do a very basic job to help you do the project without access to a paid program (picasa no longer exists, google pulled it)

  • Deana Stratton

    Do you make these to sell?
    I love this so much and would love to have this done for my mom.

    • Hi Deana,
      We’re so glad you enjoyed this project! While we don’t sell finished tea towels, our sister company, Roostery, can create a finished tea towel for you! All you have to do is scan your recipe and upload it to Spoonflower!

  • Hello
    Love this idea! I don’t have Photoshop is there another program I can use?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Meredith,
      You’re in luck! We also show how to create a handwritten tea towel using PicMonkey and you can find the full tutorial here!

  • We did try this with some images and simple text recipes from my Mums old cook book, the tea towels were really quite cool..We us Class Printing for our tea towels they can do singles as a one of or entire print runs. We did a printed tea towel christmas present with a Christmas Pudding recipe printed 25 and sent them to friends and close family. They worked really well and people still go on about them now!

  • My mother and I each received a towel with my Great Aunt Florence’s Apple Pie recipe printed on it for Christmas. It was a wonderful surprise to both of us from my daughter. Thank you for the post – we love our towels!

  • Allison Greenwald

    How long does it take for you to print them? I wanted them for a wedding shower and need to know how long it will take.

    AG

  • I love this and would love to have some . . . . but I have no idea, nor the ability, to do it! Does anybody know who might be willing to do this for me (and possibly others??) for a fee? I would gladly pay for your expertise. As my son says, I know just enough about a computer to get into trouble. Have a lovely day, and I hope to hear from you.

    • I agree Kristin. My computer skills are not enough that I can follow these instructions and come out with a lovely, printed product.

  • Thank you for posting this! I plan on stealing my mother’s recipe cards for all of our family recipes (my mother at 85 still cooks every holiday meal and dinner is at their house) for my children and my nephews wives. I might need a few towels so they get them all!

  • Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after going through some of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m definitely pleased I found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!
    offering high quality Salon towels

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    • You can fit four tea towels on one yard of Linen which costs $24.30 to have printed with us, or you can just buy one fat quarter (one tea towel) at a cost of just $12.60.

  • Chandra Patton

    This worked out great!! I ended up using Staples to format my file needed to upload to Spoonflower. It was under ten bucks for the formatting. Thank you Emma for sharing such a unique way to cherish recipes. My plan is to make more.

  • I have two images that I am trying to double; however, when I upload the image it looks huge and I can’t see the entire recipe. I can’t figure out how to make there be 4 images on the material.. does that make sense?

    • Make sure you hit the “smaller” button once your design is uploaded to Spoonflower, it sounds like the file was too high-res and enlarged when Spoonflower converted the file to 150 dpi. Set up your Photoshop file to be 54″ x 36,” then pull in your four recipes, each filling up a single quadrant of the yard to create four total.

    • You can fit four tea towels on one yard of Linen which costs $24.30 to have printed with us, or you can just buy one fat quarter (one tea towel) at a cost of just $12.60.

  • What a wonderful idea! I am attempting to make mine now, however, I cannot get the images to change to landscape. Any suggestions?

  • Hi, I’m stuck at the collage stage, with the grid spacing……it doesn’t seem to do anything? just outlines the one print, but I don’t see any option to move the pics etc………

  • dcdarula@gmail.com

    Just read this now. What a wonderful idea! Is this something that is still available to do? I would have to have my husband figure the computer part out for me but I would really like to do this for my sister-in-laws with family recipes. Does Spoonflower than manufacture the towels? thanks.

    • yes this is definitely still something you can do! Spoonflower just prints the fabric so you would need to hem the tea towels yourself, OR, you could try Spoonflower’s new sister company Roostery, who will print your recipe on a professionally sewn tea towel: https://roostery.com/e?products=orpington

  • Hello, This is a really good blog, so well done, tea towels are a great product and continue to be hugely popular in the market place, If anyone needs tea towels printing I you need to use a printer that has experience in all aspects of screen and digital printing, one of these companies is our, Class Printing. We work really hard with lots of different artists and designers, visit us at http://www.classprinting.co.uk for more information, we can also send out samples if required.

  • Hello! I plan to do this for my mom, her sisters and all of my female cousins for Christmas. I am planning to do 2 towels for each of the 17 people so wondering how much this cost. I understand it may have gone up since then. 🙂

    • You can fit four tea towels on one yard of Linen which costs $24.30 to have printed with us, or you can just buy one fat quarter (one tea towel) at a cost of just $12.60.

  • So I am almost ready to print but my recipes are cut off. (Can’t see the title and writing at the bottom). Any suggestions?
    Chanel

    • Try using the “smaller” button on the Spoonflower site to shrink your image

  • What a great idea! I am making these for my future daughter in law. How do I actually transfer the recipes onto the fabric? Thanks!

    • Order them to be printed through Spoonflower, we will take care of that part 🙂

  • I have saved this tutorial for a couple months because I wasn’t able to get a recipe until recently, but I cannot seem to get it to work! Each time I upload it onto the Spoonflower website, 20 copies of it appear. I tried to change the size using paint as you suggested (I do not have a mac) but it did not give me options to re-size it the way I need. Is there any help you can offer me? I don’t know what else to try, but know my mother would love this!

  • Wow! You guys are losing me with all the computer-tech talk. There is no way I’ll be able to do this. 🙁

  • I am so frustrated. Changed the size to correct pixels/dpi but now the file size is 52mb and spoonflower accepts max 40mb. Grr!!! no idea how to fix this.

  • This seems like a lot of work & then it may not turn out. Can anyone tell me if they have actually gotten this to work? Is there an easier process as I would like to do this.

  • Are you putting all of your “grid” as a back hem on one towel? Or are you trying to cut halfway in the middle of the grid as you cut the towels apart? Suggestions on how wide this grid needs to be because I assume you need to be able to fold under to prevent raveling………….
    Thanks!

  • I am using Picasa3 and cannot figure out how to do any of these “steps” this blog talks about. Can anyone help me please beginning at step 1
    Thank You

  • You are sitting on a million dollar idea………I would pay to have this done. Get out there and start marketing. I’m on your side, I want you to win……..Janet Park

  • bonnie@bearfamily.org

    This is such a great gift idea!
    Question: A sample swatch is only 8 X 8 …is it worth it? Do you really get an idea of the final product?
    Solution: I could not get the correct DPI using a PC so I borrowed a Mac and followed the instructions above using the Preview in Mac and changing DPI/size there.

  • I know this comment is a little delayed, but I’m so excited and working on this for Mother’s Day. Is there an advantage to taking pictures of the recipes over just scanning them and uploading that image?
    Thanks!

  • Hi,
    Is there a way to insert a photo of the finished product (cake, pie, etc.)at the top or on the side?

  • sharon davis

    This is a great tutorial but I am such a novice at this I’m wondering if it is possible to have these tea towels made if I sent the recipe to you? I have a handwritten recipe of my mother’s that I’d love to put on tea towels for my sisters and I (also my daughter and nieces).

  • Emma, I’ve tried your project for turning handwritten recipes to tea towels. I tired using Picasa’s retouch tool but still have some blotches which I can live with. Then, since I use Windows’s, I tried opening the recipes in Paint. (Is that different than Paint.net? I created a collage but the 4 recipes would not line up straight. I still can’t figure out how to change the dpi and the largest pixel size I could get was 6100 pixels by 5400 pixels. Can you help me please?

  • Made these for my mother-in-law and her sister in Hungary. They loved them so much they were moved to tears!

  • My sister for christmas 2013..she made big magnets like the ones you see on a car and put a pic of our mom and put 4 of pur favorite recipes in her hand writting and one that my dad wrote…best gift every…she had one made for the whole family

  • Hi. I LOVE this idea. I do have a question though. I’m trying to figure out your amended directions. I have a mac…You stated,
    “You can open the design in Preview on a Mac. Once open, go to Tools and Adjust Size. With “inches” toggled, enter in “54” width and “36” length and “150” for the resolution dpi. Export the resized file as a PNG, and then upload it to Spoonflower.”
    BUT…I’m having trouble figuring out how to get it “exported” from Picasa. Where is the preview? Which program am I previewing in? I managed to figure out the rest of your directions but am stuck on this part. Also..how did you know how fat to make the grid lines while creating your collage?
    Thanks. I anticipate your prompt response. Again thank you thank you.

  • Hi everyone,
    I am yet to try this out….but I am not going to do it for tea towels.
    When my sister first found out that she was pregnant, she wrote me a handwritten letter to tell me. My God-daughter’s christening is coming up in a few weeks (in Ireland) and I am hoping to get my gift made on time (in Australia). I am planning on uploading the paragraph where she told me the great news and then typing the date under it on the same fabric, and then framing the sheet on a piece of wood, in a box frame.
    I am on a pretty low budget, and don’t want this picture to take over the entire baby’s room! Is there a way that I can just do a small version of my print? I don’t mind paying for a whole yard but I probably only want my design to use up a out a foot. Do I just keep the writing small and then let it repeat and cut it to the size I want?? I’m not very technical (as you can probably tell)!
    Thank you

  • Looks like this is 1.5 years old, but I’m going to try it. My daughter is moving to her first home and I think this would be a great gift for her. I have 4 generations of recipes – my grandmother’s, my mom’s, mine and some my daughter wrote when she was in high school. Hope I can get the sizing issues to work!

  • hi, I don’t have any of my grandma’s recipes but my mum had a book with all sweet recipes which is currently in my possession. i have another 4 siblings and I remember that each of them had thier favourite cake or biscuits from this book. i will make set of their 4 favourite recipes as i remember i never had any favourite, i loved them all????. i am the youngest 35 years old so this will be nice xmas present to honour our mum. we are all very closed but we will in 3 different continents so this will create another wonderful link among us all.thank you very much for sharing this idea.

  • I clicked on the link above to use the paint program you mentioned. But instead I ended up downloading ad ware. I still can’t get it off my computer. User beware!

  • I am confused I think I missed something? Does the company send the towels to you with the picture of your choice or do you need a special printer?

  • how did you get your final image to look so crisp and white despite all of the stains on the original? did you use something other than the retouch for specific areas? your entire background looks more clean than the original. i’m working on mine, and i can’t get the background to crisp up.

  • I just created some dishtowels of my own! I ended up using paint.net’s program instead of Picasa. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. They will be gifts for my mom, uncle, and myself, with my grandmother’s handwritten recipes.

  • I REALLY want to make these for my mother. I have the recipe cards and I made the collage without any problem. But I can’t for the life of me get the collage image to be the correct size. Can anyone help me resize my image in paint or picmonkey?

  • I was having the same problem. Try this: Open the file in Paint (the super simple program inn accessories) then You click on resize at the top. when the resize window opens click on pixels at the top of it and type in the 8100 x 5400. Then resave and open in spoonflower. This worked for me. Hope it was helpful.

  • I am way late to this discussion. I was wondering if these issues have been resolved. I am stuck in Picassa where I am supposed to choose Page Format. I can’t even find that anywhere. I have been working on this project for quite some time. I wanted it in time for a Christmas gift. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Debora Cadene

    Hi…I see nobody’s been here since last July, so my fingers are double crossed someone pops in anyhow. How did you get one recipie on a full tea towel. I’ve followed your directions, but I keep getting multiples and I truely only want the one collage on the page. Please help.
    Debora Cadene

  • Hello! Thank you for this idea, it’s such a wonderful keepsake! I am attempting to create my collage. I added the border and it appears when I look at the clip however when I add it to the collage, it’s only displaying the border on two sides, not all four. What am I doing wrong?

  • Spoonflower.com is a web company that prints custom fabric. They do the printing after you upload the design to their website.

  • I had the same problem, which I solved using Photoshop. I created a blank canvas in photoshop with the proper dimensions and dpi, then “placed” the Picasa collage I had made onto that canvas. I then saved the document as a PNG file, which I could upload into Spoonflower. Can’t wait to get off the computer and start stitching!

  • jbpectol@comcast.net

    I have got my collage made in Picasa. It looks fine in the 8.5 x 11 view but when I make it 54 x 36 inches it cuts the sides of the recipe off. No matter what I do it won’t let me center it in that view. Can you explain how you did that in picasa. thanks

  • molli06@live.com

    I read through the comments, great idea, but it sounds terribly complicated. My mom’s 5th year of passing is in Dec and ai would love to get my sister one of these! I am by no means a seamstress though. I am not a technology genious either. Did anyone figure an easier way for this?

  • LOVELY idea! and one I can share with my daughters and daughters-in-law…thank you for a great idea…

  • I love this idea and want to make these for my mom for Christmas. I’m a little hung up in the Picasa thing, though — how specifically do I get the colored grid lines on it?

  • Okay, when I put my pictures into a collage in Picasa they are getting cropped off. Any ideas?

  • I just received my order, I cannot wait to finish the towels for my mom for Christmas! What a great idea! I have recipes from her mother and two sisters, and a hand drawn bird that my great grandmother was known for. I can’t wait to see her reaction when she opens them! Thanks!

  • This is an awesome idea and since my husbands family is growing by too many “2 feet”‘s for me to afford enough gifts I like to find these kinds of projects, now everyone can have grandmother’s recipe for her enchilada’s and pound cake! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • I realize this is an older message but, what did you all come up with? I really didn’t understand all of the DPI or Pixels. Can I get a good camera, upload it tonSpoonflower & get 4-6 towels? I wish the told more on how to do this! I’m a step by step kinda girl.

  • I am confused on how to print to the towel. could you provide a little more info on that? thanks

  • Thank you for sharing this idea with us.I was wondering what I was going to do for my Momma. Now I know! What a special gift that will honor my grandma and I’m going to do this f or my daughter with my Momma s’ recipes.

  • I love this idea. I’ve been looking for some unique reward ideas for my novel’s kickstarter campaign – and this is just perfect. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Spoonflower (who owns the blog where you are posting) is a custom fabric printing company. They take ordinary image files which anyone, not just big corporations, can upload to their website and then they print those images onto various fabrics. They use great big industrial printers which are roughly similar to ordinary home inkjet printers in their operation.
    Unlike screen printing, where there’s a massive setup cost, an individual person can order just a small quantity of fabric (eg the fat quarter size necessary to make a tea towel) for a relatively competitive price. The downside is that the printed surface is shallower than the depth you get from screen printing or the total immersion of fabrics in dyes.

  • hello! Beautiful DIY this but maybe I missed a detail! I do not understand how you managed to transfer the written recipe on fabric?
    Would you be kind enough to me again? thanks and congratulations!

  • i made mine and got them back and like another said the towels are huge but the quality is amazing. I did them for my dad and it is either his moms or grandmothers handwriting he wasn’t sure.
    FYI each towel is 26″ x 17″ if you want to see how big that is

  • I finally got around to this project today. Creating the tea towels for my MIL. As the handwritten recipes I have are all various sizes I chose to type them out on recipe cards that I created. I did a recipe from each of her DIL, 1 from her mother and 1 from her MIL. I too, initially had the problem with my collage showing up in the middle of the example but went followed the instructions above to adjust the size. When I uploaded the picture the second time, it appeared to work correctly. Looking forward to seeing the final yard of fabric to make sure everything turned out well (I’m a bit worried about the it being blurry – it looked great on the picasa screen but who knows!).

  • If you haven’t already done so, you should probably read through the FAQs:
    http://www.spoonflower.com/help
    A single tea-towel design on a lone fat quarter of the linen-canvas would cost $14 dollars + postage/shipping (which varies according to where you are in the world). A set of 4 tea-towels would fit on a yard of fabric and the cost of that on linen-canvas is $27 + postage/shipping.
    If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, you might need to order a swatch proof ($5 + p&p) of part of the design to get the colours and line thicknesses etc right. However, you could also recruit the assistance of any friendly old-timers here to help you get it right first time. There are a lot of us on the flickr forum:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/spoonflower/

  • Could you give me an idea of how much this costs? Before I go through with the project, I need an estimate to see if I can swing it. It’s a wonderful idea and I would have to find a MAC somewhere and someone who understands the instructions…but I have a copy of my grandmother’s applesauce cake recipe we finally found on the front page of the cake section of one of her cookbooks…it would make an awesome gift for me and my sisters.

  • I am going to take photos of my Grandmother’s goodies and try and see if I can get the image perfect as well and oder some for my brothers homes. I was going to do her whole handwritten cookbook for each but I LOVE THIS!!!!
    Thanks
    Eunice

  • What a cool idea! Somewhere in my house is my late grandmother’s handwritten recipe for bread pudding. I love seeing her handwriting when I come across an old note I’ve saved, but those things are packed away somewhere. I would like to have them out and useful.

  • I love this idea and really want to get this for my mom as a christmas gift. however, I am NOT a crafter—is there anyway to have one made? if so, what costs would be involved? how long would it take? any advice would be greatly appreciated