Hand Stamped Linen Dish Towel Tutorial

The holidays are just around the corner and that means parties! Whether you’re entertaining and in need of some festive decor, or require a quick holiday party gift, a dish towel is the easiest project to whip up in minutes! I needed a Yankee Swap gift for a family party this past weekend and went with a hand stamped linen towel and a jar of Blaak Onion Jam from Beekman as my gift. By switching up the colors or the stamp design, this project will fit any occasion, in any season. The key is the easy to use fabric ink pads and mastering the mitered handkerchief hem.

So let’s jump right in and make a dish towel!

Towel with Jam on Box


  • 16″x26″ piece of heavy linen (7 or 8oz works best, I used Warsa in Lime from Gray Line Linens)
  • 1 1/2″x8″ piece of matching linen
  • Rubber stamp (I used a feather I had on hand. To find something similar check out Ebay)
  • VersaCraft Fabric Ink Pad
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins

1. Pre-wash your fabric! This is so important and so often skipped. You need to pre-wash your fabric so that it shrinks and won’t do so later on once everything’s all put together. Wash and dry the fabric and then iron completely flat, remove any lint, and lay on a hard flat (and protected!) surface.

2. Carefully print an all over and even pattern using the rubber stamp and fabric ink pad.

Step 1 Stamp Towel

3. Let the ink dry for a few minutes and then heat set with a hot dry iron following the manufacturer’s instructions that come with the ink pad.

4. Fold in and pin the side hems following my Basic Skills – Handkerchief Hem post but do not stitch just yet. Once the sides and corners are pinned, set the towel aside.

Step 2 Miter Hems

5. With the iron on high, fold the 8″ sides of the small linen strip in 1/4″ each and press flat. Next, fold the strip in half, press, and then stitch closed, as close to the edge as possible.

Step 3 Make Hanger

6. Lay the strip down over one corner of the towel on the back side. Trim the edges to fit the width and angle of the dish towel. Slip the ends of the strip under the hems on the towel and pin down.

Step 4 Attach Hanger

7. Stitch all the way around as close to the inside of the hem as possible, back stitching a few times over the hanger ends to secure. Finally, unpin the towel and press flat. You will notice the linen has a tendency to wrinkle easily but with each wash it becomes softer and softer and loses that penchant for wrinkles.

Finished Towel

Let me know how it turns out or if you have any questions in the comment section below!

Have fun and enjoy!



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September 3, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Maryse Malone - I do love yor patterns BUT it would be so much better if I could pin them. Thanks.

September 4, 2014 - 12:34 AM

Lucy Blaire - Thank you so much! At the bottom of each post there is a “Pin It” button that will let you pin photos or illustrations from the post. I hope that helps!

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