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Stenciled Hand Towels


Tools and Materials
Hand towel (flat weave)
Sheet of paper
Letter stencil
Tamping brush
Fabric paint

Towel How-To
1. Lay towel over sheet of paper.

2. Choose a letter stencil.

3. Position stencil on flat-weave towel, and tape stencil to towel.

4. Use a tamping brush to apply a light coat of washable fabric paint.

5. Let dry for several hours without removing stencil.

6. Apply another coat of paint.

7. Lift stencil to reveal letter.

8. Iron on a hot setting to set paint.

Stencils are available at most major crafts stores. Martha used Lettering-Script (#3116), from Designer Stencils ( Towels are from Libeco Lagae Homestores ( The fabric paint Martha used is Jacquard Textile Colors (#01208-1009), from This craft was featured in Martha Stewart Living, February 2004.


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The Martha Stewart Show, May 2006