DIY 10 Minute Ombre Tea Towel

Hi All!

Our 10 minute DIY Project Hop is steadily becoming my favorite time of the month!  I love seeing all the amazing things that can be made in such a short amount of time!  Proving that great DIY doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming.

So what did I make for this months 10 minute Spring Project Hop?  An adorable tea towel of course!  I took a regular old flour sack tea towel and freshened it up with some tassel trim and a fun pop of color.  Not only are they super fast to make but they make the perfect DIY Gift for Mothers Day!

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Tiny Tea Tin Planter – by Brittany G

Ombré Tea Towels – Pocketful of Posies

Spring Hoop Wreath – Love, Create, Celebrate

Modern Door Hanger – DNA Designs

Now you may remember last month our Create and Share Challenge group used Shibori Dye to create something beautiful?  Well the nice thing about mixing up fabric dye is you tend to have some left over.  Which is exactly what happened to me and since I try really hard to get the most out of everything I didn’t want it to go to waste.   So I used this left over dye to make a few other projects and this Ombre Tea Towel is one of those!

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Now I am not sure if it is because my dye mixture was getting old or it was just getting weak from being used so many times.  But I actually ended up with this really pretty chambray color instead of the darker indigo I was expecting.   While this was originally an accident, it turned out to be a very happy accident!   If you are interested in more of a chambray color, I would recommend using about 1/4 of the dye and chemicals with 1 gallon of water from my Small Batch Shibori Dye Recipe.



To make this adorable Ombre Tea Towel I first had to add the tassel trim.  To do this I simply laid out my towel and started pinning the tassel trim to it.

You want to have enough trim to wrap around both edges when sewing.  This keeps the trim securely in place and keeps you from having any weird endings.

Once I was finished adding my tassel I removed the string that keeps all the tassels in place.   It is very important to do this before you dye or you will have a weird dye pattern.

Now it was time to dye my towel!  Since I already had dye mixed from a different project I didn’t have to spend any time on this.   To get ready for this I first soaked my towel in water.  Because I wanted and Ombre effect I only dunked the lower edge.

After ringing out the excess water I dipped the end of my towel into the dye.  Because my dye was weak I let is soak for 5 minutes.  Slowly pulling it out so only the ends were in the dye for the full time period.

Finally I let is dry/oxidize for about 10 minutes while I cleaned up.  Then rinsed and let it air dry.   Are you ready to see how it turned out?

Just beautiful if you ask me!!  The chambray color is perfect and I am totally in love with the texture!

I hope you all enjoyed my 10 minute DIY Ombre Tea Towel! Don’t forget to check out all the other beautiful 10 minute Spring Projects!

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2 thoughts on “DIY 10 Minute Ombre Tea Towel

  1. What a beautiful way to transform the ordinary and make it extraordinary AND a perfect Mother’s day…I mean who doesn’t want/need something useful and beautiful?!
    My question is this…how has it fared after multiple washings? What kind of fading and bleeding should I be looking for?

    1. Hi Michelle!

      It did fade slightly after my first wash, which I expected. So I made sure to wash it alone. After that I haven’t had any more trouble with fading or bleeding. But I’ll admit, I use the more as a pretty towel than an everyday one. At my house I have to be very specific between the two or my hubby will use it to clean up spaghetti sauce lol 🙂

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