Useful Mementos: How To Turn Handwritten Recipes Into Tea Towels

Useful Mementos: How To Turn Handwritten Recipes Into Tea Towels

Anjali Prasertong
Jul 31, 2012

Old handwritten family recipe cards too often spend most of their time hidden away in boxes. Why not turn your most treasured handwritten recipes into beautiful, useful tea towels that can be displayed and enjoyed every day? The Spoonflower blog has a tutorial on how to do it using their custom fabric printing service.

The tutorial comes from Emma Jeffery of the blog Hello Beautiful, who decided to turn a few of her grandmother's recipes into tea towels for herself and her mother. Not only are the recipes precious, they are also one of the few remaining examples of her grandmother's handwriting, making these towels even more special.

Spoonflower is a service that allows you to upload images and design your own fabric, which is printed and shipped to you. Jeffery used Picasa to lay out the scanned images of the recipes and had them printed onto a yard of linen-cotton canvas, which she cut and hemmed. Another bonus: unlike the original recipe cards, the towels can easily be replaced if needed.

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.
Check it out: How to Turn Handwritten Recipes Into Tea Towels at Spoonflower

Do you have any ideas for displaying handwritten recipe cards?

Related: Smart, Beautiful Recipe Journals from Rag & Bone Bindery

(Images: Emma Jeffery/Spoonflower)

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