Easy DIY Citrus Stamped and Embroidered Tea Towels

July 28, 2015Sarah Khandjian

How cute is this dish towel? Learn how easy it is to make in this step by step tutorial.

My fridge is always stocked with Natalie’s and I’m slowly convincing all my friends to keep their fridge stocked with it too! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know that I’m a self labeled orange juice snob (if there is such a think) and I just adore Natalie’s fresh squeezed juices. So I thought it was fitting that our kitchen had a citrus tea towel that was just as colorful as my favorite juices!

You don’t need fancy embroidery skills to create this adorable dish towel. Just a simple straight stitch is all you need to know to make these colorful towels!

Natalie's fresh squeezed juices are as delicious as this DIY tea towel! Click through to learn how to make it.

You only need a few craft supplies to create your own citrus printed dish towels. Click through for the tutorial.

Time: 1 hour + drying time
: cotton tea towels / fabric paint or craft paint + fabric medium / kitchen sponge / scissors / embroidery floss / needle

Cut a kitchen sponge into a circle to create a citrus stamp.

Step 1: Cut a large kitchen sponge in half and then cut each half into a circle. Cut the circles in half to create semi-circles.

A plain dish sponge becomes a citrus stamp when it's cut into a moon shape.

Step 2: Pour paint onto a palette or paper tray and dip one side of the sponge into the paint. Press down on the towel to create a stamped shape. If it didn’t fill in as much as you wanted, add more paint and re-stamp it. Repeat this, alternating colors along the bottom edge of the towel.

Allow the paint to dry completely. If you’re as impatient as I am, grab your hair dryer and dry the paint in a couple minutes.

A simple straight stitch is all you need to know to create these adorable citrus towels.

Step 3: Use embroidery floss that’s slightly darker than the paint colors. Cut about a 30″ piece of floss and thread your needle. Tie a knot at the end and use a straight stitch to create the “peel” along the round edge of the shape.

A simple straight stitch is all you need to know to create these adorable citrus towels.

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Step 4: Once you’ve completed the edge, bring the needle up through the bottom of the fabric in the center of the straight edge. Stitch diagonal lines from the center out towards the round edge to create the citrus segments. When you’re done, end on the back side of the fabric and tie a knot. Repeat this with the other shapes until you’re done!

Most fabric paints and craft paints mixed with fabric medium must be heat set before being washable. Follow the directions on the paint bottle to ensure your design won’t wash away in the washer!

If you love fresh citrus juice then you have to try Natalie's rainbow of freshly squeezed juices.

Want to see what other delicious recipes and DIY’s I’ve made with Natalie’s fresh juices? Check them out here.

This post is sponsored by Natalie’s Juice. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep Sarah Hearts going!

Nail color: Marilyn Monroe gel in Flirty | Flatware: West Elm


  • Rachel | The Crafted Life

    July 29, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Super cute Sarah! Love that this embroidery is do-able and won’t take all day!

    1. Sarah

      July 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks so much girl!

  • Bre

    July 29, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    These are so cute!! Love the colors and I can’t believe you used a regular old sponge!

    1. Sarah

      August 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Bre! It’s always fun being able to use up supplies you have on hand, like a kitchen sponge, in a new way!

  • Cyd

    July 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

    These are so so cute! I am loving the mix of paint and embroidery. Genius!

    1. Sarah

      August 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Cyd! xo

  • Lindsay – Shrimp Salad Circus

    July 31, 2015 at 10:20 am

    The embroidery is such a perfect touch to take it to the next level!

    1. Sarah

      August 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Lindsay!

  • Lindsay

    August 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I love this tutorial! I’ve added it into my roundup found here http://www.babybugjournals.com/roundups

    1. Sarah

      August 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Jenny Hendriksen

    August 5, 2015 at 9:03 am

    These are just the cutest!! Can’t wait to make them :)

    1. Sarah

      August 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Jenny! Please share a photo with #sarahhearts if you do!

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