Heirloom Recipe Dish Towel

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Take an family recipe and preserve the memory and handwriting on a dish towel. I made these for my aunts and uncles using my grandparent’s recipes.
This project is easy, costs less than $3, and only about 10-15 minutes to make.
First you’ll need to either scan or take a photo of your recipe card to make it digital, and crop it to your liking.


You’ll need to copy and paste the photo onto a Word Doc or something else of your choice. You’ll follow the directions on your iron on transfer paper, mine asked me to flip the image. That was easy as you just drag it across and it flips for you in Word.
I’m using a light colored dish towel so I can use iron on transfer paper for light fabrics. They sell iron on transfers for dark fabrics too – they are different so make sure you get what you need.


Print your image onto the transfer paper by following the printer instructions on the package.
Cut your image out.


I’m using a 100% cotton dish towel. You can find them in packages at Walmart.
Follow your package instructions for your iron settings. Mine said to make sure the steam was off, and turn it to cotton setting.
Wash and dry your fabric to get it ready. Iron your dish towel to get rid of wrinkles.
Place your image on the dish towel where you want it to go.


Iron the transfer onto the dish towel. Follow your transfer paper instructions for length of time.
  • Let it cool
Peel off the iron on transfer paper backing.
You’re done.
Hang your towel up and enjoy using it, or give it as a gift.

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  1. What a great idea, Chas! My problem is that I make a goulash that everyone loves, BUT I don’t exactly use a recipe. I use 1 lb. of ground turkey, a chopped onion and some chopped garlic, then I add chopped celery and chopped bell peppers (green, and/or yellow, orange, and red), salt & pepper, a large jar of home-canned tomatoes and a couple of bay leaves along with a spoonful of Turmeric (for the heath benefits). After that’s cooked, I add cooked elbow noodles – and it’s done. I have no idea why everyone thinks it’s so special, but they do. I made it for lunch yesterday. Each of my grandkids had a bowl of it and gobbled it down. During the afternoon, my granddaughter had THREE bowls for “snacks”! Maybe next time I should measure things. LOL 😉

    1. Thank you Linda 🙂 I love goulash too! My friend just made it and gave me some – delicious! Your recipe sounds fantastic. If you do measure it, I’ll take that recipe 🙂 Sounds like your family wouldn’t mind having it too. It’s always better when someone else makes it thought … not sure why that is. Hugs

  2. I have my grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s recipe cards and have wanted to do something like this for years. How does it wash up? Does it need to treated special or can it just be thrown in the washer and dryer?

    1. So far mine are holding up pretty well. I just wash and dry them as usual, but if you wanted to be extra cautious you could wash and then air dry.

    1. Oh I love that Roseann – such a great idea 🙂

  3. I love this idea for gifts! It would be extra special.

    1. Thank you Keri. I made a bunch of these for my aunts and uncles with my grandma’s recipe. Oh the stories I received in return… priceless.

  4. That’s such a lovely idea. I used one of my Nan’s recipes to make some art for the kitchen once, so this is right up my street!

    1. Thank you Julie, I just love having a way to preserve memories and enjoy them everyday. 🙂

  5. What a great idea. This is perfect for a birthday or holiday gift. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  6. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It. You’re one of my features today!

    1. Thank you Lina, and thank you so much for the feature!!! I truly appreciate it!.

  7. This is a great idea! I made a Christmas ornament from one of my mom’s old recipe cards this fall, and I think a towel like this would be the perfect companion!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thanks Richella and I love the companion idea! Brillant!!! Thank you so much for the feature, I truly appreciate it!

  8. My family is losing our mom and uncle to very old age. I have my grandmother’s recipe cards also mother in laws and I will get my moms! I have many family members who would love this. It will help the 2019 Christmas holiday with a gift like this. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Thank you for sharing Leigh and I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m glad a gift like this would be nice for your family. I did send all my aunts and uncles recipes of my grandparents on both sides and they loved them. What I didn’t expect was the stories I got back about their memory of that particular recipe. That was a gift in return for myself.

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