Freckles in April: The Flour Sack Project

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Flour Sack Project

I have a kind of crazy love for flour sack dishtowels. I'll sprinkle one with flour and lay pasta to dry. I always use one to cover rising loaves of bread. When we're having a really messy dinner and a regular bib won't cut it I'll use one to cover as much of Baby 2 as possible. They are such a fantastic kitchen tool.

At some point I realized they might also have some pretty good crafting applications as well. I use them for kid projects all the time and started getting inspired for other DIYs as well.

Have I mentioned that you can get a four pack for $1 at the dollar store?

So a couple weeks ago I forked over my hard-earned dollar and got started on various projects. And, of course, I will be blogging about them. I hope you can contain your excitement.

The first project I'm going to share with you is super easy. The next one involves sewing AND painting so soak up the simplicity while you can.

Furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping technique that uses squares of fabric to wrap gifts or create totes to carry things. I think it feels rather fancy and is super fun in prints (plus: good karma for being eco friendly!). You can find directions for the otsukai tsutsumi (the wrap I did) and a whole bunch of other ones here.

It was a lucky thing that I had these dishtowels on hand. Furoshiki wasn't what I had in mind for this project but a sweet friend is having a baby girl soon and it turned out I wasn't going to be able to attend her baby shower (go and see what I missed. I was really sad) and I told her I'd drop by with my gift. Ten minutes before I needed to leave I realized that I had NO non-Christmas wrapping paper. Flour sack dishtowel to the rescue! Her gift was neatly wrapped AND she got a new dishtowel in the process. I added some girly ribbon and a little hang tag and had enough time to snap a picture before walking out the door. Easy!


  1. Fun idea. I have great memories with these towels at my grandma's house waiting for her yummy orange rolls to rise that were covered with towels by the heater. Ah.

  2. I LOVE flour sacks! I printed some cute images from The Graphics Fairy and ironed them on to a few sacks as a Mother's Day gift. She loved them, and it cost be about $5! Flour sacks rock :)

  3. and i loved the wrapping! it was perfect. thanks again, kayla.

  4. What dollar store?! I have been looking.


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