Anthropologie Inspired Mr. & Mrs. Dishtowels

Katie from View From The Fridge back today with a quick, easy, and super INEXPENSIVE project.  It’s perfect for those newlyweds in your life (or soon-to-be newlyweds).

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels .  Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

My cousin is getting married in a couple weeks, and for his soon-to-be-wife’s bridal shower, I wanted something a little fun thrown in with the kitchen utensils she had registered for.  Now … I know, as a bride, you really appreciate when people spend their money on the things you want (i.e. the things off your registry).  I did this … and, for a little personality, made these towels and only spent $1 extra on ’em.

Let me repeat.

$1.

The whole idea was inspired by these cute Anthro dishtowels … that cost $42.  

Anthropologie Mr & Mrs Dishtowels

Anthropologie Mr & Mrs Dishtowels

That seemed (and still does seem) crazy ridiculous expensive for these towels.  Bet you can guess my next thought … these would be easy enough to DIY, right?

Turns out, yes, they are very simple to DIY.  However, things don’t always turn out exactly as planned!

Plan A … print the Mrs. and Mr. words onto iron-on transfer paper, iron and apply to cheap potato sack towels … finished!  I am a huge fan of transfer paper  (check out my Anthro inspired ‘You Are My Sunshine’ pillow here).

Well … I created the text in Picmonkey.  It’s not exactly the same font as the Anthro towels, but I liked it, and it’s close enough (in my book)!

Here are the two files … Mr. and Mrs. text.

So … I was ready to print the text onto the transfer sheets … and then the ink in my printer ran out.

Huh.

And because I am alway doing everything last minute, there was not time for Amazon to deliver more (shower was the next morning) so I ran to my hubby’s office to use his printer.

Well … apparently, he has a laser printer, and the transfer paper I had only worked with InkJets.

Huh.

With the bridal shower the following day … I improvised.  Turns out … they ended up working great … maybe even better than with transfer paper?!?!

Plan B …

I broke out my black sharpie (we all have one of these, right?), and simply ‘drew’ the text onto the towels.  Simple as that.

Here’s the whole step-by-step …

You’ll need:

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels .  Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

SUPPLIES

  • Potato Sack Towels (I bought a pack of 4 at Target for $3.99).  You only need 1 of these towels for both finished towels.
  • Mr. and Mrs. text printed off on regular paper (click here and here for the two text images I used).
  • Black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine OR Liquid Stitch

Step 1:  Cut one of the potato sack towels in half (the whole towel was just too bulky to display properly).

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

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 Step 2:  Fold over the rough (just cut) end, and either sew with a zig-zag stitch OR apply liquid stitch and iron edge to prevent fraying.

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

Finish edge with either a Zig Zag stitch or by applying liquid stitch

Step 3:  Place printout under one of the halves and position in the center and near one edge:

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

Lay print out under

 

Step 4:  Using fine point sharpie, trace word onto towel.

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

Trace

 

Step 5:  Fill in the word with Sharpie:

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

Fill it

 

Step 6:  Repeat process for the MR towel:

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

Repeat

 

Step 7:  Iron (if desired), and display (if they’re for you).

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Or wrap up and gift (if they’re for those newlyweds):

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

Wrap it up!

 

Now … let’s compare the inspiration with the DIY side by side:

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

Not bad, eh?

For $1 they add a perfect little ‘custom’ and ‘thoughtfulness’ to your gift (with also allowing you to spend your money on the items they registered for … and really want).

Anthropologie Inspired Mr. and Mrs. Dishtowels . Perfect bridal shower or wedding shower present!

 

Glad to be here today!  I have a thing for Anthropologie Knock Offs … you can check out more of them here.  Until next month, y’all!  In the meantime, stop by and say hello over on View From The Fridge!

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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. This just happened to correspond to when they purchased their current home. She wanted a place to share their updates, projects, lessons learned, and all her DIY crafts. Her husband is a Financial Advisor, therefore all of their projects are always on a budget (which is usually a lot less than she would prefer … but she loves a challenge). Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she's not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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Comments

  1. SUPER cute! She’ll love them! I’ve got a few HUGE tea towels upstairs that I haven’t really been able to use for anything but I think you’ve just sparked some inspiration!

    Thank you for making the point about people buying off the list! I can remember a few people who went rogue on our gifts and I was thankful it was just the Mr and I opening presents alone where we could screech in horror properly.