how to frame dishtowels (a tutorial)

For my birthday this year, my mother-in-law gifted me some flour sack dishtowels from one of my favorite Etsy shops-Oh, Little Rabbit. I loved them so much, I decided to use them as wall art!



Much cheaper than prints, I am so happy with the results.
Start with a dishtowel (or two…or three)…

Take out the cardboard backing from your frame and wrap the dishtowel around it.

Using painters tape, tape the dishtowel to your backing, pulling the towel taut as you tape….

Why painters tape? As much as I like to change things up and switch things out in my home, I didn’t want to make it so I couldn’t use these towels as, well, dishtowels again in the future. I can easily unframe, untape, and no harm would have been done to them.

Insert the backing (on top of the glass) into your frame, and continue to tape so that no excess fabric is hanging from the frame.

After I hung the frame back on the wall, I noticed the frame didn’t lay flat against the wall…

A little bit of foam tape on the bottom corner of the frame fixed that.


What’s your favorite non-traditional item to frame up?
Wallpaper, fabric, dishtowels…would love to know!

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  1. Lovely! I think vintage handkerchiefs can also look gorgeous framed especially if you can have a group of them together….

  2. SO doing this when I get some frames…those dishtowels are adorable 😀

  3. Fabulous idea. I just won some fabby dishtowels. I’ve got to try this for sure. :)

  4. I’ve framed lots of different things but never dishtowels. Thanks for the new idea. A few of my favorite things to frame are postcards and beautiful wrapping paper.

  5. How pretty…I love how they look in that cozy corner!

  6. What a great idea! I have some fabric pieces that I would love to frame and you’ve given me a fine tutorial on how to do so. Thanks!

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE these. I did something similar by wrapping a cool table cloth around a simple wooden frame that I made to make a huge wall hanging for cheap. Ya I thought my table cloth was cool but I think your tea towels are AMAZING!

  8. I am echoing Amy’s “Love Love Love” comment!!!! This is something I’d never think of doing but it’s a pretty simple way of giving your home some art! :)

  9. This is a great idea. My mom has a ton of vintage napkins that either have adorable designs stamped/painted on them, or very fine, detailed embroidery and crochet. They would be so beautiful to display like this! Thank you for the inspiration! By the way, I think your mason jar dishtowel is sooo cute!