Dip Dyes Stars and Stripes Hand Towels

Ahh! Memorial day is just around the corner and the start of all things summer will officially begin! I love this time of year and 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  I decided to get into the summer spirit and whip up a few of these hand towels with the help of Rit dye! They were so easy to make I made a few in an afternoon…in my kitchen sink. Want to make a few of your own?

I started with flour sack towels. You can find them in most stores where they have kitchen towels. I found mine in a  5 pack for less than 4 dollars.

The night before:


Lay out your towels and using Elmer’s Gel clear glue draw your designs with the glue.  I made stars at the end of one towel and stripes on the other. Allow the glue to dry overnight.

The next day:

Prep your area. I have no yard and I live in a condo so unfortunately I can’t do this outside. I opted to use my kitchen sink.



First up, I used the Royal Blue Rit dye. I followed the directions on the back of the Rit Dye container.  I filled up a bucket with hot water and added my blue dye.


Place your towels in the water and let them soak for about 10 minutes. I wanted to have an ombre effect so I pulled the towels up a little bit every 10 minutes or so.  The towels soaked in the dye for about 40 minutes.


After 40 minutes, I lined the entire basin of my sink with tin foil.  This helped keep the majority of dye off the sink itself. It’s not 100% I did have residue of dye underneath the tin foil but I was able to wipe it up easily with a little soap and bleach. It did help the cleanup process go smoother.


I repeated the steps again with the Candy Apple Red Rit Dye.

I hand washed them with a little detergent and set them out to dry.  Done.


I love how they turned out!

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I think they will be perfect for my summer bbq parties!