DIY Recipe Dish Towels! Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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DIY Recipe Dish Towel that is a great gift idea, inexpensive Mother's Day gift idea or keepsake!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve got a GREAT, inexpensive Mother’s Day gift idea for those of you that just don’t know what to get your mom for Mother’s Day! It’s easy, involves very little skill and it’s really inexpensive. What more could you ask for? Well, mom will love it too which is also important! It will be a personal gift that speaks to her heart!

Make your own personalized dish towels

To make these recipe dish towels you’ll need some white flour sack kitchen towels which cost me $3.99 for a 4 pack, a black, permanent fabric marker (or a Sharpie if you are in a bind but a permanent fabric marker works better), and a favorite family recipe. Don’t forget to grab some fun items to pair with your recipe dish towels once you’re finished.

Wrap them along with a fun tray for next to the sink and some Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap (isn’t that color gorgeous?). Another fun idea to include with your gift is a stainless steel Rub Away Bar which works great to remove smells like garlic or onion from your hands after you chop them! These are all unique gifts that your mom probably doesn’t own already which makes them an extra special gift!

recipe on a dish towel how to

To create the towels you will need to first choose a special family recipe. You can decide whether you further personalize this towel by tracing the handwriting from your recipe or re-writing it in your own writing. If you have a special recipe from Grandma then it’s an extra special touch to trace her recipe so your mom has a piece of history on her towel.

If you choose to trace the recipe you will need to place the towel over the recipe and hold it up to a window so you can see through it and trace over it. If you do this I find it easiest to tape the recipe to a large window and hold the towel tightly over the recipe and trace slowly and carefully.

Alternatively, you can re-write the recipe in your own writing. Either way make sure the towel is held taught so it doesn’t move and mess up your writing. You may want to iron it before you begin but if you hate ironing as much as I do then it’s totally not an essential step 🙂

Personalized Flour Sack Towels Idea

When writing your recipe ensure that you place it in the center of the towel if you divide it in thirds width-wise and half way down length-wise. To find the best place to write your recipe just fold your towel as if to hang it on the stove handle. The area of the towel that shows while hanging is where you want to write your recipe.

Palmolive MultiSurface

I chose to do 3-4 different towels, each with a special recipe. Then I bound them with twine for a special touch!

Palmolive Multi-Surface at Walmart

I also included Palmolive® Multi Surface because it is my favorite dish soap! Not only does it power through my dishes with little effort on my part, but it also works great at cleaning the surfaces in my kitchen! Having only 1 product for your kitchen cleaning needs can be a huge time-saver, meaning more ‘me-time’ for you and mom to relax! Not only that but I think it’s the prettiest color dish soap available 🙂

Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces and can be found at Walmart in the dish detergent section.

How to write on dish towels

If you’d like some other fun ideas of what to pair with your recipe dish towels consider tucking a whisk under the twine in your bundle or include some measuring cups! Another fun idea is to include some of the ingredients. For example I could pair my chocolate chip cookie recipe towel with a bag of gourmet chocolate chips!

Easy to Make Recipe Dish Towels


What are some of your favorite inexpensive Mother’s Day gift ideas?


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That is a cute idea. I would love that 🙂

  2. Oh that is an awesome Mother’s day gift idea! I love the recipe on the dishtowel Idea! 1 she gets a new recipe and 2. it’s super cute!

  3. This is such a cute idea. I need to try to make these for my mom.

  4. What a great idea! The best gifts for me are drawings from my daughters and breakfast in bed!

    • I agree! Great gift ideas! You could even let your kids draw a picture on a dish towel to gift to Grandma!

  5. Carrie says:

    Super cute idea, very fun!

  6. Shauna says:

    What a fun gift idea. I would never have thought about it. SO FUN!!!! Thanks for sharing

  7. This is such a great idea! I love this because it’s very unique. I love to give out gifts that are very different. I’ll have to try this out. Thank you!

  8. Oh that is such cute idea. I have never even seen towels like that.

  9. I have never seen towels like this before!! This is such a neat gift idea, and i love how it can be customized so easily!

  10. This is such a great idea! I want it for myself and to give as a gift.

  11. The towels are cool, but the stainless steel bar to take odor from the hands, I need to find that, pronto.

  12. These are so cute! I would love to have one in my Mom and Grandmothers handwriting!

    • Yes, if you can get your hands on your mom or Grandma’s writing it really makes these a unique keepsake!

  13. This is such a great idea. I would love to give this to my kids. I would do a few of their favorite recipes on them.

  14. That sounds great! Knowing my luck though the recipe I was looking for would be on the dish towel I used yesterday and is in the laundry!

  15. Who needs cookbooks? Just write your recipes on the dish towels! Love it!

  16. That’s a neat idea! I would have never have thought of this!

  17. I absolutely love this idea! This would make a really cute teacher’s gift.

  18. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love that these would make great gifts! I must make some soon!

  19. This is a fantastic idea for Mothers Day. I have a few recipes my Mom would like. This is such a simple idea i will have to do it.

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