Friday, September 13, 2013

Family Recipe Card Tea Towel

 As a love of all things 'old recipes,' when I saw the idea for scanning and enlarging family recipe cards at thekitchen I knew I had to add this to my list of things I must do.  Now. I adapted it a little.  The original instructions have you scan the recipe and blow it up to poster size.  I took several recipe cards and just blew them up to the size of one page and put them all on one tea towel.  I could have done this and made each one it's own tea towel, but....I didn't.
I actually made this first one for a friend.  I showed her the project and she had recipe cards from each of her grandmothers and one of her great grandmothers.  I borrowed the cards and scanned them.  I love their hand writing.  One drew a little holly leave in the corner, another had a small stain (that scanned) from years of use.  Be still, my vintage loving heart.
 After I scanned it I blew it up to fit onto an 8x10 piece of paper and then I bought some of this transfer paper at the craft store (it's 10 dollars for 10 sheets-so use a coupon and DON'T make the mistake I always make...which is to print if off 'normal.'  You have to rotate it horizontally.  The programs come with free programs that will do this for you when you upload your picture, or you can rotate pictures in Word as well...
See....the first one is done wrong, the one on the right is done correctly b/c you are going to iron it down and transfer the print to the fabric, so you need the mirror image.  
 
I bought some feed sake/tea towels at the craft store as well.  They are huge, so I actually trimmed and sewed it down so it was just large enough to hold the recipes.  
 Follow the instructions and iron it, print side facing down....
 Ta da....
 Ta da da....
 You get the point...
 I used some of that extra fabric to sew a little strip of fabric across one of the corners at the top for hanging...
See....

3 comments:

James Hampton said...

It’s a great choice. The products are awesome. However I would like to mention that handwritten recipe cards do have a personal touch to it. Wouldn’t you agree?

Regina Sanders said...

I don't understand how to get the mirror image when you scan your recipe cards to uses that mirror image when transferring? Please describe.

Regina Sanders said...

I don't understand how to get the mirror image when you scan your recipe cards to uses that mirror image when transferring? Please describe.