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Anthropologie Inspired Fringed Feather Dishtowels

July 29, 2014
Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

A couple things I’m excited about this morning … 

#1.  My flowers didn’t die while we were on vacation (even with no rain and no watering).  I think I’ve trained them well for neglect.

#2.  Ben’s 2 month shots are over (O, how I HATE that appointment … makes me cry every time).

#3.  My bloggy friend, Melissa George from A Prudent Life, is here today guest posting!!  (Love her blog and all her work)

#4.  She is sharing an Anthropologie Knock Off … my favorite kind of project!

I’ll let her get right to it …

Hi there View From the Fridge readers! I’m Melissa from A Prudent Life and I’m so excited to be visiting Katie’s blog. I adore her AND all of her creative projects! I’m going to be sharing a project today that ANYONE who can write an I and a V can recreate for just a few dollars.

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

I saw the Fringed Feather dishtowels on Anthropologies website and thought they’d be great for fall, but I certainly couldn’t rationalize spending $18 a towel. Instead, I DIY’d them. Actually, I couldn’t decide if they would look better done with paint or a fabric Sharpie, so I DIY’d them twice!

No fancy tools or supplies are needed. Target & Wal-Mart both sell white flour sack towels in packages that cost $1/towel. So much better than $18! You’ll also need tape and either fabric paint or a fabric Sharpie. And that’s it!

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

You’ll want to put a layer of newspaper or kraft paper on your table before starting in case the paint soaks through the towel. To keep the towel straight while you are working, make sure you tape it to your surface.

Normally, I can’t freehand a straight line AT ALL. They end up crooked every time. But I had a plan! I used masking tape every inch or so to make guide lines. It was surprisingly easy to make all my vertical lines in between each section of tape. I made all the lines before starting any of the feathers.

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

For the feathers, I just drew a gazillion little V’s over each of the lines. The guide tape helped me keep all the V’s roughly the same size. Luckily, the Anthropologie version wasn’t perfect, so it really took the pressure off me!

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

The v/feathering step is the one that makes the Sharpie version the clear winner. The photo above was done with the fabric paint. As you can see, the paint sits on top of the towel, which makes it REALLY hard to not get your hand in the paint while working on each row. The dry time is about four hours and I definitely don’t have the patience to wait four hours between each row.

Plus, the Sharpie looks more natural and like it is printed on the fabric, as you can see below.

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

When I peeled the tape off, I was so happy to see that my plan worked! The lines are spaced pretty darn evenly apart considered they were free-hand and no measuring tape was ever used in this project!

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

In the image below, you can see the paint version on the left and the Sharpie version on the right. I can’t wait until it’s time to decorate for fall – these will definitely be hanging out in the kitchen! Now that I realized fabric Sharpie’s exist, and that they work great on towels, I can wait to try other designs!

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

I’m so grateful Katie invited me for a visit! I’d love you guys to pop over to A Prudent Life and check out some of my other projects.

Katie here again … how great was that project.  And to think Anthro charges $17 to put those feathers on its towels!! Jeez!!  (Side Note:  I’ll gladly draw on feathers if someone wants to pay me $17 per towel!).

Melissa’s blog, A Prudent Life, has all kinds of thrifty tips, tricks, and DIY tutorials to help you be … well… more prudent (very fitting name, huh).  

Like these Kate Spade Inspired Wine Tags:



and this DIY Shimtack Sunburst Mirror


And basically this whole space is one thrifty, creative (and very pretty) idea after another:


So … stop over and say hello to Melissa or keep up with her here:

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And … as always, thanks for stopping by!




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  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast July 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

    This is one of my favorite series on your blog because I LOVE anthro but can’t afford to buy everything there. This turned out soooo good! I want to make it.
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  • Reply Sarah Nenni Daher July 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Melissa, you did such a great job with these towels! I saw these and thought the same thing (about the cost) but it never occurred to me to whip out the Sharpie.

    I’m your newest follower and can’t wait to see what you do next!
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  • Reply Agy July 30, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Anthro goods are pretty but so expensive! Love your tutorial – in fact, the towels look pretty even with the washi tape on them :-)
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  • Reply Katie @ Little House of Four July 30, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Hi Melissa! I love these towels. So simple and easy, yet they look expensive. Great job!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney July 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    These are so cool, I’m going to have to make some myself. Looks pretty easy to do. I love that’s it’s on a budget as well. Great idea Melissa!!
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  • Reply Lyndsay @ The Happy Chateau July 31, 2014 at 7:03 am

    So cute! I love a good knock-off, and these couldn’t be simpler! I think these would make a great last-minute gift too. Thanks for the idea!
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  • Reply Lauren August 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Genius! I have a pack of flour sack towels just waiting to be decorated. I think I’ll do the sharpie idea! Thanks!
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    • Reply Katie August 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Thanks, Lauren! I just love this knock off, too! Melissa had a great idea! Thanks for stopping by!

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