20 November 2014

Handmade Holidays - Modern Stenciled Breadcloths

A favorite holiday tradition in our family is crafting freshly baked breads. A warm loaf tucked in brown paper and wrapped in a linen cloth makes a simple yet thoughtful gift. 

But when I want my gift to be just a bit more meaningful, a stencilled breadcloth is the perfect way to take that simple gift to the next level.

fresh bread as gifts

Breadcloths are basically tea towels used to keep bread warm and fresh. Once your delicious bread has been shared, these cloths continue to pull their weight as functional members of the kitchen. So by using bright bold colors and fun patterns, stencilling will give a them fresh modern look that will be enjoyed throughout the year.

modern stencilled breadcloths

Stencilling breadcloths is a fun + easy project. You can replicate the look I've created here, or use your own personalized designs. Either way, all you need are a few supplies. 

For mine, I used the following:
royal designs herringbone stencil

To start, wash and dry your linens making sure not to use any type of fabric softener in the process. Once your cloths have been prepped, position each stencil in your chosen pattern and securely tape down making sure the stencil lays flat against the cloth.

royal designs stencil creme in bright gold

Stencilling is an easy process. Begin by lightly loading your stencil brush with paint then gently blotting off any excess onto a paper towel. Using the lightest amount of paint  prevents paint from bleeding under the stencil. Acrylic paints work very well; however, I especially like the Royal Designs stencil creme for its creamy consistency and beautiful metallic sheen. It does a fantastic job of keeping the paint in place and covers amazingly well. It's definitely a product I'll continue to keep in my craft arsenal.

painting royal designs herringbone stencil in bright gold

As you begin the stencilling process, apply your paint with a light pouncing motion until you get the desired coverage. When you've completed one section, gently remove your stencil in an upward motion to prevent smudging. When applied properly, the paint is dry to the touch almost immediately, but do use caution as you're moving your stencils from one location to another.

royal designs herringbone stencil in bright gold and black
Herringbone stencil in black and gold
Geometric designs add a modern feel.

royal designs african plumes stencil in bold colors

And using bright bold colors keeps it fresh.

stencilled kitchen cloth
African Plumes and Cheetah stencils in pink + orange
modern stencilled breadcloth
Arrow using the Herringbone stencil and a handpainted starburst
The arrows on this piece were created using the herringbone stencil for the fletching and a black paint pen for the shaft. A gold sunburst was handpainted in the center.

modern arrow stencil

So easy, and they look amazing! These breadcloths are deceptively simple to make when using stencils to create the designs. And by using bright bold colors mixed with metallics, they have a fun modern look that makes them worthy of using every day.

painted breadcloth

stencilling breadcloths

There's nothing better than being gifted with a warm loaf of freshly baked bread just out of the oven. It's a gift that speaks from the heart. Wrapping your gift in a hand-stencilled breadcloth makes it even more meaningful and is a gift that will be appreciated all throughout the year.



  1. These are adorable! Love the colors!

  2. I love these cloths! Perfect as a hostess gift too!

  3. So colorful and lovely!

  4. Amy | The Happy ScrapsNovember 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Wow! What a fun idea. Love the colors and designs.

  5. These are just gorgeous! Love them all!

  6. Erin @ DIY On the CheapNovember 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    These are so pretty! Love this idea.

  7. These look so great ~ I love stenciling.

  8. So pretty, I have some clothes just perfect for this. Thank you for sharing. Cathy

  9. This turned out so pretty! And it's such a personal touch!

  10. So pretty! Love those stencils!

  11. amazing! love this so much!

  12. I think I could actually do this. How wonderful and creative you are. Love your header now too!

  13. Oh, thank your Ali! Everyone was so helpful with the tweaks.

  14. Adorable! This is such a simple yet awesome project!


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