Tea Towels with Heat transfer vinyl

Tea Towels with Heat transfer vinyl

It's finally Spring and I am loving the beautiful blossoms and flowers that are popping up everywhere. One thing about this season that I love is that there are tons of weddings! That means I need to start wracking my brain for wedding gifts. I like giving something that is both meaningful and practical, so for this cute wedding gift I decided to customize some tea towels for their new home together. My favorite heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl makes this such a quick and easy project! A lot of newlyweds get dishes and cookware as gifts, but those dishes need to be washed and dried and these large towels are perfect for the job. Here's what you need:

-Blank tea towels (I found mine on Amazon) -Electronic cutting machine (I used my CAMEO) -Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used black) -tweezers or hook tool -iron or heat press

Step 1: Cut and weed design. 

Make sure you mirror image before cutting!

I used my CAMEO to cut out the designs out of black heat transfer vinyl. I've found the presets for smooth HTV in Silhouette Studio work great. Remember to mirror your image before cutting!

Step 2: Iron your towel and place design

It's important to have your fabric nice and flat before putting any heat transfer vinyl on. Place your design where you want it.

Step 3: Use heat press or iron to adhere HTV

I don't have a heat press, but I do have a trusty home iron that gets the job done! (If you have a heat press, follow the manufacturer's guidelines for heat settings and time.) I set my iron to the cotton setting, with no steam. Cover with either a thin cloth or parchment paper, and place iron directly onto design. Use some pressure and hold it in place for 10-15 seconds. Then lift your iron and place it on the next section and repeat. (Hint: You aren't ironing around like typical fabric; you want direct pressure and heat on each section.)

Step 4: Peel off clear backing sheet

This is my favorite part! Gently peel off the clear backing sheet to reveal your design! If part of the vinyl starts lifting off, place the clear sheet back on with the parchment paper and add some more heat.

And voila!! Wrap up your cute towels, add a fun wedding card and you have a practical AND meaningful wedding gift for all those blushing brides and dashing grooms! (I may even make some for myself!

Apr 25th 2018 expressions vinyl-blogger

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