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What is it with kitchen towels – mine were in SAD shape! It was time for some new ones, stat. Which worked out nicely – first, I saw this dreamy fabric and knew I had to have it, second, I wanted to try vinyl on terrycloth. So yeah, these Custom Kitchen Towels were meant to be, all the crafty stars aligned. And I’m here to show you how to make your own kitchen towels.
Aren’t they the cutest thing ever?!? I was still using my kitchen towels I blogged about back in 2010, so it was definitely time to update. And of course this time around, I had to add vinyl, since I’m addicted and all 😉 The hardest part of this project is deciding what words you want to use!
My first choice word was “whisk”, it’s just so fun, so I picked the other words based on that.
So let’s dive right in to the tutorial- – you’ll need:
–blank dishtowels (mine are from good ole walmart)
–fun fabric (I found this colorful pear print at JoAnn)
–heat transfer vinyl (I buy all my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl, they’re the best!!) and a method to cut it (I use my Silhouette machine)
First up, cut your fabric in strips to fit where you’d like them on your towel. Mine go edge to edge and I cut them 6 inches wide.
Then you’re going to use an iron and turn under all 4 edges. You only need to turn them under once because you’ll sew the fabric down – you won’t ever see the back.
Then place it where you want to attach it to the towel. Mine is in just a little on the side seams, and there’s about an inch and a half of towel space under the bottom edge of the fabric (in the pic below, the bottom edge is on top…I like to keep ya guessing…)
Now, just sew down all those edges with a top stitch (that means sewing on top) all along the edges.
That’s it for the fabric – next you want to add your words. I got so excited to add my words, that I completely forgot to take pictures of that – what?! Complete blogger fail. But, not to worry, I’ve covered how to use heat transfer vinyl a bunch, most recently on my Hello Pillow, so you can see step-by-step pics of the process there. Basically you:
–design your image (I know you’ll ask, the font I used on the towels is KG Eyes Wide Open)
–MIRROR your image (the most important thing to remember!)
–cut it out on your silhouette – you cut it from the back side, so shiny side of vinyl down on your mat
–weed out all the extra vinyl, leave behind your design
–place on your towels, press firmly with an iron for a while, until really adhered (like 20-30 seconds??) – – I used my new heat press on these towels, and that was pretty awesome!
I recently taught all about vinyl at a Silhouette conference, and one person asked if I had ever tried heat transfer vinyl on terrycloth – I don’t remember if I ever have, so I had to try it. And yep, totally worked – here’s a better upclose view:
That’s all there was to it!! Here’s a view of all four towels (and of our under-the-counter microwave – LOVE that it’s down low where the kiddos can reach!)
So grab yourself some towels, fabric, and vinyl, and whip up some custom towels perfect for your own kitchen!!
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