I needed a couple quick neighbor gifts, and since it's so close to Valentine's Day, I thought I would make some heartfelt (pun intended!) gifts. You can never go wrong with a White Flat Weave Kitchen Towel decorated up for the holidays. I have a wonderful stash of DecoSparkle HTV (heat transfer vinyl) so it was easy to pluck out the pretty red, pink and silver I needed.
I pulled up a heart design in my Silhouette Studio software and sized the heart to be 2.5" wide. Then I cut a couple hearts out of each color (red, pink, silver). I decided on a vertical placement on the towel. That's where it got a little tricky. I used my Heat Tape, which I could NOT live without. See how I positioned all the hearts and then held them in place while I moved them to the heat press?
You really need a teflon pressing sheet when you go to press it. It protects the towel from being scorched by the heat press. I also HIGHLY suggest a pressing pillow to place under the towel. It helps you get a REALLY strong press and get a really nice transfer.
I had the heat press set to 325 degrees and pressed for only about 12 seconds. The DecoSparkle really transfers fast and doesn't need a long press time. Here's a close-up of the finished towel. Look at all that sparkle!
I wanted to give more than just a towel, so I cut out 4 hearts measuring about 1.75" wide and cut out a set. I followed the same process for pressing them onto a set of 4 cocktail napkins. Too cute!
Here's a list of supplies and where I got them. (Some of them are affiliate links, which means we get a small commission for any sale made through these links. But they are all products we bought and used and highly recommend--all opinions are our own).
--Solid Flat Weave Towels can be found here
--Linen Cocktail Napkins can be found here
--Deco Sparkle (Pink, Red, Silver)
--simple heart .svg for your vinyl cutting machine
--Teflon pressing sheet can be found here
--Teflon pressing pillows can be found here
Now get to sparkling!
I sat down one evening and started cutting out hearts from all the beautiful sparkly HTV (heat transfer vinyl) I had in my stash. I LOVE the way I've been seeing gold and silver mixed in to everyday living, and especially on pastels. So I pulled my favorite pastel Solid Flat Weave Towels off the shelf and heat pressed these gorgeous hearts!
Here's the short and sweet list of supplies and the super easy instructions:
--Cotton Flat Weave Towels you can find here
--Glitterflex Ultra Heat Transfer Vinyl in Light Gold from www.crystaleyecandy.com
--Heart design for your vinyl cutting machine (we use Silhouette Cameo)
--Pressing Pillow (this is optional, but extremely helpful for getting a really nice transfer) You can find the pressing pillows here: ProWorld Pressing Pillows
--Teflon Pressing Sheet - A must-have for heat tranfer applications! Available here
Cut the hearts out of the glitter HTV. I cut mine to be 4.5 inches wide if you would like to copy what I did. Determine which end of the towel is the bottom side (there's a hanging tab on the top, so you want to make sure to put the design on the bottom half). If I'm doing the same design on multiple towels, I line up all three towels next to each other and make sure I position the design at the same spot across all three so they look the same. You can use Heat Tape to hold the designs in place--love this product!
Making a "towel sandwich", layer a pressing pillow down onto the heat press, put the towel on top of it, and a teflon pressing sheet on top to protect the towel during the transfer.
Transfer the design. I used heat press settings of 325 degree temp and pressed for about 18 seconds. I removed the clear carrier sheet from the design, then turned the towel over the pressed again for about another 18 seconds to really pull that vinyl into the towel.
I couldn't stop at just kitchen towels---I made this ADORABLE onesie! Now to find a little baby girl to wear it---everyone I know has boys!
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