Make a set of spring tea towels using a Cricut cutting machine and Easy Press. Do you love having seasonal tea towels that add decor to your kitchen?
You can make your own to give them a personalized look or use a design found in Cricut Design Space.
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Using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) to create your own tea towels for seasonal decor is an easy project using Cricut products. I’ve made Christmas Tea Towels that I love to have out during the holidays and a set for Patriotic Holidays.
Tea Towels for Spring
You can find flour sack tea towels at big box stores or Amazon has a large selection of them. I like to use the large ones that are 33″ x 38″ so that I have lots of room to use for large designs.
The first step to follow when using HTV is to make sure that you prep your material. Some people will tell you to prewash any material before applying vinyl. I haven’t done that for tea towels and haven’t had any problems with the vinyl coming off, but it can’t hurt. If you prefer to wash them first, go ahead and do so.
You’ll want to iron out the wrinkles and the creases in your towels. The easiest way to do that is to use the Easy Press. Set it to 315°. Place the towel on a heat press mat and iron it until it’s wrinkle free.
Next, you’ll open Cricut Design Space and either create your own graphics or use the image search to find images you love. For these towels, I did a broad search for spring and found the “Bloom where you are planted” graphic and simple spring flowers.
For the second towel, I searched for watering can and found lots of choices. This one with the water flowing onto the flower goes great as part of a set with the first graphic. When I’m making a two piece towel set, I like to have one with words and one with images that go along with the words. Too many words on both towels can make them look too busy.
You’ll need to measure the width of the towel you are using to make sure that you size the graphic correctly. Once you have it scaled and click on make it in Design Space, make sure that you toggle the “mirror” button to on. You’ll always need to do this when cutting heat transfer vinyl.
Be sure to put the shiny side of the HTV facing down on the cutting mat.
Once the image has been cut, use the weeding tool to remove all of the vinyl that you don’t want on your towel. Place the cut vinyl with the sticky side of the liner sheet onto the tea towel, positioning it where you want it.
Follow the Cricut Heat Guide to determine the temperature and time for your project. When using 100% cotton and a heat press mat, it’s 315° for 30 seconds and then it’s flipped over and heat is applied for 15 seconds.
Give the liner time to cool down enough that it’s warm to the touch, but not hot and carefully pull the liner away from the graphic.
Repeat the process for any additional images that you want on the towel. I did the flowers in layers, first with the background.
To add additional layers to the flowers, I used the Easy Press Mini. It comes in handy when you are working on small areas or for layers.
Using the mini lets you press the area that you’re working on without adding more heat to areas that have already been pressed onto the towel.
The last step for this towel was to add the center dots to the flowers using the Mini press. I love how this one turned out and using graphics that can be accessed in Design Space is a time saver.
There are several pieces for the image on the second tea towel. I started by adding the flower pot, then the flower, and next the watering can.
Use the Easy Press Mini to add small pieces like the pot and the flower. You’ll find that it’s much easier than using the larger press for spots like this.
Finally, I added the flowing water pieces between the can and the flower. It is easier for me to cut and weed pieces separately rather than trying to weed the entire graphic all at once.
These spring tea towels look great hanging from the pull bar on the dishwasher. They can be used as drying towels, too.
Steps for Creating Spring Tea Towels using a Cricut and Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Press tea towels to remove wrinkles and creases.
- Create design in Cricut Design Space. Upload your own or search for images.
- Resize image to fit your towel.
- Click the Make it button in Design Space.
- Toggle on the Mirror tool.
- Place HTV onto cutting mat, shiny side down.
- Set Cricut cutting option to Iron On.
- Cut the image.
- Weed excess vinyl from image.
- Refer to Cricut Heat Guide and set the Easy Press to the correct temperature and time.
- Follow heat guide instructions for time and press the image onto the towel.
- Allow to cool until the liner is not hot to the touch.
- Carefully, pull liner away from image.
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DIY Spring Tea Towels with HTV
Supply List for Spring Tea Towels with Cricut
- Tea Towels
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Cricut Air Explore 2 or any Cricut Cutting Machine
- Cricut Easy Press
- Cricut Easy Press Mini
- Weeding Tools
- Easy Press Mat
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