Basic Materials Needed:
- cotton towels of your choosing
- iron on transfer paper for light fabrics for use with an inkjet printer
- spring clip art
- inkjet printer
I chose Avery Iron-on Transfer Paper for Light Fabrics. This can be found at most office supply stores. (After the young store clerk helped me select the right product, he confided in me that his grandmother usually buys her iron-on transfer paper at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts. JoAnn's has a plethora of choices for iron-on paper and they have coupons!)
There are wonderful artists and bloggers offering clipart for free. Some ask that you subscribe to their site and or acknowledge them in any credits. Please be respectful and read the terms for personal and commercial use. Etsy also has some wonderful artist selling clip art for very reasonable prices. The clip art I used for the spring tea towels is from Keren at Free Pretty Things for You: www.freeprettythingsforyou.com.
Keren, site author and artist,offers initial monograms free for subscribing to her site.
Keren has so many things to offer at www.freeprettythingsforyou.com.
Step 1: Prewash towels. Do NOT use fabric softener in the washer or dryer.
Step 2: Select clipart. Follow the directions on the iron-on package for printing on the iron-on transfer paper for your printer. The main thing to remember is to make sure you flip the image of the initial monogram to mirror image in your printer settings, prior to printing. This will insure that your monogram will be transferred correctly to your tea towels. Any image that is not symmetrical will need to be "flipped" prior to printing.
Step 3: Trim the iron-on paper according to the directions on the packaging.
Step 4: Center and iron-on the transfer according to heat and pressure directions and cooling times. The directions I used, recommended ironing the towel for a minute and then putting the iron-on transfer face down on the towel..
Step 5: Most iron-ons will recommend letting the transfer cool. Then, peel the iron-on paper away and admire your handiwork!
I think these would be really sweet to do for grandmas and moms for Mother's Day using original artwork by grandchildren and children. I hope to experiment with this and do another post on gifts for Moms.