Monday, March 5, 2012

Tea Towels

Today I tried my hand at transferring an image to a tea towel.  Nothing new about this except that it is new to me.  I have been seeing on other blogs helpful hints on how to do these and I thought I should try it too.  I made a trip to Ikea last week and found these white tea towels with red striping down the sides for .79.  Very French and I couldn't beat the price.  I brought them home and washed and ironed them so they would be ready for their makeover.
I used Avery light transfer paper.  With sales tax it was about $22 for 12 sheets.  Sounds expensive, except that I was able to copy two transfers onto each sheet thus making the cost of the transfer around .91.  So I am still under $2 per towel.  Very reasonable indeed.  I downloaded some images from the Graphics Fairy, resized them in my Word Pad program and transferred them onto the transfer paper.  One word of caution.  If you are dealing with the printed word, be sure to make a mirror image and also check the top and bottom so your image is not only reading left to right, but you also do not want it to be upside down.  Just follow the directions and there you go.
I included photos of the first two towels I did.  See how yellow they got?  I left the iron on them too long.  Not a problem.  I should keep a couple for myself just so I know how they will wear and hold up to washing.

I received a comment from another blogger that tried these to give as party favor gifts.  She's a brand new blogger and she did a great job and used three different crown transfers.  You can check out her project here.  Thanks for sharing, Susan.
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Rose :: Fine Craft Guild said...

oh these are so good. make me want to be back in paris again!

Bliss said...

They turned out great! I did a transfer today too, just a little crown but tried a heat process and it yellowed a bit on the painted surface. Next time I will have a friend print them on that other kind of printer so it will transfer darker.


Susan said...

First thing first, I love your blog and I loved these soooo much that I made a set of 3 for a prize/gift at my daughter's baby shower. Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you take a look!!


Gypsy Heart said...

I LOVE these! My printer is ancient so I hesitate to try these much as I want to. You are so talented!


Donna said...

I just love your tea towels, now I really want to get brave and try the image transfer method. Thanks for the tips. Oh, the graphics you chose are some of my favorites over at the Graphics Fairy:)

Rebecca said...

LOVE THEM! Great job! Would totally have these in my home! Thanks for sharing!


victoriantailor said...

These are beautiful, love your work!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

They turned out beautifully and very french.Love the GF images.
Happy WW.
XO Marie

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


Those are AWESOME!

You did a great job with them - and I kinda like the yellowed ones, it looks old and ivory, I like.


Janelle @ Emmaline said...

great job!

Elyse said...

Super cute! I've not been brave enough to try the whole resizing and transfer paper deal...maybe some day soon.

Meg said...

These are really pretty! Let us know how they hold up to washing! I'm your newest follower, I'd love if you linked up to my little party:

Hope to see you there!

Anne said...

Love how these turned out.I am your newest follower.

Stacey said...

Very pretty - nice job! Thanks so much for coming by to share it with my party _ I am so glad you did! Please come back this week to link up again!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Michele @ {Primp} said...

love them--thanks for aharing!

Mel said...

You did a great job on the tea towels. I will be making me some of these.