I get my TAP on Amazon and my last order was a hundred sheets. Buying in quantity saved me about 25 percent including the shipping. When I use smaller towels, I put two images to one sheet of TAP. This also makes my transfer paper last twice as long. However, if I do flour sack towels which are approximately 32x32, I use a whole sheet of the paper with a full size image.
First select your images. The Graphics Fairy has wonderful images and so does Pinterest. You can find these images on my Pinterest ephemera board. These are particularly good for tea towels because of the subject matter of the images.
For my smaller kitchen towels I use a wider variety of images including livestock and soap.
The beautiful thing about the TAP transfer paper is that you can use an INK JET printer. This is the most common printer a home crafter has. The laser printers are more expensive and if I need a color image especially, I have to go to Fed Ex Office to make my copies.
So first figure out how your copier copies your images. There is a right and a wrong side to the TAP paper. You need to figure out which side of your paper your copier prints on to. You will want your image to print on the white side of the TAP. The reverse side is sort of lavender in color. For the smaller towels, I print two 5x7 images onto one sheet. If you have selected an image with printing, you will want to select the MIRROR image setting. I also darken my print a notch or two so I get a nice strong print.
Look for reasonably priced towels anywhere that sells kitchen or hand towels. I get my flour sack towels at Target. First you will want to cut out any pesky labels like the one below.
I've even transferred onto blue and white tea towels. I get the four packs.
I use my hottest iron setting and go back and forth slowly for several seconds. Follow the instructions that come with the TAP. I also use the tip of my iron and go over the corners a few extra times to make sure the image adheres securely. If you start to lift the backing and it is still sticking to your image, just lay the backing back in place and iron some more. This is pretty fool proof. I've never had an image smear. However, don't lay the backing back down if you have removed it all the way. Do it gradually so you make sure the image has come totally away and adhered.
The great thing about the TAP paper is that it's very transparent. You don't get the yellowed contrast like with other transfer papers who shall remain nameless. FYI, I am not being compensated by Lesley Riley in any way. This post is based on my opinion and experience with different transfer papers, and this one just happens to be my go to favorite. Below are both towels that I use. One is a tea towel and the back one is a flour sack.
These towels sell out every time I take them to the flea market. I have now taken to putting them in cellophane bags as they make great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers or just little thank you gifts for teachers or anyone that has done something nice. They are inexpensive to make. I figure the total cost for the little tea towels are approximately $2 each and the flour sack towels are approximately $3 each. That is for the finished product.
Here are my tea towels that I took to the last flea market. I put them in larger cellophane bags, but I think for the upcoming market, I will do something festive and add a cute gift tag and a ribbon.
I hope this cleared up any hesitation you've had about doing transfers onto towels. They are a great project and make great little gifts. One last thing before I leave you. If you are doing a lot of towels at one time, all transfer papers give off odors and it's better to work in an area that is well ventilated. I do about 20 of these at a time and I have them down to five minutes a towel. They are quick and easy to do.
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