Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monogrammed Dish Towels

Remember the Design Dye Project Kit I posted about this morning? Well, here are the monogrammed towels I created using the kit!
The Design Dye materials are so easy to work with, and even though I used my Silhouette to create my lettering, you don't need a craft cutter to use the Design Dye Kits. You can easily cut designs by hand.
So to make these monogrammed towels, you'll need:
-Kitchen Towels
-Design Dye Kit (colored paper, fabric prep spray, tissue paper)
-Scissors or craft cutter
-Iron & Ironing Board
Here's another peek at the Design Dye project kit contents.
So, pre-wash your material and cut out your design. Make sure to mirror your design or cut from the back of the paper. You put the colored side down on the material, so in order to see the design or image the right way, it needs to be mirrored. If you're cutting by hand, then just draw the design on the back of the paper instead, which will essentially mirror it.
You'll also want to thoroughly spray the Fabric Prep spray onto your material and let it dry. You can speed up the process by using a hair dryer or throwing them in the dryer.
I chose to just use a "D" for our last name.
I wasn't sure if the dye from the paper would go through the towel or not, so I put a few pieces of tissue paper under the towel, then layered on the towel, the Design Dye paper, and then another piece of tissue paper.
Turn your iron up as high as possible (usually the cotton setting). Make sure there's no water in the iron because you don't want any steam.
The book said to iron over the design for about 20-30 seconds, but my design wasn't as dark as I wanted. You can check the color by moving the top layer of tissue paper and design off the material. If it isn't as dark as you'd like, then just put it back on and continue ironing. I think I ended up ironing for about a minute or so. It might not have taken quite so long if I was using a flatter material. Even though my towels are cotton, they're a terry cloth material.
You can see the detail a little more in this picture.
I used the same letter for both towels without any issues.
My son thought it was pretty cool that all I had to do was iron in order to get the color to stay on the towels! He also wanted to show everyone the new tool we got to fix his bike. Silly boy :)
This project was super simple and these would make great housewarming, shower, or wedding gifts! You could do monograms on blankets, pillowcases, or towels. I was reading through the idea book and you can even use the Design Dye materials to print on wood! How cool is that?!
Want to give the Design Dye kits a try for free? Then go check out the giveaway that we launched this morning!

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  1. These are great. I think I'd like to get smaller letters and do a whole name. Very cool!

  2. I love the personal touch this adds. Thank you for linking up at HickoryTrail

  3. Super cute idea!! You could go in all sorts of directions with this!

  4. Terrific project. Monogramming seems to take the ordinary and make it extra special.

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  5. Great idea!! You little one sure is cute! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday!:)


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