Monday, November 7, 2011

I Had a BALL Making These Towels

I've made many of these towels for myself and friends using other graphics, but was so excited when The Graphics Fairy posted these canning jars recently. (and in two colors!!)   I love this graphic!




I started with Jolee's Image Transfer Paper (purchased at Michael's)

I printed off the graphics on my  INKJET  printer (laser copies will not work with the transfer paper)   Be sure to ROTATE in Picnik to get the mirror image. 
 






 Cut around the graphic, but on this one don't cut too close.  It's a big transfer and it's best to leave a little extra edge so it adheres correctly.  Once it's washed a time or two, the edge will not show at all.



Heat up your iron on the cotton setting with NO steam.  I used a board underneath it.  I used Ikea towels.
  




Iron the towel where the graphic will be going, then set it on where you want it.  I generally keep it on the bottom half of the towel and centered between the red stripes.  It then will hang on my dishwasher handle and show up well.  (just my preference)  :)



Set the iron on each area for 20 seconds, making sure you get everything ironed really well.  (set the iron on the spot, hold for 20 seconds, pick the iron up and move it to another spot--don't move the iron around during those 20 seconds)  You can go over everything several times if you want. 


Let it cool completely and carefully remove the paper backing.  Make sure you don't launder the towels for at least 72 hours (per the directions on the transfer paper) so the image will adhere properly.


And you end up with these great towels.  The iron on transfer will fade some when you wash them, which will make them even more vintage looking!





Thanks for your visit!

Pam


 I am linking to the following parties:

Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesdays 
Potpourri Party at 2805 



The Graphics Fairy

39 comments:

  1. Your towels are so cute! Love those images and I mean, who doesn't love ball jars?! =)

    Jeanine

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  2. Wow Pam, they look really nice in your kitchen! I love the that you were able to use both colors. They would make really nice gifts too!

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  3. I LOVE your towels! They turned out awesome. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

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  4. Looks great, Pam! Just love turning towels into decor around here, too. Graphics Fairy has just a wealth of images, so I love visiting her, too.
    Hope you have a fun and creative week.
    Donna

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  5. I love your towels Pam! The jars are a great look for your kitchen.

    With Christmas coming around you’re giving us all great ideas. You’re so ahead and I need to follow your lead.

    xo,
    Dee

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  6. Pam those are darling, great tutorial!

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  7. Those are great! I'm heading back to "like" you now! Awesome Graphic!

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  8. Nice towels-- like the colored one even more (cuz I use CitraSolv for B&W images only- a little color is nice to see)

    Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy today with smiles,
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  9. great job and I love it! Towels at the stores these days are very boring!

    thanks
    natalie

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  10. I LOVE these towels! I have a zillion of those Ikea towels. Thanks for the tutorial because I must make some of these.

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  11. I am bookmarking this little project so I can tackle it in the near future. I'm thinking this would be cute Christmas gifts for my friends.

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  12. I thought I'd used sealers every way possible but this is another great way to have them around! ~Maureen

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  13. Pam I saw that graphic, I knew it would be a popular one!! I have a couple of flour sack towels, just screaming for this graphic! thanks for trying it out for us!! LOL And thank you for letting us know that it washes well, I have never used transfers on towels

    Carol

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  14. I didn't say anything bad, I just realized I had posted twice by mistake....OK now it's 3 times ....blonde,blonde,blonde!

    Carol

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  15. Oh my God! It's so super easy and fun. I wonder where would I get an image transfer paper but once I get my hands on them, these are definitely happening :)

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  16. Love the towels! Graphics Fairy has such wonderful offerings, and I love the Ball jar graphic. Looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Karen's jars look so good on the towels - lovely job!

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  18. Karen's jars look so good on the towels - lovely job!

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  19. I collect the blue jars, so this is just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! This totally makes my day!

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  20. I love these!!! Pam, they look great. What a great image for towels.

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  21. Thanks for posting this... I just bought the same Ikea towels and transfer paper!! They look great!!

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  22. I love them!! the blue-green one would look awesome in my kitchen =]

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  23. Love those too--the blue green one would look good in my kitchen too! (I noticed my daughter already said that!)

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  24. These a just the cutest!
    I haven't seen them at the Graphics Fairy... have to go see.

    Thanks for sharing this fun project at my Bunny Hop!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

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  25. Hi Pam,
    visiting from Bunny Hop Wednesday and just wanted to say how much I liked your tea towels, the canning jar motif is fab!
    Isn't blogland just full of great ideas?
    Happy BHW!

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  26. I Love the towels! And, I have an obsession with Ball jars so I will definitely be making these! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  27. These would make great Christmas gifts...I may just have to look into some of that transfer paper!

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  28. Very cute. I love those Ikea towels - so inexpensive and great for these types of things.

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  29. Cute Cute Cute! Thank you for sharing your tutorial...I really want to give this a try!

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  30. Totally LOVE them! I saw that graphic and was itching to do something with it, but hadn't decided what yet. Those would make lovely Christmas gifts.

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

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  31. Very nice and fun. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Kathy

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  32. How cute is that! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  33. Soooooo cute! I'm inspired to make some for myself. Thanks for sharing.

    Sharon@ mrshinesclass

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  34. Adorable towels! I've been meaning to do a project like this. Thanks for the inspiration! And I didn't know that the transfer paper outline would disapear with washings...that was something that always bothered me about those transfer pages. Now I think I'll give it a try!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  35. Great graphic, Pam! Your towels look great!

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  36. You are the transfer queen Pam! Love Ball jars and these towels are wonderful! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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