These Halloween Tea Towels with their wicked raven design are a perfect way to start decorating for Halloween!
I’ve been dying to try out heat transfer vinyl and with Halloween just around the corner I thought some wicked tea towels would be a great project for my first try.
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Turns out heat transfer vinyl is super-easy to use! There are two differences when using heat transfer vinyl rather than just regular vinyl. One, you don’t have to put the vinyl on a transfer sheet. There is already a clear film that the vinyl is stuck to, that will be your transfer sheet. Two, you’ll need to mirror your images so they look backwards because you will be flipping them over when you position them on your fabric. The first step was creating my images. I created two raven designs in Inkscape. Inkscape is a free software program for creating vector images. If that is over your head you can also use the software that comes with the Silhouette, or just buy a design from the Silhouette store. I mirrored them so that they were backwards and placed the heat transfer vinyl shiny side down on my Silhouette Cameo mat and cut out the designs. When I peeled away the excess vinyl I was left with the 2 raven designs on a shiny transfer sheet.
Now the fun part, I laid one of the ravens on a tea towel with the design-side face down and then placed another tea towel over it so my iron wouldn’t be directly on the transfer sheet. I turned the iron on high and pressed down firmly, holding it in each spot for 30 seconds before moving on. I did this twice to make sure the vinyl was really stuck on. When I was satisfied that the design was firmly stuck to the towel I pulled the clear sheet off and Ta-da! I had a fancy new tea towel!
I love how they turned out and now I have so many fun ideas….next up personalized t-shirts!
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