DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel and a Festive Card

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Yesterday I posted a giveaway from the SVG Files Shop, you can enter to win 10 SVG files HERE {NOW CLOSED}! Today I’m back to show you a couple of things I’ve made with files from the store – a tea towel and a Christmas card.

First up is the DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used THIS Christmas Holidays file to cut some red iron-on-vinyl using my Cricut Explore, and ironed it on to a plain white tea towel. There are a couple of things I want to point out about the process…

When I uploaded the SVG into Cricut Design Space there was a plain white background around the image. This would be useful if I wanted to flatten and print the image, but I wanted to cut it, so I had to click the eye icon next to the white background on the layers panel – I’ve added a red arrow to the image below so you can see which one:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the white background was gone there were still lots of different layers on the SVG, but I wanted it to all cut as one. So I clicked on the image, then clicked the ‘attach’ option from the top menu of the layers panel (again I’ve added a red arrow so you can see where to click):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

This leaves the image looking like this, and you are ready to click ‘go’ – and make sure you click the ‘mirror image for iron-on’ option if you are cutting from iron-on vinyl:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut my image at just under 11.5″ wide. I’m not sure I’d want to cut this image any smaller than this, as some of the pieces were TINY, even when cutting it so large. I had to weed it very carefully and some of the little bits wouldn’t come out at all (like the details on the snowflakes):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I ironed it on to the tea towel (putting a piece of greaseproof paper on top of course):

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what it looked like after ironing. The ornaments look like they are floating in space because the dots between them and the twirls above were too small to come out at all:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I just cut a couple of slivers of iron-on vinyl from the left over scraps, and used these to ‘hang’ the ornaments:

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

I think it looks super stylish and was worth the effort! If you are gifting it to someone make sure you tell them it can be machine washed but on a low heat setting (I was at 40 degrees) and to only iron on the reverse!

DIY Christmas Gift Tea Towel at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I used THIS Happy Holiday SVG file to make a Christmas Card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Again the pieces were tiny, but I had cut the image quite small – 5.25″ tall. I was quite impressed that the Explore managed to cut it without ripping it to shreds, though I did manage to break a couple of bits off the wreath while I was taking it off the mat:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stuck them on the card by turning the pieces upside down on a piece of scrap paper, and running my Herma repositionable tape runner over the top, before adhering them to the card:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

The card really didn’t need much else, apart from matting it onto some pretty patterned paper and adding a few tiny gems on top:

Happy Holiday Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

A very delicate card for someone special!

Be Inspired:

Use iron-on-vinyl, fabric paint, or fabric ink-pads and stamps to decorate a tea towel

Make a monotone project eg. just red and white

Put a wreath around the edge of a project with a sentiment in the center

Do you think all these fiddly details make the projects look extra special?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with another Frosty Festivities project!

Jennifer x

14 Comments
  • KT Fit Kitty
    Reply

    Yes, I definitely think the details make any project special! I don’t have an SVG cutter so I’m totally lost by that part of your post but your towel and card are gorgeous! There is no way I could fussy-cut that close – it looks amazing!

    November 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm
  • Shelley
    Reply

    I do not have a digital cutter but loved your project-the towel looks professionally done and very festive. It would definitely make a wonderful hostess gift.

    November 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm
  • Denise Bryant
    Reply

    I don’t have a digital cutter, but these are amazing! I love the details in that wreath you cut for your card, and the fun sentiment! The tea towel turned out beautifully too! Great projects! I do think these are very special with all that intricate detail!

    November 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm
  • WHoa! These projects are REALLY amazing…VERY special indeedy…love the red on white on the tea towel. And that wreath is UBER delicate…..go you! I hope whoever they go to appreciates the time & fiddly-ness involved….I’m sure they will :):)

    November 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm
  • oh I love these! That first project would be great to make kitchen towels with! I love personalized or decorative kitchen towels!

    November 23, 2015 at 1:29 am
  • Love the amount of detail your machine gives you on that super-fine wreath and greeting! WOW! it’s just beautiful.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 23, 2015 at 3:13 am
  • FAB graphic. What a lot of work, though.

    November 23, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • The tea towel is fab, it looks so professional.

    November 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm
  • oh yes definitely! The teatowel would be great for Christmas Hamper gifts too!

    November 24, 2015 at 12:43 am
  • I would definitely buy and use a tea towel like that it is very professional looking love it

    November 24, 2015 at 10:27 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Super duper Jennifer!!! Looks like it is from a shop!!

    November 27, 2015 at 11:52 am
  • It really looks great…..and I might try using stencils and fabric paint as I don’t have a machine.

    November 29, 2015 at 11:52 am
  • It would have to be a VERY special person for me to fiddle that much! I prefer things to be a little simpler – but your card is gorgeous and the tea-towel turned out great.

    November 30, 2015 at 3:12 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    What a wonderful gift this would be for anyone! I love your creative way of adding the ornament strings later with slivers of vinyl

    December 3, 2015 at 6:13 am

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