It’s crunch time for crafters and bakers. Have my elf hat on and been busily working and creating these past few weeks – just haven’t written about it here. Packages must arrive and be opened before I can post about them. 🙂 First up – decorated holiday towels. I love my embroidery, but some images can take as long as 6 to 8 hours to stitch out (egads), printing to fabric goes much faster. It’s not quite as durable in the long run – but for decorative items will last years (and if you’re wanting to print on a shirt for your child – well, one season with washing plus their growth isn’t bad).
1. Grab some linen or linen blend fabric, preshrink.
2. Hem for a towel. (See Loving Linen post for measurements, suppliers, complete details plus care of linen information).
3. Sew a decorative stitch at hem.
4. Select an image (web search for copyright free images or check out what folks are posting at Pinterest). I manipulate my images plus text in PowerPoint to place on an 8 ½ X 11 page as I work in PowerPoint a great deal. This particular set used the June Taylor prepared for printing fabric but I have used others.
5. Print to prepared fabric sheet
6. Fix image per directions (iron a lot, wet, iron some more).
a. Had one sheet run at the wet stage, they all bleed a bit. I iron and let sit overnight before the wet step now.
7. Stitch your image to the towel.
8. Create a Merry Christmas patch, fringe around patch and stitch patch to towel. Actually, I glued the patches on with Aleene’s Ok to Wash it Glue and I’m a tad worried as I’ve noticed a few items I glued with this came apart shortly after. Will stitch in the future.
9. Wrap and send to a lucky gift recipient – isn’t this the cutest addition to a Victorian themed Christmas kitchen?
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