How to Make a Decorative Summer Tea Towel DIY
- Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine
- Die D-Lites Bicycle etched die
- You can use any etched dies you want. There are so many different options to choose from!
- Flour sack towels
- Cotton fabric
- Wonder-Under fusible webbing
Cut out squares of fabric big enough for the die.
Cut a piece of fusible web the same size as the fabric. Iron the fusible web to the back of the fabric with a hot dry iron. Use a pressing cloth (a scrap of cotton muslin works perfectly) to protect your iron from any webbing that may try to stick to your iron. Leave the paper backing attached to the fabric.
Create your cutting sandwich with the platform on the bottom, then a cutting plate, the fabric (with fusible web ironed to the back with the paper backing still attached), the etched die facing down, then a second cutting plate on top.
I learned that some fabric was slightly thicker than the others. It didn’t cut as clean, so I added a scrap of cardstock to the top of the die to create more pressure when cutting.
Since I chose a very detailed die, I kept a pair of small snips on hand when removing the die from the fabric. If there was a thread that didn’t get cut, I could snip it before the thread pulled the delicate cut fabric apart.
Once all the pieces are cut, pull the paper backing of the fusible web off the back of each design. Then lay the fabric designs out on your tea towel where you want them.
Iron the designs to the towel with a hot dry iron. Use the pressing cloth again to protect your iron and design.
Now enjoy your beautiful decorative summer tea towel DIY. I put mine to use with a batch of snickerdoodles to pair with our ice cream dessert!
And if you drawers full of pretty tea towels make you as happy as me, you are going to love these beautiful apple & pear print DIY tea towels too.