When Wayfair asked me to participate in the Great Craft Swap, I had to choose one of four different items to craft/makeover into a special gift for someone. I chose a set of bar towels. The other choices were: a tablecloth, a wooden picture frame, and a set of three wooden cutting boards.
We all know that “monogrammed anything” is such a popular trend these days, I wanted to try my hand at creating monogrammed towels and since these towels are the “waffled” fabric versus the terry kind, I thought it just might work!
Here’s how I made them:
- bar towel set
- Silhouette® Cameo or Portrait
- glitter vinyl
- iron or heat press
STEP ONE – Create Design in Silhouette Studio:
The towels came already folded in thirds. I measured the width of the folded towel and used that measurement to make my design in Silhouette Studio.
- draw rectangle to contain the design
- Use a pretty font for monogram and type into rectangle
- draw a circle around initial monogram
- open Rhinestone window tool and change circle to rhinestone and then adjust rhinestone size and spacing (see image below)
- flip your design horizontially
- insert glitter vinyl (SPARKLE SIDE DOWN) into Silhouette® and cut!
STEP TWO – Apply glitter vinyl design to towels
- I’m lucky – I own a heat press so adhering the glitter vinyl design to the towels was a breeze! If you don’t have a heat press, an iron could be used but make sure to press down on a hard surface for at least a minute to ensure a good stick. Be sure to press on the reverse side also. (See here for more a more in-depth heat press tutorial)
As you can see in the close-up above, the heat press did a wonderful job of “sticking” the glitter vinyl to the towel.
I was also pleased to see that the heat press did not flatten the “waffled” design of the towel.
I chose red, green, and gold glitter vinyl so that Nicole (my swap partner) could use these towels throughout the Holidays.
I sure hope she likes them!
Here’s peak of what Nicole sent to me:
Nicole from Simply Nicole chose to make over the wooden frame. I love it! I’ll have the perfect picture for this frame after October 16! Why then??? Because that’s the date that Dan and I are getting married on the beach!