Dishtowel DIY

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 DIY Dishtowel | Craft Dictator

What you will need:

  • laser printer
  • printer paper
  • cotton fabric
  • woodworker’s transfer tool-I got mine at Hobby Lobby-Versa Tool by Walnut Hallow
1.Pick out a picture you would like to use say from The Graphics Fairy.
2. Print out your picture using a laser printer.
3. Put the picture face down on your fabric.
4. Preheat your woodworkers transfer tool. Using a circular motion press the woodworkers transfer tool onto the paper firmly. I used black line pictures. I tried a color picture but it was too time consuming. 
I love the way the graphics look. The vintage look would fit in at Anthropologie.   
DIY Dishtowel | Craft Dictator
Pictures downloaded from Graphics Fairy.
DIY Dishtowel | Craft Dictator
Tape down the image to the cotton fabric before you use the tool to transfer the image to the fabric.
DIY Dishtowel | Craft Dictator
Another image that I transferred to linen.
DIY Dishtowel | Craft DictatorMy favorite image that I transferred.
The best part of this method is that the fabric can be washed and does not fade or peel.
There is a great video about this process on The Lapin Life. I watched the video before I started the project.
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Dishtowel DIY — 47 Comments

    • It was a fairly inexpensive project. The fabric is leftover from a quilt, the copies cost less than a dollar. I did buy the tool, but I used a coupon at Hobby Lobby so it wasn’t that bad. The time is an issue with me though. I still have a “real” job so time is limited. Thanks for coming by.
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  2. Thanks for the great article.. Just love the way you have created the pattern on the towel!!! Amazing

    We us Wall Lenk pattern transfer tool for carving patterns, scroll saw pattern or for that matter any pattern printed on a laser printer of copy machine, onto the wooden surface. One thing you need to watch out for though is over heating and scorching.

    Please take a look at Wood Arts Universe ( for Wooden Engraving and other patterns.

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  4. Such a cool idea! I could use this for Christmas presents next year. Better get a start on that now… lol! I’m going to see if I can label my daughter’s coat in this way – then she won’t be able to misplace it again.
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  8. Is there a “time limit” on the ink transfer? In other words, do you have to do the transfer immediately after printing or could you wait several hours, or days? Also, if I printed directly on fabric in a laser printer and then heat set, do you think that would be permanent? Obviously, this is a new technique to me. Thank you for posting this idea!

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