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It’s time for another Craft Room Destash Challenge. What is this challenge you ask? Every month a group of bloggers is challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies. For this month’s challenge, I created three colorful tea towels made from vintage fruit crate labels. Keep scrolling to check out my project as well as other creations you might be able to make from your own stash! #CraftRoomDestashChallenge
Turn Plain Whit Tea Towels Into Summer Stunners With Fruit Crate Labels (free download included
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Buried in my stash of fabric I found three white tea towels that were screaming out for some color. Since I love the vintage fruit crate label pillows I made (a lot!), I decided to create something similar. I also gave the tea towels a touch of my childhood home by using fruit labels from groves I used to live by! How cool is that?!
For this project, you’ll need the following:
- three plain white tea towels-100% cotton (I highly recommend these here)
- iron-on transfer paper
- a piece of parchment paper
- fruit labels (download link is at the end of this post)
- measuring tape
If you’ve never used iron-on transfer paper before, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Firstly, if you’ll be using an inkjet printer to print the labels, make sure that the transfer paper you purchase is labeled “for inkjet use.” There is a special iron-on transfer paper that you can use with laser printers. Second, make sure that the transfer paper you buy specifically says “for white or light fabrics.” Conversely, if you’ll be using dark-colored tea towels, you would buy transfer paper for “dark fabrics.” Third, always read the instructions included with the transfer paper before you start your project. Some transfer paper requires that you print images mirrored while others do not.
Phew! That was a lot of things to pay attention to. Hopefully, by sharing those “few important things” I’ll save at least one of you from wasting your transfer paper because you forget to mirror the image or you bought the wrong kind. I’m just looking out for you guys cause I kind of like you and all.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
After you print out the fruit crate labels on the transfer paper, carefully cut them out. Turn your iron on and put it on the cotton setting.
Lay one of the tea towels on a hard surface (like a table) and determine where you want to put the label. Use your measuring tape and then write down the measurements so your other two towels will have the same label placement. Place a piece of parchment paper over the label and then apply pressure and heat (following the directions on your transfer paper packaging).
Let the label cool down for a few minutes and then slowly peel the backing away. If any parts of the label did not attach to the fabric, go back over it with the iron.
Repeat the above-listed steps until you’ve completed all three tea towels.
DYK: I grew up about 15 minutes away from Riviera Groves until it was shut down sometime in the 1970’s. I remember visiting the groves when I was a wee little one so this vintage citrus label is definitely a throwback to my youth. =)
This label is too. Its bright colors remind me of Florida and summers and beaches and not having to adult. It also reminds me of the time I met Lilly Pulitzer, Burt Reynolds, and Diahann Carroll. Those were fun times my friends, fun times.
DYK: Lilly Pulitzer and her husband owned a few citrus groves and in the early days, you could find her selling juice at her fruit stand. Since the juice often stained her dresses, she designed her famous shift dresses to disguise the juice stains with its bright colors and playful patterns. Her fruit stand customers loved her dresses so much that she started selling them right at her fruit stand and voila, the Lilly Pulitzer brand was born.
I just love this apple crate label. Nothing says summer like a dip in the lake!
What was once three boring tea towels are now three summer stunners full of color, fun, and nostalgia. I just love how they dress up my off-white stove. P.S. I hate my off-white stove. 😉
Note: I’ve included all three labels in the free download (including mirrored copies) for a total of six printables. Each label is in easy to use PDF format and is free for your personal use.
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