It’s been nearly a year since I made these and I’m not sure why I haven’t shared them. Actually I do know why-the photos of these moustache dish towels aren’t that great. I finished them up on Christmas Eve Day last year and as they were gifts, I was in a rush to get them out the door.
It’s such a fun project though, so I’m sharing it anyways despite the crummy photos. I made batches of these for a few of my friends last year and they were well received. They were rather simple to make and if you are not a sewer you can skip the hot pads and just make the moustache dish towels.
The dishtowels came premade from the craft store. I purchased some iron-on material from Pazzles and used my Pazzles Inspiration to cut out the iron-on. Here’s the process I followed, and it can be adapted to any electronic die cutter to cut out iron-on material:
- Open image or design one. Before cutting make sure your image is mirrored. In the Pazzles Pro /InVue software you can do this right in the cut control panel. In other cutting software you may need to mirror the image before entering the cut control panel. You need to do this so that when it is ironed on it will be facing the correct direction. (Not a big deal with moustaches, but critical when words are involved.)
- Cut around image to get it of the main sheet of your iron-on so you can save the scraps for another project. Weed around the image so you have only the moustache still attached to the backing plastic. (Weeding just means pulling away and removing the excess iron-on material.
- Place your image face down on your dishtowel. Place a brown paper grocery/lunch sack over the backing and then press your iron onto the paper bag. Hold it for 10 seconds and remove. If you are working with a larger image it is important to press, then lift the iron off and move to another spot. If you slide the iron across the image (like you would if you were actually ironing), you may smear your design.
- Let the image cool for about 30 seconds and then peel the backing paper away. If you start to peel away the backing and your image starts to lift off the material, place it back down and heat set it for 10 more seconds.
Think of the personalized dish towels you could make for everyone you know. Monograms for the newlyweds, cat silhouettes for the cat lady in your life.
I made the pot holders to match with some Alexander Henry “Where’s my stash?” fabric using this pot holder tutorial.
Now that you have iron-on material instructions, give this a try!