Gift Giving: Family Recipe on a Tea Towel

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Posted on November 25, 2021 by Wendy Boulay
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With the Christmas season fast approaching, do you find yourself once again struggling to come up with the perfect gift idea? Every year, there always seems to be that one person who is a challenge to buy for, the one who seems to already have everything.

Fear not…I’ve got your back! With a little help from some good ol’ HTV and a dollar store tea towel, you can give a unique and oh-so-thoughtful gift that’s affordable too!

Family Recipe on a Tea Towel

  • Supplies
  • Digital Products
  • Cricut Design Space
    • Texts
    • Embellishments
  • Cutting and Weeding
  • Cricut EasyPress 2
    • Prepare your Blank
    • Pressing

Supplies Needed

  • Heat-transfer vinyl (HTV)
  • Digital products: Fonts: Milk and Honey Century Mt Std (Design Space)
  • Tea towel blank
  • Heat-resistant tape
  • Butcher or parchment paper
  • Weeding tools
  • Lint roller
  • Cricut EasyPress 2 & mat
  • Measuring tape

Digital Products

Before you open up Design Space, head on over to Creative Fabrica and check out the Milk and Honey font.

milk and honey font

I love this font so much that it is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Milk and Honey adds a “fancy” element to a slightly chunky serif font, and when you use some of the glyphs it can really make your designs stand out. It’s also super easy to cut and weed; and for us “weeding haters” out there, that is a huge bonus! 😊

Once you have downloaded the font to your computer, extract it, install the font, and then open up Cricut Design Space.

Cricut Design Space

Texts

Now that you already have your new font installed, start a new canvas.

tea towel

First, take all of the store tickets and tags off of your new tea towel if it has any. Then open it up, and with your measuring tape, take the length and width of the entire towel. In Design Space, insert a shape from the Shapes Library and unlock it; changing the dimensions to the same measurements that you just took of the tea towel. Then, lock it back up. If desired, alter the color to reflect a similar one of your towel blank to give you a better visual of your design.

tea towel template

This will be the template that you can size your recipe upon, once completed.

To begin creating your design, insert a text box and type out the title that you want your recipe to be. Use the Character Map on your desktop to access the glyphs by choosing Unicode Subrange, then Private Use Characters.

character map

If you like, you can even ungroup the text string so that you can enlarge the capital letters – adding a little extra pizazz to the title!

ungrouped letters in design space

Use the Alignment tool to place your title texts appropriately, then group them so that you don’t accidentally shift anything.

Time for the recipe! Insert another text field and type out the ingredients, then change the font to Century Mt Std. Of course, you can choose any other font that you like, but I personally find that this pairs so well with the Milk and Honey font, while adding an air of professionalism to the recipe. Again, play around with the alignment tool to determine how you would like your text to be arranged.

ingredients for htv

Now it’s time to add yet another text field for the directions of the recipe. Just repeat the same process as you did for the ingredients, but remember to reduce the text size slightly.

directions for htv recipe

By creating the separate text fields, it allows you to easily move the sections around any decorative embellishments you might want to add on.

Embellishments

To do this, open up the Images Library and search for “flourishes”. I used the Flourish #M6DCE80F as I really like how it creates a separation from the title to the ingredients.

adding a flourish for recipe

Play around with a few different flourishes to find one that looks best with the recipe you have chosen for this project. You might even want to grab another one to place at the bottom after the directions.

Just for fun, I found a great little graphic to place at the bottom as well, which adds a cute little finish to the design!

bottom flourish

Once you have gathered all of your images and/or flourishes, place all of your sections in a manner that you like. Just remember to use the Alignment tool often to ensure that your design is uniform. 

Change any of your sections to whichever color you plan on creating on the tea towel. Seeing as this is a Christmas gift, I decided to keep it simple by using some red, green, and black HTV. 

recipe on a tea towel design

  • 👉 A Note About HTV: I recommend using a standard heat-transfer vinyl for this project. Although this project is meant to be used for decorative purposes, using any specialty types (ie: glitter or holographic) could cause some issues if the tea towel is ever used to dry dishes. 

With your design complete, group everything, and then you’re ready for cutting!

Cutting and Weeding

To begin the preparation for cutting, duplicate the grouped design for as many different colors that you are using.

htv colors in design space

Make sure you remember to attach where needed, then click on that Make It button!

Depending on the size of your design (and tea towel) Design Space may warn you that you need a larger mat – make sure that you have a mat that can accommodate the design then click on OK.

Prepare your mat as it appears on the digital version, but remember to MIRROR all of the different colored mats! If you forget to mirror, your entire design will be backward, essentially ruining your project! 

mirror design space

When you’re ready, click on continue, choose the appropriate material settings, then cut!

Weed as per your usual methods – exercising your “crafter’s patience, it’s a lot of weeding! 😉

  • 🧐 Weeding Tip: I use a lighted pad to help see the small details when weeding!

light pad for weeding

Get ready to press!

Cricut EasyPress 2

Prepare your Blank

To begin the preparation for pressing your design onto the tea towel, first, get your pressing area set up and ready to go. Layout your tea towel blank on the mat and lightly go over it with a lint roller – this helps to remove any loose threads and materials that could interfere with your heat-transfer vinyl from adhering well.

Then, heat up your EasyPress 2 according to your vinyl manufacture’s recommendations, also adjusting the timer as necessary. Using the Cricut Heat Guide can also be very helpful. 

When the machine reaches temperature, pre-press your blank to remove any excess moisture and wrinkles. 

Pressing

The largest text section should be the first part of the design that you press. This will make it easier to line up the other colored sections more accurately. Center it as best as you can, (using the measuring tape can be helpful) then using your butcher or parchment paper, press!

pressing a recipe on a tea towel

When the EasyPress signals that the timer is finished, and depending on if your vinyl is a warm or cool peel, remove the mask.

Now just repeat the same process for the rest of your designs, reusing the parchment and/or masks as needed to ensure that you protect the already transferred pieces of vinyl.

That’s it! You now have a super special gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life!

Keep on Crafting! 💖🎄

family recipe on a tea towel


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