The first thing you want to do is get your towel and iron it. I can pretty much guarantee you this is the first - and last time - I'll ever iron a towel. I'm working with a heat press so I just pressed the towel for about 10 seconds. You can do this with an iron as well.
Next you want to fold the edges of the towel in like you would when it's hanging on the towel bar. This will help you with sizing the design so it's not half folded over or way too small. Press again to mark where the folds are.
Measure the distance between the two creases and that's going to give you an idea of how to size the design.
Now go into Silhouette Studio and create your design. I unfortunately, and without thinking it through, picked a frame with what seemed like 803 tiny dots (someone stop me the next time I think that's a good idea) and added a monogram inside. The distance between the two folds on my hand towel was about 7" so I made my design about 4" wide.
Mirror the design and then cut it. And now you can see why this design was my nemesis.
And now we're ready to press the design onto the towel. Place the decal where you want it to be - measuring it to ensure it's centered between the two creases. Remember, the time and temperature that you need for the HTV will depend on the type of heat transfer vinyl. Siser North America's app makes it very easy to make sure you're getting it right.
Before I pressed, I placed a piece of cardboard box under the towel to increase the pressure. This helps to ensure that the HTV really melts into the towel since it's got texture to it. I put my teflon sheet over the htv/towel and then pressed.
TIP: If you are working with an iron I would HIGHLY suggest you work on the floor so you can really press down on the iron from above.
After I pressed the first time, I removed the clear sheet. Just to ensure the heat transfer vinyl was pressed really well into the towel, I flipped it over and pressed again.
Seriously easy and they make a big impact and a great gift!
I have thrown the towel in the laundry (washer and dryer << against my own advice) and it turned out okay. The HTV was fine and didn't peel, but it was a little 'wrinkly' so you may want to press it from the back side again after washing.
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