Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Dishtowel | Pottery Barn Inspired

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We "love" a good knock off project, so today we are sharing with you a Valentine's Day dishtowel.  This project was inspired by Pottery Barn's "LOVE" dish towel.   I tweaked the colors and did red wording instead of black to make it more specific to Valentine's Day.
For this project you will need your trusty Silhouette Cameo, I honestly don't know what we would do without ours - it's awesome!  This is the first project I have used Silhouette's Fabric Interfacing Clean Cut.  To cut fabric on your Silhouette you also need a special fabric blade, this is colored blue instead of your normal blade that is colored black.

Supplies Needed:
White Dishtowel
Red Cotton Fabric

The first step for me was measuring my dishtowel to see how large I wanted my "Love" to be.  My stencil measures 7 x 6 inches.  You can download the stencil here - you will need to save it to your computer as a Silhouette file, then open the file in your Silhouette Studio.

Now you will need to prep your fabric.  I don't have a picture of this, but you will iron on the fabric interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric (see instructions on the package).  Once the fabric interfacing is ironed on, you will peel back the white paper.  Now stick your fabric on the mat with the interfacing side down.
For a light cotton fabric I used a blade setting of 4.  I have also tried to cut fleece and even with a blade setting of 9, I was not able to get it to cut.  So be sure to test out your blade setting before you start.

Insert the mat into your Silhouette and cut out the project.  This is what it looked like when I peeled back the large piece of extra fabric.  The font I chose is probably not the best font for fabric, there are a lot of cut lines and little pieces. 

Peel off all the additional fabric until your letters look this.

Now transfer each piece of fabric to your dishtowel.  I started with the bottom letters then did the top. I opted not to use the transfer paper for this step because I was afraid it was too sticky and I'd never get the fabric off it.

Now iron the fabric letters to your dishtowel.  You only need to hold down the iron for about 10 seconds to get them to stick.
And there you have it - a decorative Valentine's Day dishtowel!

This project was pretty quick to complete and I'm really happy with the look.  One thing to note when using the Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing is that this product is for items that won't have heavy use or be washed a lot.  If you want something more durable you can use the Sewable Fabric Interfacing and sew down the fabric to your dishtowel.

Overall, I really like Silhouette's Fabric Interfacing.  The only issue I had with this project is a little fabric fraying; if you look closely at the "L" you can see some fraying.  I'm not sure if this is from the fabric or the interfacing.  I would recommend using a font that does not require so many cuts to help minimize the fraying. 
This is a super cute decorative dish towel for Valentine's Day and would even make a great gift!
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