Use this free hand-lettered design to create your own unique projects and gifts like this DIY dish cloth gift idea. Learn how to use heat transfer vinyl and your Silhouette to create personalized kitchen accessories in no time. This post contains affiliate links, which help to support this blog. Thank you!
Guys. Today is a pretty exciting day here at Persia Lou because today is the launch day of my first-ever online course. I am so excited to share my new Craftsy Course, Silhouette Saavy: Venture into Vinyl! To help me celebrate, some of my sweet and amazingly talented blogger friends are joining me to share over twenty inspiring vinyl projects (they are all so good!).
But first, a little bit about my new class. Silhouette Saavy: Venture into Vinyl is an online video class you can take any time anywhere, for ever. It will you everything you need to get started cutting vinyl with your Silhouette and walk you through creating eleven different vinyl projects, including these:
So fun, right?! You will get all the cut files you need as well as video guidance for each step, and you will learn techniques such as layering adhesive vinyl, cutting large-scale decals, using the print and cut feature with printable heat transfer material, creating vinyl stencils for screen printing, and more. If cutting vinyl makes you nervous, then this is 100% the class for you.
Psst – If you are new to working with vinyl, I also have a written beginner’s guide to working with vinyl right here on the blog! You can check out my Vinyl 101 guide right HERE.
Today, I am going to give you a little sneak peek of some of the techniques we will be practicing in the class with today’s simple heat transfer vinyl project. I created this little hand-lettered design, and thought it would be the perfect thing for a cute DIY dish cloth. I am imagining this wrapped around a loaf of pumpkin bread or packaged up in a basket of baking goodies. Wouldn’t that just be perfect?
DIY Dish Cloth Supplies:
- Dish Cloths (I got mine at Ikea or these are similar)
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (Expressions Vinyl is my favorite place to get vinyl. I used black Siser Easyweed for this project)
- Silhouette Cameo
- Weeding Hook (Straight pins work well for this too)
- Gimme Some Sugar Download (SVG or Studio3 file)
Step One – Prep the File & Cut
Open the Gimme Some Sugar file (find the SVG and Studio files in the supply list above) in your Silhouette Studio Software. Scale the image to the size you want your final design to be. Because we are using heat transfer vinyl, you need to make sure to mirror the design before cutting. To do this, click on the design to select it, then click Object > Mirror > Flip Horizontally. Select Heat Transfer Material, Smooth from the Material Type menu. Do a test cut to check your settings, and then send it to the Silhouette to cut.
Step Two – Weed
When the design is all cut, it’s time to remove that excess vinyl. If I’m cutting a smaller design like this from a large sheet, I always like to cut around my design with a paper trimmer or a pair of scissors before weeding to avoid wasting any vinyl. Use your hook or a straight pin or craft knife to help you peel up the excess vinyl around your design. Don’t forget to get all those little spaces inside the letters!
Step Three – Apply
You need two things to adhere heat transfer vinyl to fabric – heat and pressure. You can accomplish this with your home iron by setting it to the cotton setting (with the steam turned off) and by pressing down with the iron onto a firm surface. To really get good pressure, I prefer to use an ironing pad like this one on a sturdy table instead of a folding ironing board. You can also try putting a wooden cutting board on your table.
Position your design with the clear cover sheet is facing up on your dish cloth. The plastic is usually tough enough to withstand the heat of the iron, but if it starts to melt or warp, you may want to cover it with a thin piece of cotton fabric or some multi-use paper (love that stuff!). Press down with the iron on each section of the design for 10-15 seconds. Peel off the clear plastic sheet. If the vinyl wants to come off with the clear sheet, give it some more heat and pressure and try again. When the vinyl has really adhered well you will be able to see the weave of the fabric through the vinyl.
And that’s it! Your cute dish towel is all done and ready for gifting!
This is a nice, simple heat transfer vinyl project, but in my course you will learn more advanced techniques such as how to layer heat transfer vinyl, how to work with printable heat transfer material, and how to apply heat transfer material to difficult surfaces like shoes.
I also cut the same design from a bit of coral glitter adhesive vinyl for a cute mug that would make an adorable gift when filled with some hot cocoa packets.
I made this mug using the same process I outlined in this DIY personalized mugs post. You can also learn this technique with step by step video instructions in my Craftsy course. 🙂
Which do you like better the dish cloth or the mug? It’s a tough choice!
Okay – now for all of those amazing vinyl crafts! My blogging buds really knocked it out of the park with these – so much inspiration! Click the links below the collage for instructions for each project. Enjoy!
Hand Lettered Elf Food Groups T-Shirt – Pitter and Glink
Monogramed Hairbrush – The Craft Patch
Bring Wine Winter Socks – Tried & True
Hello My Name Is Personalized Newborn Onesie – Where the Smiles Have Been
Hakuna Moscato Wine Glass Decal – That’s What Che Said
Vinyl Christmas Countdown – Sugar Bee Crafts
Made with Love Vinyl Gift – A Girl and a Glue Gun
Merry Christmas Door Hanger – Minted Strawberry
Get Your Write On Pencil Holder – Delineate Your Dwelling
Thankful Jar – Kiki & Company
Gimme Some Sugar Hand-Lettered Dish Cloth – Persia Lou
DIY Elf Quote Christmas Pillows – A Kailo Chic Life
Giant Hello Sign Tutorial – Ginger Snap Crafts
DIY Diamond Trinket Dish – Maritza Alisa
DIY Baby Mobile – Sew What Alicia
DIY Framed Clipboard – Sisters What
Believe in Magic Christmas Banner – Happiness is Homemade
Chalk Style Snowflake Ornaments – Flamingo Toes
Merry Plate – One Artsy Mama
Feast Mode Thanksgiving T-Shirt – Dream a Little Bigger
DIY Christmas Star – Cutesy Crafts
O Holy Night Christmas Star – A Pumpkin and a Princess
Tis The Season Shadow Box – Practically Functional
And finally – time for our giveaway! One of you lucky folks will win everything you need to start making your own amazing vinyl projects! The prize includes a brand new Cameo 3 (yay!), a collection of vinyl, and the Silhouette Saavy: Venture into Vinyl Craftsy Class. The giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only (sorry, international friends) 18 or older and will close midnight Monday 11/21 Pacific Time. A big thanks to Persia Lou, Silhouette, and Craftsy for sponsoring the giveaway.
That’s it for today, friends! Happy Making!
Comments + Project Love
Kiki A Comin says
This is baking perfection! Can’t wait to make some!
Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling says
Love it, friend! So excited for your course!!
Thanks so much for being a part of this!! You are the best.
These projects are so great! I really love how the coral glitter vinyl looks on the mug 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!
Thanks, Terrie! Thanks for entering the giveaway. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. 🙂
Hi Alexis! I just LOVE your site and am so excited to learn more from you!!! For some reason, I am having trouble opening up the free files for the GIVE ME SOME SUGAR. Would you be able to email it to me in a png or pdf format? I would be so thankful! Thank you!
I just love everything you do! The towel and mug are both great, but I have a thing for mugs, so I think it’s my favorite. Good luck with your class! I know you will rock it. 🙂
Thanks so much, Bethany! Your Elf design is one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. Seriously – so good!
Love this idea so much. Thanks for including me and encouraging me to venture into the wonderful world of vinyl, Alexis!
And thank you for joining with us! I just love your work.
On the cutesy craft entry I accidentally typed Brooker3oo instead of brooker399. I couldn’t edit it.
Okay, thanks for letting me know, Brooke!
Gina Kleinworth says
Can’t even tell you just how much I love this – especially the mug. I’m super duper crossing my fingers to win- I SO NEED a cutting machine. 🙂
Yes you do! I would love it if you won!
Kay Peterson says
Would the instructions for this class apply to older machines? I’ve had mine for a few years now, but really never explored all the options so this sounds perfect if they do!
Hi Kay! Yes! I use the new machine in the video, but you will be able to use any Silhouette Cameo for the projects we make in the class. I will point out any differences you need to know. 🙂
Kay Peterson says
Thank you! Off to find the class 🙂
Mindy H says
Love this project and would like to make some for Christmas gifts. Was just trying to order the towels but it appears that both brands of towels that you’ve linked have a stripe right down the center, which would make it tough to add your adorable word art to the towel. Any recommendations on where to find inexpensive vinyl friendly towels that have the 2 stripes like on your project?
Hi Mindy! Thanks for pointing that out to me. I will need to update my list! I got my dish cloths at Ikea, and they are great and really inexpensive. The only downside is you can’t order them online, so if you don’t have an Ikea nearby that’s not a great option. I just found this one on amazon, but only the red option has the stripe on the sides instead of down the center: http://amzn.to/2fgHi7D I hope that helps!
What font did you use for the GIMME SOME SUGAR? I really love it!!! Thank you for sharing your ideas!!!
Hi Lori – I hand lettered the design, so I don’t have a font available.
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That good gift. I like your post! Thanks for sharing!