reindeer tea towel tutorial
{from create-celebrate-explore}

by @according2kelly on November 5, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

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so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is tonay, of  create-celebrate-explore. tonya writes…

Hi, I’m Tonya from Create-Celebrate-Explore.  I’m sharing a simple tutorial for making personalized tea towels, which not only make fabulous holiday gifts for family, neighbors, teachers, or as a hostess gift, but you can also use these to wrap gifts instead of using gift wrap or tissue paper in boxes.

How to make a reindeer tea towel
What you need:

  • Plain white tea towel
  • Fabric paint – silver and black
  • Cookie cutters, stamps or stencils – heart and leaf (or swirl)
  • Wood dowel rod or pencil in two sizes

To make:

Begin by putting a little silver fabric paint on a dish or piece of paper.  Using a small paintbrush, brush a little paint around the edge of a heart-shaped cookie cutter.  Stamp onto the tea towel.

How to stamp fabric with cookie cutters
Then do the same thing with either a leaf stamp or cookie cutter too, but just paint one side to make the reindeer antler.  See how it swirls in the image above.

Use a small piece of wood, or ruler to stamp the small cross-sections onto the antlers.

A pencil or wood dowel rod in a couple of sizes works great for stamping on the eyes and nose.

You will notice that the stamped image is a little blotchy and not completely filled in, and that’s okay, it will probably look something like this:

How to stamp using cookie cutters
Using your fabric paint, which should have a small nozzle on the end, very carefully go over the top of all the lines to make the image stand out more.  The silver initially will come out quite light, don’t worry, as it dries, it darkens and sparkles more.

Next, I used a Martha Stewart stencil (but a stamp would work just as well), to make the black swirl pattern underneath the reindeer.  Simply place the stencil onto the fabric, and use a brush, dab on black fabric paint.

Set aside to dry for at least 24 hours, but don’t wash for 72 hours.

DIY personalized tea towel
Happy holiday season everyone.

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for more great ideas be sure to tonya at her blog create-celebrate-explore. & be sure to connect with her on twitter facebook & flickr

Tonya Staab is a freelance writer and the creative mind behind the blog Create-Celebrate-Explorewhere she shares craft tutorials, recipes, party planning, decorating, and travel tips. She was born and raised in Australia, but currently lives in California with her Marine husband and three children; six year old twins and a teenager.

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