Make these printed tea towels in just minutes! With upcoming Christmas parties and friends stopping by unexpectedly, these simple Christmas tea towels are great for a lovely hostess gift or adorable vintage Christmas decor that is functional too. Includes links to files for free Christmas stencils.
I don’t know about you, but I have been working hard on getting the house decorated for Christmas and I am sharing this easy Christmas tea towel tutorial.
You might know that I love decorating on a budget. From foraging the yard for cheap Christmas decor to making my own gingerbread ornaments, I love a good bargain that looks great.
Now that the Craft Room makeover is completed, one of my favorite traditions is decorating a festive Christmas Kitchen to spread cheer.
These easy printed tea towels are one of my thrifty ways to hit all of those goals! Painting with simple stencils means they are only a few dollars each to make too!
Free Christmas Stencils
As a bonus, I am sharing the files for your personal use to create these beautiful Christmas stencils. There are 3 designs: a leaping deer, Christmas trees, and ornaments. Each design has text and can be interchanged as you see fit.
For Silhouette and the Silhouette Studio Software, you can download the Cut Files here. The Christmas tea towel stencils are also available as a PDF:
Leaping Deer and Be Merry // Christmas Trees and Season’s Greetings // Ornaments and Believe
- Sack Flour or Tea Towels
- Craft Knife (only if you do not have a cutting machine like this)
- Adhesive Backed Vinyl or Adhesive Stencil Material
- Fabric Paint
- Foam paint brush (a dauber style or stencil brush is best)
- Cardboard or plastic sheeting
Tips for Stenciling
- Make sure you are using an upright stamping motion, or you risk pushing the paint under the stencil.
- Work from the inside of the design to the outer edge.
- After you finish stenciling, leave the stencil in place and allow to dry about 1 hour.
- Touch up areas. You can see better as the towel is drying.
- The fabric paint should be machine washable. Check the instructions on your fabric paint to be sure.
- Heat set your towels so the paint bonds better.
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Frequently asked questions
Yes, they will need to be heat set after drying for at least 24 hours to make the paint permanent. Use a dry iron at medium-high heat on the back side of your towel, and iron in small sections for 3-5 minutes.
Check the fabric paint label to be sure. Generally, once the paint has been heat set, they will be machine washable. Make sure to use the gentle cycle, and either line dry or machine dry them on delicate setting.
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Christmas Tea Towels
- Craft knife
- Craft Cutting Machine
- 3 Towels Sack Flour or Tea Towels
- 3 ft Adhesive Stencil Material
- Fabric Paint
- 1 Stencil Brush or Paint Dauber brush
- Cardboard as a backing for the design
- Stencils linked below in notes section
- Wash and iron your towels. Fold the towel so that the stencil is placed where you want it to be. Slide a piece of cardboard or plastic sheeting under the area you will be stenciling. This prevents bleed through and gives a harder surface to stamp on.
- Using vinyl or other adhesive stencil material, cut the images with either a cutting machine or with a craft knife. Peel off the negative areas where you want the paint to be and lay the stencil into place. I like to roll from the top down to prevent mistakes like the paper sticking to itself. Press well on the edges for a good bond.
- Using a paint dauber or stencil brush, apply the paint over the stencil. Use an upright stamping motion and don't load too much paint on the brush, or you risk pushing the paint under the stencil.
- After it's mostly dry, peel the stencil material off and remove the cardboard backing.
Can I use this pattern on a cricut machine?
You definitely can. The cut files are for silhouette studio software since that is what I have, but they may be able to be converted. In addition, I know that I have converted pdfs to work with my cutting machine using the trace feature.
Carrie @ curlycraftymom says
These turned out nicely! I am actually working on a similar project with my Silhouette for a dish towel for my wine cart. I am worried about it bleeding under the vinyl stencil. I’ll use your tips, thanks!
These are beautiful!!! I think I will have to make a dozen sets – one for each monthly holiday!!! 🙂
These are too cute! I haven’t used my silhouette machine in forever, like it;s been months. This is a fun project! It makes me want to play around with mine. I can’t figure out how to cut vinyl yet though.