I realized this year that of all of the holiday crafts on my blog, I’ve never made anything specifically for Thanksgiving. Obviously that needed to change! I came up with an idea for a phrase that I wanted for a Thanksgiving kitchen towel. There was not a design in existence anywhere with the that phase (Full of turkey, pie & thanks) so I did some adding and slicing in Design Space and came up with this custom image that I love!
One of my favorite things about working with Design Space is that it’s like you can be a graphic designer without learning the confusing (and expensive!) design programs. There are tons of images in Design Space and (many of which are free with Cricut Access), but if you have something very specific in mind that you can’t find (like I did with this “Full of turkey, pie & Thanks Thanksgiving tea towel), you can either upload it into Design Space if you find it elsewhere, or you can use multiple designs with elements that you like to create your image (and simply hide or remove the elements from it that you don’t want). Design Bundles, etsy and Creative Market are some of my favorite places to find SVGs and images for cutting with a Cricut when I’m looking for other ideas.
I found these 2 designs whose fonts I loved, so I combined them by hiding the elements I didn’t want with the contour tool or removing them completely where necessary with the slice tool. (You can see the individual designs/elements on the right that I hid and sliced to create the completed design on the left). I even hid and duplicated and duplicated and hid some more to make the “FULL OF” line in the same font by pulling those letters out of other parts of the image (I just had to add a random “O” in).
The slice function is pretty common, but you may not realize that you won’t have to do so much slicing if you’re able to hide some of the contours in a design. Simply click Contour on the bottom right corner of Design Space (desktop) and then click the elements of the design that you don’t want to cut. You’ll know that they’re hidden once they become greyed out.
Fun fact: originally I had a heart where the comma is and it’s looked like I was saying that I was full of turkey pie & thanks (see below). That doesn’t sound very good, but certainly demonstrates the importance of a well positioned comma (the heart didn’t cut it as a comma!) Luckily I realized it when I laid out the design before I pressed!
How to Make a Thanksgiving Kitchen Towel with a Cricut
Printable instruction card below.
Supplies to Make Thanksgiving Tea Towels
You can use a Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Air 2 or a Cricut Joy to make your Thanksgiving kitchen towel. In addition to the towel itself, you will also need Iron-on vinyl, an EasyPress or iron and the Full of Turkey, Pie & Thanks cut file.
For my Thanksgiving towel I used fall-ish shades of iron-on (wine, brown and gold) but any color or type of iron-on will work to make a DIY kitchen towel.
Are you ready to make one? I’d love to see it if you do! Send me a pic in email or tag me on social @lydioutloud!
DIY Thanksgiving Kitchen Towel
- Open the Full of Turkey, Pie & Thanks cut file in Cricut Design Space and make any customizations you'd like.
- Click "Make It" and select your material. Remember to mirror your image. Place the liner side down (the shiny side) onto the standard grip cutting mat, load into the machine and cut.
- Remove the iron-on from the machine and mat. Peel away the material from the negative space around the design and weed material inside of letters.
- Follow the EasyPress heat guide for press time and temperature based on the type of iron-on used and the project material. Preheat area for 5 seconds. Position the design with the liner side up on the tea towel. Cover with a piece of parchment or a press cloth. For a 100% cotton towel, press for 30 seconds at 315° F.
- Allow to cool completely before peeling away liner. If the design starts to lift as you pull back the liner, press for another 10 - 15 seconds. Flip over and press for 15 seconds.