How To Make A Personalized Tea Towel For Mother's Day

Give your mom a homemade Mother's Day gift to remember with this simple DIY care package.


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Mother’s Day celebrations this year will be different with quarantining and social distancing measures in effect. A simple and beautiful homemade gift idea is the right way to brighten the mood, and to show your mom that she’s on your mind. DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault is sharing her guide to making your own Mother’s Day care package:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • 100% cotton tea towels
  • T-shirt transfer paper
  • ink jet printer
  • iron (empty water)
  • scissors
  • kid art or photos

Step-By-Step Directions: 

1. Scan or snap a photo of kid art, and crop/ edit/ adjust as needed on your computer (*If your image has writing, be sure to flip to mirror image so it isn’t backwards when you transfer it)

2. Using an inkjet printer, print the images from your computer onto the the transfer paper

3. Cut out each image, but keep a small rounded edge around it

4. Make sure all water is removed from your iron and turn off steam setting, and then heat to cotton setting

 5. Place a smooth, ironed pillow case on a hard surface (preferably wood and not a soft ironing board) which will be your work area

6. Place the tea towel on the work surface and then place the transfer image face down in the desired location

7. Place the iron on the transfer, applying firm pressure slowly from left to right and top to bottom

8. Be sure the iron covers all edges

9. Turn the iron off when finishes, and allow the transfer to cool for 2 minutes

10. Slowly peel the paper backing paper away from top to bottom (*if image begins to lift, reapply iron and allow to cool again before removing backing)

11. Wait 24 hours before washing with colour safe detergent, and tumble dry on low heat