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Make Your Own Beautiful Iron-On Transfer Cloth Napkins

Well, yesterday was part two of the two-part procedure I had to straighten my crooked pinky fingers. I have something called Duyputren’s Contracture which is hereditary and tends to strike people of Scandinavian descent. Darn Danish blood! 😉 Anyway, since both hands are still bandaged and I’m still typing with two fingers my friend Kim kindly offered to step in and blog for me today. I normally have these kinds of things planned out better, but the level of discomfort kind of took me by surprise! So Im very grateful to Kim for jumping in at the very last minute! Please give her a warm OGT welcome! 🙂

Kim writes:

When I saw the photo of Jill’s hands all bandaged up, I knew the only way I could help would be to help her blog! We love Jill and must get our daily fix!

I was already planning a post for my own site about these Iron On Transfer Napkins for Easter or spring and thought the One Good Thing by Jillee readers may enjoy them too!

Related: How to Clean Your Iron (Including the Soleplate Residue)

I’m Kim from Today’s Creative Blog and InspirationDIY, where I’ve been sharing ways to live a creative life for over 7 years! I love all things creative, whether it’s crafting, decorating or sharing my Slow Cooker Sunday recipes. Life is just more fun when it’s creative!

I LOVE iron on Transfers! This is seriously one of the easiest crafts you’ll ever do.

I love doing iron on transfers on anything I can! I am always doing dish towels.

And I’m known to do a few pillows too, especially around Christmas time. It is the easiest way to add instant charm to your home.

Now that I’ve convinced you to try it…….let me show you how I do it.

First, gather your supplies.

  • Iron On Transfer Paper – I use either Jolee’s or Avery. I like them both. I find them at Michael’s and make sure to get ones for light fabric.
  • Cloth Napkins – You want cotton. You can use a poly blend, but you’ll need to be very careful not to scorch them while ironing.
  • Iron and ironing board.
  • Images – I find all my images on The Graphics Fairy. They are free. I “save as” and then open up a word doc to insert the image. This way I can control their size and get several on one sheet.

1. After choosing my image, I load my printer with the lined side of my transfer paper facing up.

You want it to print on the non lined side, so depending on your printer and how it’s set up, will depend on how you load the paper.

2. Trim image and place image face down on your fabric where you want the design to be. Press your HOT iron (no steam) over the image, ironing it for about 20 seconds.

I know it’s tempting to lift it up right away, but wait til it’s cool.

3. After it’s cooled (it only takes about 1 minute or so to cool) gently peel up on corner, making sure it’s adhering to the fabric. If it all looks great, continue peeling. This is your Martha moment! You’ll feel like doing a cartwheel!

And now you’ve got yourself a darling napkin!

I wash all my iron on transfer items with no issues, but do read the package instructions for more details.

I just created a fun table runner with a bee. I’m thinking these napkins will look great with it. Great for any spring or summer dinner or even Easter!

You can find more creative inspiration on Today’s Creative Blog or InspirationDIY. Or follow Kim on Pinterest.

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