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Definition Art Tea Towels

One of the best things about owning a Silhouette is all of the cool gifts that I can make with it!  I always get, “You made this?!  How did you make this?”  I made these cute definition art tea towels as teacher appreciation gifts for Evan’s kindergarten teachers.  They loved them!  So fun for any kitchen decor!

Wrap the tea towels up with some cookies and a note, and you’ve got yourself a simple homemade gift!

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These tea towels were so easy to make!  All you need is a flour sack tea towel, some vinyl, and some fabric paint.  I got the tea towels at the craft store in the embroidery section.  They are the same kind I used to make Audrey’s flour sack towel skirt.  Wash and iron them first.
I made the cut file using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.  The fonts I used were Type Wrong, Arial, and Times New Roman.  I used the circle tool to make the circle after the “kitch” in kitch-en.  Easy peasy!  You can even download the free cut file here if you want.

Cut your vinyl, peel out the letters, and transfer your stencil onto the bottom, middle of your tea towel.

Take some black matte fabric paint and paint over the stencil.  Just be careful not to shove the paint under the vinyl.  Silhouette also makes a fabric ink that I am dying to try!

Wait for the paint to dry and then peel off your stencil.  Voila!  Now just heat set the paint and you are done.  Follow the instructions on your paint.  This usually involves ironing or throwing it in the dryer.


Go check out my other Silhouette craft tutorials to see what else you can make with this awesome machine!

**edit: I made a second tea towel!  You can see that one here.**

Cutesy Crafts is an affiliate of Silhouette America and will receive a commission if my promo code is used. As part of Silhouette’s promotion, I was given a free product to use. All opinions are my own. To read my full disclosures click here.  

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Sarah k

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Can the stencil be reused more than once? Thanks!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Unfortunately it can't. If you want to make the project cheaper, you can try using contact paper from the dollar store instead of vinyl. I've used it successfully for stencils. It's just a little harder to see when weeding.


Tuesday 12th of July 2016

Great idea and thank you for the file!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

You're welcome! Glad you like it. :)

Shal @

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

Love these ... great gift idea :)


Thursday 10th of April 2014

Thanks for cut file.I used it.

Jessica Anderson

Monday 14th of April 2014

You're welcome! Glad you were able to use it!

Carissa Rasmussen

Friday 12th of July 2013

so adorable! i need one of these:)

Jessica Anderson

Friday 12th of July 2013

Thanks, Carissa!

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