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Create Personalized Tea Towels with the Cricut Joy

Looking for an inexpensive hostess gift? Want to brighten up your own kitchen? With just a scrap of iron-on and your Cricut Joy you can create personalized tea towels for any occasion!
Author: Beth Kingston


  • Cricut Design Space Image – I used Floral and Leaf Image #M14791A14
  • linen or flour cloth tea towel
  • Cricut Joy
  • Everyday Iron On Vinyl – I used Raspberry
  • Cricut Joy Standard Grip Mat
  • Weeding Tool
  • Scissors
  • Cricut EasyPress Mini
  • EasyPress Mat or towel



  • Prewash and dry the tea towel. Iron out all wrinkles and creases.


  • Open Cricut Design Space.
  • Click on the “+” sign to start a new project, opening up a blank canvas.
  • Click on the Images button from the toolbar.
  • Search Floral and Leaf Image #M14791A14 and then click on the image to insert it on the canvas.
  • Adjust the size by highlighting the image and clicking on the size box in the top toolbar. Change the measurement to 4.25” high by 4.376” wide.


  • Select “Make It” in the upper right corner to proceed with cutting.
  • Choose “With Mat” unless you are using a non Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl.
  • Click the “Mirror” toggle button to on. This is necessary for ALL iron on vinyl cuts.
  • Cut the Everyday Iron-On Vinyl width to 4.5” to fit on the Cricut Joy grip mat. Press continue.
  • Choose Everyday Iron-On Vinyl from the list of options in the drop down menu.
  • Place the Iron-On vinyl directly onto the standard grip Cricut mat with the SHINY SIDE DOWN. You can use a smaller piece, but we decided not to trim the vinyl until after we’d cut the image.
  • Following the instructions prompted on the screen, cut out the vinyl.


  • Remove the Everyday Iron-On Vinyl from the mat.
  • Cut around the image and put aside the left over vinyl for another project
  • Using a weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl leaving only the floral image.


  • Position the mat or a towel on a flat surface.
  • Set the temperature and time on the machine following the chart for the type of vinyl and material being used or use this EasyPress Interactive Quick Reference Guide.
  • If your towel is 100% cotton and you are using Everyday Iron-On Vinyl, set the EasyPress Mini to medium heat.
  • Determine where you will be placing the image and preheat the tea towel in that spot for 5 seconds. This will prep the fabric for the vinyl, removing all excess moisture as well as help to remove any creases and wrinkles from the fabric.
  • Place the cut image on to the tea towel with the shiny side up.
  • Press the image on to the tea towel for 25 seconds, constantly moving EasyPress Mini as you press.
  • Turn the apron upside down and apply heat for another 15 seconds.
  • While vinyl is still warm, peel the plastic part of the vinyl off carefully and discard.
  • Make sure you do not place an iron or the EasyPress Mini directly over the vinyl without the protective plastic cover.