Cricut Craft – Appliqued Beach Towel

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Cricut

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You might remember an appliqued beach towel post from last year, but this one is new and improved!

Appliqued/personalized towels are one of my favorite things to make and gifts to give kids and babies, and my sister even just made one for a girl in her neighborhood for a graduation present.

Toddler beach towels are fun to make too – here’s what you need:

  • regular bath towel
  • heat-n-bond
  • fabric scraps

1. Cut out the design (with a Cricut or from any other kind of template) and trace upside down onto the paper backing of the heat-n-bond. Cut heat-n-bond loosely around your design.

2. Press heat-n-bond to fabric and cut out design.

3. Press design to towel and edge stitch around all edges with a contrasting thread color on top and thread to match your towel in the bobbin.

4. Cut a neck hole in the center of the towel. Use one of your child’s t-shirts for a pattern and cut it a little smaller because the towel will stretch.

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I used this whale from Create a Critter and the J is from Simply Sweet.

I love that Elliot can wear this towel so I don’t have to worry about keeping it on him at the pool. I’m going to make one for Gus and cut the towel in half. For an adult, you could use a bath sheet.

Happy pool partying!

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1 Katie Stewart June 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

That is absolutely adorable and I never would have thought to use a Cricut in such a way. This gives me one more reason why I should get one! Thanks for sharing the instructions too. Can this be done on blankets? Have you tried that?

2 jennifer hamilton June 14, 2010 at 5:48 am

I also don’t have a Cricut but really enjoy reading about all the creations that you have made using yours. I love this and may have a valid arguement with my husband over the price of purchasing one when I inform him of all the that you can create – I am thinking baby shower gifts with onesies, custom birthday tee … the possibilities are endless. Thank you so much for all the inspiration you provide :)

3 Peggy May 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Love using the Cricut with fabric idea! I was wondering did you just put the fabric on you cutting board or did you back your fabric with something first?

4 DeeDee March 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm

I love this idea! I got my Cricut Explore to make cards and scrapbooking, but using it to make patterns for appliques opens up unlimited possibilities I never dreamed of. I love your beach/bath towel idea – went right out and bought the supplies for making one for my grandson! I’ve only had the machine for a week, but I can see me using it daily. Thanks for the great idea!

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