Retro Dish Towels

One of the craft items that I inherited from my Grandmother were these iron on decals.  I have yet to determine how they will do in the wash, or if I even applied them correctly, but I decided to test them out on a few tie-dyed dish towels that I dyed a few years ago.  This was a fun, easy process with bright and colorful results.



  • Iron on Decals
  • Dish Towels
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Scissors


  1. Cut out the decals if they are not already cut out.  Make sure to leave about a one centimeter edge of paper around each decal.  That way you will have an edge to lift from.
  2. Lay your dish towel out flat across the ironing board with your desired decal area facing up ward.
  3. Place the decal face-down on top of the place where want to transfer the image onto. You might want to consider pining the image in place if the decal does not want to stay in place.
  4. Press the hot iron down along the backside of the decal for about 10-15 seconds.  This is where the age of the decals can be a little problematic.  You want the image to transfer fully, but you do not want the actual paper to stick to the towel.
  5. While the image is still hot, gently lift the decal paper from the towel.
  6. Allow the decal to cool and set in.  I gave the decals about an hour before I refolded and stored the towels.
  7. I will let you know how the washing goes at a later date.




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