Welcome to day 13 of my 25 days of Craftmas series. Today, I’m showing you how to make these pretty Buffalo Check Christmas Dish Towels. This is another quick and easy Christmas project to make. I love how adding just a little bit of vinyl transformed these regular towels into something special for Christmas. The red glitter heat transfer vinyl pops against the black and white. These towels are great for your own home, but they also make a great gift for family, friends, and neighbors. Read on for the full tutorial.

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The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called Christmas Sayings BA1829. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2021 Category-Day 13.


Open the designs in your software program.  There are 4 different designs in the file.

Resize each design so it fits on your towel (you might need to ungroup them first).  I sized each design to 5″ wide.

Since we are using heat transfer vinyl, you’ll need to mirror the design before you send it to your machine to cut.

When everything is ready to cut,  load the heat transfer vinyl onto your cutting mat with the shiny side facing down. Then, cut out the design.  When everything is finished cutting, remove the vinyl from your cutting mat and trim off any unused vinyl.

Weed away the excess vinyl from around the design. Start in the corner and use a weeding tool to separate the vinyl from the clear carrier sheet. Keep pulling up on the vinyl until you’ve removed all the excess from around your design.

Use the weeding tool to help remove the excess vinyl from inside the letters and shapes.

Once you’ve removed all the excess vinyl, you can flip over your designs to see what they will look like.


Grab the white vinyl design and place it on your towel.  Adjust the design so it’s straight and centered.  My towels were folded in thirds, so I just centered the design between the folds.

Unfold the towel so it’s nice and flat.

Press the vinyl for 3-5 seconds, just long enough to tack it down.

Then, remove the clear carrier sheet.

Place the red vinyl over the top of the white vinyl.  Do your best to match everything up.

You can stretch or scrunch the towel to help the design fit into place.

Press the design for about 15 seconds.

Then, carefully pull off the carrier sheet.

And that’s it! Now you’ve got some cute Christmas towels to dress up your kitchen for Christmas


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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library



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