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Learn how to make these cute Flour Sack Towels with Iron-on Sayings. These fun decorative hand towels and will add a little flair to the kitchen and be a great conversation piece!

I like quick and easy gift ideas! Last year I had a Personalized Pot Holder project. What about creating a whole kitchen gift basket with today’s flour sack towel project, the potholder, and even this customized serving tray. So now we just need a kitchen towel! So how about some flour sack towels decorated with vinyl sayings? They’re cute and SO easy to make! With these towels, we can now make a whole kitchen gift basket, completely personalized for a family! Wouldn’t that be a fun gift idea? So for Day 12 of The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away Challenge, I am showing you how to create flour sack towels with iron on sayings!
See exactly how to make personalize flour sack towels with heat transfer vinyl in my tutorial video (or keep scrolling if you prefer a printable step-by-step photo tutorial):

Get the free SVG cut file for this project

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For this project, we need fresh, cotton dish towels. You can use actual flour sack towels, or just regular towels. The smoother the fabric, the easier it’s going to be to transfer your vinyl and keep it on your towel wash after wash. So for that reason, I recommend you avoid the terry cloth style kitchen towels. If you want to make these towels yourself, use a light cotton canvas duck or even a cotton canvas drop cloth you’ve washed until soft.

Now we need iron-on vinyl, also known as heat transfer vinyl, for the decorations. I’m using black, red, yellow, green, and blue, but you can use any colors you want, of course! You do NOT need transfer tape when you use iron-on vinyl.

Cute personalized flour sack towels on a table in a ktichen

Tools necessary for this project include a way to cut your vinyl. I am using the Cricut Explore along with my fine-point blade and a green StandardGrip mat. You’ll also need a weeding tool for removing the excess vinyl before you apply it.

Decorative Hand Towels Jennifermaker finished

Now to get your vinyl onto your kitchen towel, you need a way to heat and press it on, such as a household iron or the Cricut EasyPress. I’m using the Cricut EasyPress 2 along with the Easy Press Mat. If you don’t have the mat, you can use a folded towel. I do not recommend an ironing board, however, as it can cause uneven heat distribution.

I’ve prepared four different designs for you to play with — “Happiness is Homemade,” “Squeeze the Day,” “Life is Short, Lick the Bowl,” and “The dishes are looking at me dirty again.” SO fun! My designs have multiple colors, but you can use the same color if you wish — your choice.

And that’s it! This is a great beginner project! 

So let me show you where to find the towel designs, and then I’ll show you how to cut and apply your vinyl decals to your towels. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make Flour Sack Towels with Iron-On Sayings

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How to Make Flour Sack Towels with Iron-On Sayings

finished flour sack towels on my decorative hand towel

Flour Sack Towels with Iron On Sayings

Yield: 1 Decorative Hand Towel
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

We all love to decorate our kitchens, and these Flour Sack Towels with Iron-on Sayings are SO cute! A few personalized hand towels will add a little flair to the kitchen as well as be a great conversation piece!



You can get my free Flour Sack Towels with Iron On Sayings SVG design #263 from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this page. Here is what my Flour Sack Towels design file will look like when you upload it to the Cricut Design Space:

upload design into design space for my flour sack towel iron on sayings

Tip: If you are not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to the Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you are on an iPad or iPhone, here is how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.


Once the Flour Sack Towel Iron on Sayings is uploaded into Design Space, you will need to ungroup the design.

you will need to ungroup the whole design in Design Space to begin using my flour sack towel iron on sayings

Then the hard part comes! Deciding which one to cut first!

Once you have made that decision, you will need to delete or hide the ones that you are not going to cut. To delete a design just click on the X in the upper left hand corner of the selected design. To hide a design once it is selected, simply click on the eye next to the layer in the layers panel.

I chose to use the colors in the design for my HTV, but if you want to change the colors you can do so by selecting the layers you want to change and set the new color using the linetype menu at the top of the screen.

how to change color of design in design space for my flour sack towels iron on sayings

If you are using the design as sized, just click the Make It button. If you need to resize the design to fit the material you are placing it on, do so and then click Make It.

If you need help resizing this SVG, please see my resizing guide.

Place your HTV shiny side face down on your Cricut StandardGrip Mat. It's very important you put your iron-on vinyl SHINY SIDE DOWN on your cutting mat. Learn how to tell which side to cut iron-on vinyl in my tutorial here!

On the Mat Preview screen, you must toggle the MIRROR button to ON (green) for every layer -- all iron-on designs must be mirrored before cutting!

Choose Everyday Iron-On as your material, load your mat into the machine and press the flashing button.

Once your vinyl is cut out, carefully weed out the parts you do not want in your design. I find it helps to hold the vinyl up to a light source at an angle to see the cut lines… and use a weeding tool.

Having trouble weeding?  Read my tips for weeding here! 


I like to find the center of my material when choosing to iron on the sayings. Fold your towel in half and press with the Cricut Easy Press (set at 325 degrees) for 15 seconds. Performing this step also removes any moisture out of the material to allow for better adherence.

fold towel in half to press on center for my flour sack towels with iron on sayings

press the center of the towel with iron or easy press for my flour sack towels with iron on sayings

Lay the center of the bottom layer of the design on the center of the towel. I measured up about 2 1/2 inches from the bottom of the towel for placement.

measure about 2 1/2 inches up from bottom of towel for placement of first layer for my flour sack towels with iron on sayings

center the bottom layer of the design on the center of your towel for my flour sack towels with iron on sayings

Iron on the first layer of HTV using the Cricut Easy Press. I set my Easy Press at 325 for 30 seconds. HTV is a COOL PEEL so be sure to let your design cool down before you attempt to remove the transfer sheet. I found that I had to heat again for a few seconds as when I tried to peel the design wasn't completely sticking to the towel.

Check the Cricut EasyPress Interactive Quick Reference Guide to see what temperature is best for your vinyl and material.

I laid down the yellow layer next. I lined it up with the bottom layer and proceeded to iron it down with the Easy Press using the same heat settings as above. Once this layer was completely cool, I was able to remove the transfer sheet.

position the next layer onto the bottom layer and use easy press to apply for my flour sack towels with iron on sayings

remove the transfer sheet once the design is completely cooled for my flour sack towels with iron on sayings

2nd layer in position for my flour sack towels with iron on sayingsq

When working on the last layer, it is important to cover (protect) the layer you just did. If your design you are going to lay down next does not have enough protective sheet to cover your whole design, use the protective transfer sheet you had just removed or a Cricut Teflon sheet. Continue laying down your layers following the same process until all layers are ironed on.

be sure to cover your whole design with protective sheet when ironing on your last layer for my flour sack towels with iron on sayings

Once I had my design completely ironed on, I flipped the towel over and heated from the backside of the towel for around 15 seconds.


How fun these decorative hand towels were to make for our kitchen!

Squeeze the day finished towel on my decorative hand towel

Dishes Looking at me dirty finished towel on my decorative hand towel

Happiness is Homemade design finished on my decorative hand towel


Finished size of my towel is 18 x28.

Special thanks to the JenniferMaker Design Fairy Team, specifically Design Fairy Vicki, for helping me design and assemble these fun Flour Sack Towels with Iron on Sayings.

Fonts used are all from Font Bundles

Life is Short

Squeeze the Day

Happiness is Homemade

Dishes are Looking at Me Dirty Again

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Answers to Your Questions About Flour Sack Towels with Iron-On Sayings

Q: How do you wash the towels?
We wash ours on a gentle cycle, cold water!

Q: How long do you let the transfer cool?
You just need to let them cool to the touch!

Q: Do you need to wash and iron the towels before making this project?
It is your choice if you want to wash and iron beforehand! Do not use a fabric softener, though, as it can affect the ability of the vinyl to bond to the fabric!

Q: How do I avoid getting stains from my iron on to the towels?
Use a teflon sheet or parchment paper if your iron base is not clean to avoid stains on your towels. You can also use an iron cleaner as well on either your household iron or your Easy Press if you want to start with a nice, clean surface!

Q: When using HTV, do you iron both sides of the towel?
It will help the vinyl adhere more strongly, so it’s a good idea!

Get my free SVG files to make Personalized Flour Sack Towels with Iron-On Sayings

I’d love to see your fun flour sack towels and all the things you personalize them with! Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

See all of the projects, tutorials, and free designs in The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away Challenge!


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  1. I tried leaving a comment on YouTube but wasn’t able to. I’ve never used vinyl because I’m not sure how well it holds up. Are these towels washable? Are they usable or just for decorative purposes?

    1. Hi Elinor! You can but it is heavily unreliable. Unless you have a heat sensor gun to test the temperature your iron is at, there is no real way of knowing what your heat temperature is. Also, iron’s are notorious for having cold spots. If you are going to get into iron-on projects, I would recommend the Cricut Easy Press.

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