Parisian Finger Towels

A few years ago I kept seeing lovely printed finger towels at all the swanky boutiques. You know those finger towels - the ones you put in your powder room for guests? You threaten your family with death if they use them and your guests are afraid to mess them up. (do they dry their hands with toilet paper?) But boy, they make your powder room look like a high end joint.

Nothing is too good for my powder room. I'll make those rubes I invite over think I stole my finger towels from some posh hotel in Paris.

plain, smooth textured finger towels (I used cotton; linen should work too -I don't know about polyester)
Xylol* (available at hardware stores)

paper towels
old credit card 
Download the page of crowns here. Print them from your computer then copy on a copy machine. Important!
Cut the four crowns apart. Center one on the lower front of a towel, print side down. Wet a wadded sheet of paper towel with Xylol. Hold one edge of the image and wipe the back with the saturated paper towel.

The image will not transfer yet. Take your old credit card and firmly pull it across like a squeegee. Lift one corner to check on your progress then continue to rub over any areas that haven't transferred.
Before I discovered the credit card trick, I just added more Xylol. This resulted in a ring as shown above. No, no.

Allow to sit about 1/2 hour to let the Xylol evaporate, then heat set your image by ironing on the reverse side with a hot iron. Important! Ten seconds should do it. Use a pressing cloth or copy paper to avoid any scorching.

Throw into the washer and dryer for the poshest finger towels in the neighborhood.
*Xylol stinks. Use it outdoors. Acetone or Citrisolv (also smelly) can be substituted using the same method.


Joe, Christina, & Rocky said...

This was our favorite technique for transferring images in college :) A less smelly method: Prismacolor clear blender markers will do it too, though they're like $5 a piece and won't last as long as a tin of acetone

Erica said...

Why do you have to copy on a copy machine?

Deborah March said...

Don'tchajust LOVE image transferring!? Your hand towels are deLIGHTful!!

Deborah (happily visiting from you can stop by too...)

Tammy said...

These are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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Shannon said...

What a fabulous idea! I love novel printing ideas and I'd never seen this. How cool! I have to try it now! Thanks for the inspiration.

Gail said...

Yes, you have to use a toner copy as opposed to computer printer copy. Sorry.

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Audra @ The Kurtz Corner said...

How cute, I love these! I'd love for you to come link up with me at my link party going on now and every Tuesday! :)


Shannon said...

I love your Paris towels! I can't get enough of crowns. Wish I had some for myself!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

I love these towels!!! I can't believe how long it has been since I last stopped in! I've got some catching up to do!

I hope you'll pop over and see me & my kitchen that was featured in September's Romantic Homes magazine!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

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Love the kitchen, Mikey! Subscribe to my blog and you won't miss a thing. Since I only post once a week, you won't be overwhelmed.

imriz said...

pretty little things. i bet their very neat on the counter. thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Very pretty.

Kalaya Steede said...

Nice! I never thought to do this on material. Merci

Jennifer Juniper said...

I just picked up and put down pillows with a french design 3 times at the store today. I never bought them and now I can make them!

Mindie Hilton said...

As a joke I get called Paris because my las name is Hilton and I do look similar I guess to some of the Paris girls. Not sure if I like being called Paris but I love your towel. Hope you will share at Bacon Time.

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Lindsay said...

Really wonderful job! I have never tried this technique before, but I am so impressed by how it turned out for you! Thank you very much for sharing this @ Show & Share!

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Lori said...

I love these! I gave it a try, but had problems with blurry images or double lines. Any suggestions? love your blog!

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