Embellished Towels

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Add a colorful fabric band accent to a towel for a one-of-a-kind gift or to coordinate with your household color scheme. Great for using your favorite leftover fabric or to make for various holidays!

Materials

  • Plain white towel
  • Fabric scraps
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, tape measure, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Measuring & Cutting Fabric

1. Measure width of towel from edge to edge; add 1” to measurement.

2. Determine height of towel for band (2”-3” is usually good height); add 1” to measurement.

3. Cut fabric scrap using width and height measurements taken in Steps 1 and 2.

ADDING EMBELLISHMENT

1. Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of fabric to wrong side. Press.

2. Position fabric band on towel, pinning in place to secure.

3. Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for fabric to be sewn.

4. Set machine for straight stitch.

5. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of fabric band. (Note: If trying to choose between two colors, opt for darker color which will usually blend in better than lighter color.)

6. Carefully stitch close to folded edge on all four sides of fabric band. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. The presser foot will help guide fabric evenly while stitching.

7. Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures machine stitching so threads do not become loose. It is done by reversing few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at beginning or end of line of machine sewing. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to end of fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)

8. Remove towel from machine. Trim thread tails.

Tip

  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.

Vivo™ by Singer® Create & Repair Tutorial Video

  • To view a video on using the Vivo™ by Singer® Create & Repair Machine and for helpful information on other sewing basics, click here.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Cross-stitched Golf Towel

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“Fore” the golfer in your life! Ironically cute, this clever towel is quick-to-stitch and certain to make any golfer smile.

Materials

  • Charles Craft White Aberdeen Hand Towel
  • DMC Six-strand embroidery floss in colors listed on key

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stich Count

Size: 2-5/8”x15-1/2”; stitch count: 220 w x 37 h

Golf Towel

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. To find center of towel inset, fold in half and in half again opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

3. Use two strands floss to cross-stitch design centered on inset of towel in colors listed on keycode. Use one strand Black floss to backstitch design.

by Lois Winston for Charles Craft

Appliquéd Butterfly & Bug Towels

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Make bath time a splash! Stitch these adorable bug and butterfly towels to make bath time a fun treat for kids instead of a chore.

Materials

  • White bath towels, two
  • Cotton fabrics: bright purple, 1/8 yd.; bright pink, 1/4 yd.; bright blue, 1/8 yd.; bright green, 1/4 yd.
  • Embroidery floss: bright purple, bright blue, black pearl cotton
  • Yellow flat buttons, 3/4”, four
  • Black baby rickrack

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Needle
  • Adhesives: Iron-on adhesive, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

General

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.). Cut materials as indicated.

2. Use computer and desired font to print names; transfer to towels, adding swirls at beginning and end. Stem stitch names on towels using four strands bright blue floss for bug and bright purple floss for butterfly.

Butterfly Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than top and bottom wings. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut top wings from fused purple and bottom wings from fused pink fabric (along dashed lines). Adhere wings to towel above name on right side (top wing should overlap bottom wing). Use one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch around outside edges of wings.

2. For antennae, fold 7” rickrack length in half; adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

3. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top wings.

4. For binding, cut 3”-wide strips to towel width plus 1” from pink fabric. Place strip across bottom front of towel with right sides together (edge should be even at bottom and extend 1/2” at sides). Sew strip 3/4” from bottom edge of towel. Turn raw edges of strip over to back of towel. Turn long edge under 3/4” (turned edge should be even with stitching on front side). Hand sew turned edges of strip to towel.

Bug Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than head and body. Follow manufacturer’s instruction to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut head from fused blue and body from fused green (along dashed lines).

2. For legs, cut six 4-1/2” black rickrack lengths. Fold pieces in half so both sides are same length. Adhere raw ends under body at placement of leg lines on pattern.

3. For antennae, fold a 5” baby rickrack length in half and adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

4. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top of bug.

5. Make binding in same way as Butterfly Towel, using green fabric.

by Mary Ayres

Garden Flowers Towel

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Invite your garden indoors with this dancing flower tea towel made from linen and homespun fabric.

Materials

  • Natural linen fabric, 20”x25”
  • Homespun fabric: green, 5-1⁄2”x19-1⁄2”; scraps (flowers), five prints/colors
  • Embroidery floss: green, colors to match flower fabric
  • Flat buttons to coordinate with flower fabric, five

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, transfer paper

Directions

STEP 1

Turn long sides and one short side of linen rectangle under 1⁄4”. Turn edges under 1⁄4” again. To hem, machine stitch close to edges.

STEP 2

With right sides facing, sew one long edge of green rectangle to raw edge of linen rectangle, 1⁄4” from edge. Turn remaining edges of green rectangle under 1⁄4”. Fold green rectangle so long turned edge is even with seam at bottom of linen rectangle. (Note: Right side of fabric should be facing outward.) Hand sew turned edges to bottom edge of towel.

STEP 3

Fuse 2” iron-on adhesive square to back of each flower fabric. Cut two 1-1⁄2”, and one 1-1⁄4”, 1-3⁄8”, and 1-3⁄4” circles from fused fabrics. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Remove backing from circles. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse circles to towel front.

STEP 4

Use two strands of coordinating-color floss to blanket stitch around flowers. Transfer stems and leaves. Use two strands green to embroider stem stitch on stems and leaves and to sew buttons to flower centers.

by Mary Ayres

Bluework Floral Towel

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Wipe away your dishwashing blues with this pretty dishtowel accent in classic blue and white.

Materials

  • Blue Chambray stripe tea towel
  • White fabric doily with crocheted or lace edge, 8” square
  • Blue satin ribbon, 1/4” wide, 5/8 yd. (optional)
  • Blue embroidery floss, one skein

Tools

  • Needle and white thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, safety pin

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.)

STEP 2

Transfer pattern to doily. Use one strand of floss to stem stitch design.

STEP 3

If applicable, use safety pin to weave ribbon through openings in edge, beginning and ending at back. Trim ribbon ends to 1⁄4” and whipstitch ends together.

STEP 4

Pin doily diagonally to center front of dish towel. Sew doily to towel with invisible stitch.

Tip

  • Nearly any size or shape doily will work for this project. Just adjust the pattern size to fit the center.

by Mary Ayres

Snowman Tea Towel

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Appliqué this cheery snowman tea towel to liven up your winter décor. His smiling face is sure to melt the hearts of your guests over a nice warm cup of tea.

Materials

  • Blue/white checked tea towel
  • Fabric scraps: white, blue, orange prints
  • Two-hole buttons, two each: black, 1/4”; red, 9/16”
  • Four-hole buttons: white, 11/16”, four
  • Embroidery floss: black, red, white
  • Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4”, 1 yard

Tools

  • Iron-on adhesive scrap
  • Matching threads
  • No-fray solution
  • Freezer paper
  • Air-soluble marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, needle, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. Draw snowman and scarf on dull side of freezer paper; cut out. Iron shapes to wrong sides of fabrics.

STEP 2

To prepare appliqués, clip inside points or curves, almost to paper. Use side edge and tip of iron to press seam allowance over freezer paper. For points, press fabric over point first, then press each side to make clean, sharp point. Trim excess fabric at front. When cool, pull back appliqué seam allowance; remove paper. Re-press appliqué.

STEP 3

Pin snowman to towel 2-1/2” from bottom edge. Needleturn stitch around snowman; sew to scarf.

STEP 4

Trace nose onto paper side of iron-on adhesive; cut out 1/4” from traced line. Iron to wrong side of orange fabric; cut out on lines. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse nose to face.

STEP 5

Use matching floss to sew black buttons to face (eyes) and red buttons down center of body.

STEP 6

Draw smile on face with air-soluble marker. Use two strands of black floss to sew running stitch along line. Make two straight stitches for eyebrows.

STEP 7

Cut 1”x6” blue scarf. Apply no-fray solution to long ends; let dry. Fringe 1/2” at each short end; tie strip in loose knot. Adhere knot to snowman’s scarf as shown.

STEP 8

Use four strands of white floss to sew buttons (snowflakes) around snowman, making two or three stitches from each hole for rays.

STEP 9

Cut ribbon length to same width as towel. Tie bow from remaining ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Apply no-fray solution to all cut ends; let dry. Adhere ribbon to towel, covering bottom edge. Adhere bow to ribbon.

Tip

  • Using freezer paper will create a template that sticks to the fabric, so it says in place as you turn up the seam allowance. Then, simply peel it off when you’re done! Your appliqué edges will be smooth and accurate. For extra stability, just add a little spray starch on the turned under seam allowance.

by Chris Malone