I am a very active person. I can't sit still to watch a movie so I usually have some hand sewing near by so I feel like I am accomplishing something. I keep a sewing bag in my car as well. Doing this I am able to finish a lot of my projects very quickly. My mother taught me how to embroider as a child. It is my way of winding down from the day.
Step 1: Supplies
- Pre-washed white cotton fabric for the embroidery design; cut several inches larger than your design so it will extend the edges of the hoop. I used a 8inch circle.
- 1 Pre-washed printed fabric 2 inches wide and 24 inches long is what I used for the boarder on a towel or:
- 1 Pre-washed printed 8 inch square; folded in half for another towel.
- Matching thread
- Flour sack towels Please read bottom note
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery needle
- Sewing pins not shown*
- Seam ripper optional
- Embroidery thread
- Thimble optional
- Iron on embroidery pattern or iron on pencil for your own pattern
- Ruler for square pattern
- For the circle pattern I used a clear round plate
- Chalk or marker
I have not been able to find fabric suitable to make my own dish towels so I purchased flour sack towels at Sam's but you can find them at a hobby store or Walmart. They are called flour sack towels because; in the early days dry goods were sold in cotton sacks and women would make clothing and towels from them. They have a loose weave and can be difficult to embroider; so instead I embroidered a cotton cloth first and then attached it to the corner of the towel. I was able to sew the design using smaller stitches which made it look better.