I purchased some towels on a visit to Amish Country earlier this year. They are a linen type of fabric which I like to use when drying dishes. The only problem is that they were huge. I figured that I would just cut them in half and then hem the raw edges. Well, time got away from me and the towels eventually worked their way into my fabric stash.
I came across them again the other day and decided to finally just cut them down and, while I was at it, I decided to embroider them also. I found a great Fall pumpkin applique embroidery design on Etsy at Embroidery Designs by AVI.
I started with my original huge towel.
I cut down my towel to 29 1/2″ x 17 1/2″. Two of the sides were already finished but I put in a narrow hem on the other two sides. I folded each raw edge down 1/4″ and then folded that over again and stitched along the edge. This should have been simple but I ran out of white thread! Fortunately, I had some orange thread so I used that. I used it to hem the two raw edges and then I also used it to top-stitch the two edges that were already finished so that the orange stitching went all around the towel. I pressed the towel and I now had a perfect sized towel.
I centered the towel in the embroidery hoop and hooked it all up to the embroidery machine and I was on my way. The pumpkin design turned out beautiful!
Once I removed all of the tear-away stabilizer from the back of the applique I pressed the towel so that it would hand nicely on the front of my stove. I absolutely love how it turned out! I will definately be embroidering more towels to use as Christmas gifts this year!
What Fall projects are you working on?