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Towel Toppers, In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.


Give your kitchen towels a mini-makeover with in-the-hoop towel toppers! An elastic band holds the towel in place while a sturdy snap-on strap makes it so-easy to hang on towels and oven doors. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own towel topper!
 

Project Needs & Notes:

-
8" x 8" lightweight canvas
  (size varies depending on the size of
   the towel topper design)
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)
- Cutaway stabilizer
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Tear-away stabilizer
- Masking tape
- 1/2" wide knit elastic
- 1" wide strapping, straps, and snap tool

Free video with instructions on how to embroider a in-the-hoop Towel Topper
 

The designs featured in this tutorial and video are:

- X6319, Fanciful Fern Towel Topper (In-the-Hoop)
- X6216, Tasty Treats Towel Topper - Mocha (In-the-Hoop)
- X6378, Ships Ahoy Towel Topper Flip-Flops (In-the-Hoop)
 


- D5364, Fanciful Ferns Border

- C7447, Better Latte Than Never
- J9449, Flip Flops and Hibiscus Border
This project was featured in the following:
Let's Dish Lookbook

 

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
In-the-hoop designs are specially digitized to be stitched and completed right in an embroidery hoop.

I
n-the-hoop towel toppers come with three files. One is a full embroidery file. The other two
are dieline files.

The two dieline files are marked with the letters "DL." They're used to cut the front and back fabric pieces.

Print the dielines with embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, and smooth the towel topper fabric on top.

Place the template for the front dieline on top, and cut out the shape.

Repeat for the back piece, too.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Now that the fabric pieces are cut and ready, it is time to embroider the towel topper!

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer, and put a small, sharp needle in your machine. A size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle is an excellent choice.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery design (not a dieline file).

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
The color change sheet for the design will be your guide. The first thing to stitch will be an outline that traces the shape for the front fabric piece.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Spray the stabilizer side of the front fabric piece with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Place that right in the stitched outline.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Next is a tack down stitch. This binds the fabric piece to the stabilizer for the remainder of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Then, the inside detail will stitch. In this example, the ferns are sewing.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
On the color change sheet, look for the note that says "back piece tack down." When you get to this step, stop the machine,  remove the hoop, and turn it over.

Cut a piece of cotton or nylon strapping 8" long.

Tape one end to the stabilizer side of the back fabric piece.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Next, cut a piece of elastic that is as wide as the widest point of the towel topper.

Tape that to the fabric side of the back piece.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Spray the stabilizer side of the back fabric piece with a bit of temporary adhesive.

Place that in the stitched shape on the back of the embroidery.

Tape the cotton or nylon strap to the stabilizer near the edge of the hoop so it doesn't dangle down and get caught while stitching the remaining steps.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
The rest of the design will be seen from both sides. Wind a bobbin with the same thread that you're using in the needle.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Embroider the remaining steps. The back piece tack down binds the fabric to the stabilizer. Then, a finishing satin stitch border.

The satin stitch border is what attaches the elastic to the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
After embroidering, gently tear the stabilizer away.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Add a snap to the strap. Place the button part 1/2" from the end.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Embroider a coordinating design on the towel, too.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Slip the towel through the elastic loop.

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Snap it around a towel bar or oven door to display in your home!

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
The towel toppers come in a variety of styles and shapes, including greenery, tasty treats, flip-flops, and more.

There's something for any kitchen decorating scheme!

Free project instructions to embroider an in-the-hoop towel topper.
Whip up one of these in-the-hoop towel toppers to add a sweet touch to your home decor. Or, give as a hostess gift or housewarming present for friends and family.

Towel Toppers, In-the-Hoop



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Products used in this Project:

Fanciful Ferns Border $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.42" x 3.17" | 6.00" x 2.22" | 3.84" x 1.29"

Better Latte Than Never $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.86" x 3.83" | 3.86" x 2.15"