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Stay-Put Kitchen Towel

 

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.


Dish towels are oh-so-handy in the kitchen, but not if they keep falling on the floor. This stay-put towel is guaranteed to be ready to use whenever you need it! The top section cinches to your towel bars and oven door handles to keep it in place; beautiful embroidery makes it just as fun as it is functional.
 


Project Needs & Notes

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16 1/2" x 26" kitchen towel
- 1/8 yard cotton fabric (for embroidered panel)
- 1/4 yard print cotton fabric (for drawstring pockets)
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Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
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1 1/2 yards of 1/4" wide ribbon
- Safety pin
 

The design used in this tutorial is F7188, Wine and Damask Border. Border designs are an excellent shape for this project; browse styles and themes in the Borders and Corners category here.

Finished Size: 16 1/2" x 28 1/2"
 

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Begin by cutting 4" from the bottom of the towel.

Place
the towel flat with the right side facing up. Use an air-erase pen to mark 4" up along each side edge starting at each bottom corner.

D
raw a line connecting the marks.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Trim off the bottom of the towel by cutting along the line. Set both towel pieces aside.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Prepare the fabric for the embroidered panel.

Measure the width of the towel and add 1" for seam allowance. This example is 16 1/2" wide; add 1" to get 17 1/2" wide. This is the width of the fabric for the panel.

This example uses a 2" high design. Add 2 1/2" to determine the height of the embroidered panel (if your design is taller or shorter, that measurement will be different).

Draw a rectangle on the cotton fabric to those dimensions: 17 1/2" x 4 1/2.

Measure and mark the center of each side. Draw lines connecting the marks; the lines will be used to hoop the fabric straight.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.


Align the paper template so the center is over the center of the rectangle. Make sure the design fits will within the shape, allowing at least 1" between the outer edges of the design, and the edges of the rectangle.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, and move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back of the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Cut out the rectangle shape.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Next, lay the embroidered panel right side up.

Align the bottom piece of the towel on top of the panel, right sides together, with the raw edge of the towel aligned with the bottom edge of the embroidered panel.

Allow 1/2" of the panel fabric to extend out past the side edges of the towel piece.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Press the seam with an iron. 

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Lay the panel piece flat with the right side facing up. Align the top section of the towel on top of the panel, right sides together, with the raw edge of the towel aligned with the top edge of the panel.

Allow 1/2" of the panel fabric to extend past the side edges of the towel piece.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only. 

Press the seam and then fold the sides of the panel over to the wrong side 1/2" and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

To prepare the back panel fabric, cut another piece of cotton to the same size you cut for the embroidered panel (in this example, the dimensions are 17 1/2" x 4 1/2").

F
old the top and bottom edges (the long edges) over to the wrong side 1/4" and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Flip the towel over to the wrong side and align the back panel piece on top of the backside of the embroidered panel, wrong sides together.

Fold the short ends of the back panel over to the wrong side aligning them with the outer edges of the embroidered panel. 

Pin in place and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the entire outer edges of the embroidered panel on the front side of the towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

To prepare the fabric for the drawstring pockets, cut two pieces of print cotton fabric to
17 1/2" x 2 1/2". 

Fold the top and bottom edges (the long edges) over 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Lay the towel flat with the right side facing up. Lay the pocket fabric pieces on top of the towel with the right sides facing up and with about 1/2" of excess fabric extending out past the outer edges of the towel. 

Place one of the pieces 3 1/2" down from the top edge of the towel.

P
lace the remaining pocket piece 9" down from the top of the towel. 

Fold the raw short ends in to the wrong side aligning them with the outer edges of the fabric.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the top and bottom edges of the pocket pieces.

Do not sew the short ends; leave the ends open for the ribbon drawstring.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Cut two lengths of 1/4" wide ribbon 10" longer than the width of the towel. This example is 16 1/2" wide; add 10" to get 26 1/2" wide.

Attach a safety pin to one end of the ribbon and work it through the pocket.

T
ie a knot at both ends of the ribbon. Repeat this for both pockets.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

Position the ribbon with 5" extending out past the edges of the towel on each side.

Pin the ribbon in place and sew a seam in the center of each pocket; this prevents the ribbon from sliding out.

Free project instructions to embroider a stay-put kitchen towel.

To attach the towel to a towel bar, fold the top edge of the towel around the bar and align the pockets together.

C
inch the towel at the pockets by pushing the edges of the towel in towards the center.

T
ie bows in the ribbons on each side of the towel.

Make this handy, no-slip towel for your own kitchen, or give as gifts for friends and family!


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Wine and Dine Damask Border $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 3.43" | 6.00" x 2.46" | 3.86" x 1.41"

Antique Flowers Border $1.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.40" x 3.15" | 5.94" x 2.34" | 3.85" x 1.29"

Delft Blue Country Kitchen Border $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.40" x 3.16" | 6.00" x 2.22"

Delft Blue Country Kitchen Border $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 1.65"