Topsy Towel

Topsy Towel

 

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.


Transform an ordinary dish towel into a handy hanging kitchen essential. Add your favorite embroidery designs and coordinating fabric to make this one-of-a kind towel. Hang it in your own kitchen, or give as a hostess or housewarming gift for loved ones.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- Dish towel
- 8" x 8" print quilter's cotton
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer (or tear-away if using a very light design)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 3/4" button
- Craft knife and cutting pad

The design used in this demonstration is the Cornucopia of Plenty (Vintage) design. Browse through the many Embroidery Library designs to find something that matches your preference and decor.

Finished size: approximately 19" x 19"

This project was featured in the following:
Gather 'Round the Table Lookbook

 

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Begin by squaring off the towel, and allowing for a 1/2 seam allowance at the bottom.

Lay the towel flat and measure the short end. Cut the length to that dimension, plus a 1/2" seam allowance.

In this example the towel is 19" x 28". I cut 8 1/2" from the bottom of the towel so it measures 19" wide and 19 1/2" high.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Place the towel wrong side up.

Fold the raw edge over 1/4" and press. Fold over another 1/4" and press.

Sew a 1/8" seam along the inner edge of the seam.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Lay the towel right side up.

Using an air-erase pen, draw a diagonal line across the towel between two of the corners.

This line will be used to place the embroidery design.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

A template is a printout of the design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software to print templates, try Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Place the design template so
the bottom corner of the design will be 3" from the bottom corner of the towel. Mark the center point as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

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

Note that not all of the towel will be hooped, but hoop as much as possible.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. 

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the towel. 

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

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

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Next, prepare the fabric for the top of the towel. Cut a piece of print cotton 8" x 8".

Place the fabric wrong side up.

Fold the edges over 1/2" and press. Start with one edge, then press the opposite edge.

Then fold and press the remaining two edges.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Lay the towel wrong side up. 

Align the print cotton piece with the upper corner and pin in place.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the cotton fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Next, add the buttonhole. 

Make a mark 1 1/2" in from the top corner of the print cotton.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Sew a button hole on the mark.


Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Next, make the angled hole that forms the loop of the towel.

Measure and mark 1" down from the bottom of the buttonhole.

Draw lines 3" out from the mark.

Make the lines parallel to the outer edges of the towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Sew a zigzag stitch (set at 0.50mm) on both sides of the lines.

Leave 1/16" space between the zigzag stitched lines.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Use a craft knife and cutting pad to cut in between the stitches of the buttonhole and the angled lines. 

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Lay the towel with the embroidered side up. 

Sew the button 6" from the top edge of the design along the center line.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

To hang the towel, lay it flat with the print fabric side up and fold in the side corners as shown.

Wrap the corner around a towel bar or stove handle and then insert the bottom embroidered corner through the hole. Button the flap in place.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Thanks to its unique style, this towel will never fall off its rack!

Use different fabric and embroidery designs to create holiday towels, or to match your kitchen decor.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Donna sent in a photo of her spicy variation of the Topsy Towel to the Stitchers Showcase. The colors coordinate with the drapery in her kitchen at home.

Donna used the Herb and Spice Medley design on her towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Carina stitched this black-and-white towel for a friend's 30th birthday and paired it with a matching wine bag, and napkin.

She used the Wild Butterfly (Zebra) design on her towel. Read more about this project in the Stitchers Showcase here.


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

Topsy Towel

Topsy Towel

 

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.


Transform an ordinary dish towel into a handy hanging kitchen essential. Add your favorite embroidery designs and coordinating fabric to make this one-of-a kind towel. Hang it in your own kitchen, or give as a hostess or housewarming gift for loved ones.
 


Project Needs & Notes

- Dish towel
- 8" x 8" print quilter's cotton
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer (or tear-away if using a very light design)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- 3/4" button
- Craft knife and cutting pad

The design used in this demonstration is the Cornucopia of Plenty (Vintage) design. Browse through the many Embroidery Library designs to find something that matches your preference and decor.

Finished size: approximately 19" x 19"

This project was featured in the following:
Gather 'Round the Table Lookbook

 

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Begin by squaring off the towel, and allowing for a 1/2 seam allowance at the bottom.

Lay the towel flat and measure the short end. Cut the length to that dimension, plus a 1/2" seam allowance.

In this example the towel is 19" x 28". I cut 8 1/2" from the bottom of the towel so it measures 19" wide and 19 1/2" high.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Place the towel wrong side up.

Fold the raw edge over 1/4" and press. Fold over another 1/4" and press.

Sew a 1/8" seam along the inner edge of the seam.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Lay the towel right side up.

Using an air-erase pen, draw a diagonal line across the towel between two of the corners.

This line will be used to place the embroidery design.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

A template is a printout of the design, and it's an excellent tool for planning where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software to print templates, try Wilcom's TrueSizer, a free program.

Place the design template so
the bottom corner of the design will be 3" from the bottom corner of the towel. Mark the center point as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

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

Note that not all of the towel will be hooped, but hoop as much as possible.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. 

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the towel. 

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

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

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Next, prepare the fabric for the top of the towel. Cut a piece of print cotton 8" x 8".

Place the fabric wrong side up.

Fold the edges over 1/2" and press. Start with one edge, then press the opposite edge.

Then fold and press the remaining two edges.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Lay the towel wrong side up. 

Align the print cotton piece with the upper corner and pin in place.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the cotton fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Next, add the buttonhole. 

Make a mark 1 1/2" in from the top corner of the print cotton.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Sew a button hole on the mark.


Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Next, make the angled hole that forms the loop of the towel.

Measure and mark 1" down from the bottom of the buttonhole.

Draw lines 3" out from the mark.

Make the lines parallel to the outer edges of the towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Sew a zigzag stitch (set at 0.50mm) on both sides of the lines.

Leave 1/16" space between the zigzag stitched lines.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Use a craft knife and cutting pad to cut in between the stitches of the buttonhole and the angled lines. 

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Lay the towel with the embroidered side up. 

Sew the button 6" from the top edge of the design along the center line.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

To hang the towel, lay it flat with the print fabric side up and fold in the side corners as shown.

Wrap the corner around a towel bar or stove handle and then insert the bottom embroidered corner through the hole. Button the flap in place.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Thanks to its unique style, this towel will never fall off its rack!

Use different fabric and embroidery designs to create holiday towels, or to match your kitchen decor.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Donna sent in a photo of her spicy variation of the Topsy Towel to the Stitchers Showcase. The colors coordinate with the drapery in her kitchen at home.

Donna used the Herb and Spice Medley design on her towel.

Free project instructions to embroider a topsy towel.

Carina stitched this black-and-white towel for a friend's 30th birthday and paired it with a matching wine bag, and napkin.

She used the Wild Butterfly (Zebra) design on her towel. Read more about this project in the Stitchers Showcase here.


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

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