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Mrs. Claus Towel Topper

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper

Mrs. Claus gets decked out for the holidays, and now you can have one of her fancy dresses as a towel topper!

Embroider your favorite holiday designs onto any towel you like, then create a delightful dress effect by adding festive fabrics and embellishments to the top of the towel.

Read on for project instructions to create a fun and festive Mrs. Claus towel topper!


.Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper


Supplies Needed:


**One dish towel (or terry cloth towel. Mine is 16 1/2" wide by 24" high)

**18" by 18" piece of fabric (for top -- I used twill)

**2 yards -- 3/4" to 1" wide ribbon (for ties and trim)

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

Supplies Continued: 

**Air-erase pen

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Scotch tape


**Fabric glue or needle and thread for some hand sewing

**3/4" wide faux fur trim and buttons (for decorating top)



Designs used:

I used the 5" x 7" size of the Tweet Christmas Ornaments 4 design and the small size of Suzani Medallion - Poinsettia. Choose your holiday favorites to decorate Mrs. Claus' "dress"! Classic Christmas Ornaments and Petals of Christmas Potpourri designs would be very festive for this project.

Finished size:

13" wide by 20" high. You can use any size towel you like!


Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper


We'll begin by preparing the bottom section. To do this, first fold the towel in half lengthwise (short ends aligned). Press the fold with an iron, and cut the towel in half. Lay one half of the towel flat with the right side facing up and with the raw edge at the top.

Create paper templates of the designs by printing them at full size using embroidery software. If you would like more information about using templates for design placement, see these handy instructions. Arrange the templates on the towel how you want them. I positioned both designs in the lower corners of the towel with the outer edges of the designs about 1 1/2" from the edges of the towel.  

 

Keeping the designs in the lower corners will help them to be visible after the towel is pleated later on. Next, using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke holes in the center of the templates and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points. Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the marks. 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper


Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. If you are embroidering on terry cloth, I suggest adding a layer of lightweight water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric. The stabilizer helps to prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric. Click here for tips and tricks about embroidering onto terry cloth.
 

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 fabric. Embroider the design. Repeat the hooping and embroidering process for the remaining design(s).



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper

 

When the designs have finished trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

Now it's time to prepare the top section. Click here to open a PDF of the pattern pieces. The patterns will be in two parts which will print on two 8 1/2" by 11" pieces of paper.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

Cut out the patterns and tape them together according to the instructions printed on the patterns.


  
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

Next, pin the pattern piece to the fabric (I am using twill), trace the shape, and cut out the shape. Repeat this process for a total of two pieces, one for the front and one for the back.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 


Cut two pieces of ribbon to 22" long. Fold the ribbon in half by bringing the ends together. Place the folded ends centered along each "shoulder" along the top edge with the ribbon extending out about 1/4" past the outer edge of the fabric. Pin in place. Gather the ribbon and pin it in the center of the fabric so that it will not be sewn over later on.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

Align the back piece with the front/ribbon piece, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the side and top edges only. Leave the bottom edge open for turning. Then, clip the seam allowance under each arm and about every 1/4" along the curved edges. Turn the fabric right side out and press the seams.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

On the bottom section, create pleats along the top edge of the towel. The top edge should be 8" wide after the pleats have been added). I folded two pleats in the center of the towel (on each side) and folded the side edges in to the wrong side. Pin the pleats in place and tack them in place by sewing a 1/4" seam along the top edge.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

Next, insert about 1/2" the top of the bottom section in between the layers of the bottom of the top section. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edge of the top section and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the side and top edges of the top section only. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

To add the ribbon trim at the "waist," wrap the ribbon around one side and pin it in place across the front. Then, with the excess ribbon still attached, sew the ribbon in place by sewing a 1/8" seam along the entire outer edges. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

Wrap the ribbon around to the back, cut it to fit leaving about 1/2" excess at the end. Fold the end over and glue the ribbon in place with fabric glue, or tack the ribbon in place by hand sewing it with needle and thread. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

You can "dress up" Mrs. Claus' dress by adding embellishments like fur trim. Cut the trim to fit around the collar and ends of the sleeves, pin in place, and sew a seam down the center of the trim to tack it in place.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Mrs. Claus Towel Topper
 

You can also add decorations like buttons, heat-set crystals, decorative trim, or whatever you like!




 

A Mrs. Claus towel topper adds color and charm to holiday kitchen decor. Make one for yourself, and for a friend!

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

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Products used in this Project:

Tweet Christmas 4 $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.86" x 9.11" | 4.41" x 6.85" | 2.48" x 3.85" | 2.10" x 3.25"