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Gingerbread Towel Topper

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper

Warm hearts this holiday season with a sweet gingerbread towel topper!

Embroider your favorite holiday designs onto any towel you like, then create a delightful gingerbread topper and embellish with yarn for hair, ribbons, and buttons.

Read on for project instructions to create an adorable gingerbread towel topper!


.Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper


Supplies Needed:


**One dish towel (or terry cloth towel. Mine is 18 1/2" wide by 28" high)

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

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

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

Supplies Continued: 

**Air-erase pen

**
Scotch tape


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

**Thick yarn (for hair)

**Buttons



Designs used:

I used the Gingerbread Doll Face design onto the
top section. I also used the Joy (Heirloom Applique) design and the Gingerbread (Applique) design. For more information on embroidering applique designs, see Heirloom Applique and Applique Embroidery instructions.

Other designs that would be sweet on the towel are Christmas is Sweet designs and Santa's Circus Train designs.


Finished size:

11 3/4" wide by 23 `/2" high. You can use any size towel you like!


Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread 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.


Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper

Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the marks. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread 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 on 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 Gingerbread 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 Gingerbread 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 Gingerbread 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 Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

Pin the pattern piece to the fabric (I am using cotton fabric) and trace the shape. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper
 


I am embroidering the Gingerbread Doll Face design onto the top section. Create a paper template of the design and place it on the fabric. Center the template side to side by measuring equal distances in between the center point on the template and the side edges of the shape. Also, position the top edge of the design about 1 1/2" from the top edge of the shape.  Mark the center point and axis points onto the fabric, remove the template, and draw lines connecting the marks.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

Hoop the fabric with cutaway stabilizer as you did earlier.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

Embroider the design. Then, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

Cut two pieces of ribbon to 22" long. Fold the ribbon in half by bringing the ends together. Place the folded ends about 1 1/2" out from the center of the top section (the head) 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 Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

Prepare the back fabric piece by pinning the pattern piece of the fabric, tracing the shape, and cutting out the shape. 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 Gingerbread 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 Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

Next, insert about 1/2" of 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 Gingerbread 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 Gingerbread 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 Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

To add the hair, cut equal lengths of thick yarn as long as you like and form them into a bundle. Then, using the yarn, tie a knot around the center of the bundle. With needle and thread, hand-sew the hair to the top of the head through the knot in the center of the bundle. Wrap the ribbon around the hair on each side and tie knots in the ribbon to hold the hair in place.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered Gingerbread Towel Topper
 

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




 

A gingerbread girl towel topper is a sweet addition to any kitchen! Hang from a towel rack or oven handle for a very fun decoration.

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

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Products used in this Project:

Joy (Heirloom Applique) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 2.77"

Gingerbread (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

2.54" x 3.00"