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Lacy and Lovely Kitchen Towel

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel.


Ordinary dish towels go from basic to beautiful with a medley of added embellishments! Embroidery, fabric, and lacy trim combine to create a colorful accent for your kitchen. Mix and match materials to make each towel unique!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Kitchen towel (ours is 17" wide by 27 1/2" high)
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Air erase pen
- 1/2 yard of quilter's cotton (for top trim and back)
- 1/4 yard quilter's cotton (for bottom trim)
- 1/2 yard of 1" wide lace trim

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- M14750, Fresh Citrus and Wildflowers

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

To get started, print a paper template of the design at full size using embroidery software. Wilcom TrueSizer is a program you can download to print the templates.

Cut around the template and place it along the bottom edge of the towel. Center the design side to side by measuring equal distances between the center point on the template and the side edges of the towel. Also, position the bottom of the design about 3" from the bottom edge of the towel. Use an air-erase pen to mark the center point.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Remove the template. Hoop the towel with one piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Attach the hoop to the machine and move the hoop so the needle is aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.

When the design has finished, unhoop the towel and trim away the excess stabilizer on the back side of the design.


Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Next, measure the width of the towel - mine is 17" wide. Add one inch to that measurement for seam allowance and for the bottom trim, cut a piece of fabric to the width measurement you calculated (mine is 18") by 3" high.

Lay the fabric flat right side facing up and cut a length of the lace trim to the width measurement as well. Align the lace trim on top of the fabric along the top edge of the fabric with the lace trim facing right side up. Pin in place and tack the lace in place by sewing along the top edge of the lace.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Next, for the top fabric trim cut a piece of fabric by the width measurement (mine is 18") by 4 1/2".

Fold the bottom edge of the fabric piece over to the wrong side and press with an iron.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Align the top fabric trim along the top edge of the bottom/lace trim with the top fabric overlapping the bottom 1/4". Pin in place and sew a 1/8" seam along the folded edge of the top fabric.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

To prepare the back fabric, place the assembled trim piece on top of the fabric, right sides together, pin in place, and cut around the shape of the trim piece.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges only - leave the top edge open for turning.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Turn the fabric right side out and press. Also, turn the top edges of the fabric in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Insert the bottom edge of the towel into the opening of the trim with the towel extending in about 1". Pin in place.

Free project instructions for creating a lacy and lovely kitchen towel

Sew a 1/4" seam along the top, sides, and bottom of the trim. And your towel is complete!

Lacy and Lovely Kitchen Towel



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