Appliquéd Guest Towels
Made by Robin of Candy Apple Quilts
Materials required: As many towels as you would like to appliqué, a six inch square of calico for
each towel, your choice of stabilizer for the back, appliqué design from the Treasures of the Heart
Collection available at http:/www.PlatinumEmbroidery.com.
Note: When using an appliqué design for sewing onto something
thick, such as a towel, you will not need a topper (such
as Solvy) for the front because you will have fabric covering
the nap of the towel.
1. Open your appliqué design on your machine. The first
three steps you will see to the design are a placement
stitch, a tack-down stitch, and a satin border. We will be
changing the sewing order of these just a little bit.
2. Hoop only your six inch square of calico and stabilizer, not
the towel. Sew one of the outlines (step one or two of the
design). Skip step three, which is the satin border for the
edge. We will use this border in just a moment. Stitch the
rest of the design.
3. Remove the calico from the hoop. Trim around the outside
edge of the single outline, leaving about 1 inch all the
way around the design outline.
4. Hoop your towel. I prefer to use a tear-away/wash-away
stabilizer on the back so the excess can wash out with the
first laundering. Sew a row of placement stitches for the
design. Stop the machine and remove the hoop. See picture one.
5. Pin your design in place, making sure that the design is
as perfectly aligned as possible. Pin the calico in place,
being certain no pins are in the way of stitching. See picture two.
6. Sew a single row of stitches to hold your design in place.
Trim very close to the edges to remove the extra calico,
being careful not to cut the towel loops. See picture three.
7. Return the hoop to the machine, and stitch the satin border
to hide the edges of your calico. The back of your
towel will only have the satin border stitched on it, giving
a nice clean finish. If you have used a tear away/washaway
stabilizer, you can just tear the excess away, and
your towel is ready to give as a gift!
Visit our Projects page to download the instructions.