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Monday, March 15, 2010


For a friend's birthday, I decorated kitchen towels with an applique 'D'.

Here is the final product:

Something to keep in mind:
-Be sure to wash the towel and decorative fabric first.
-This project was done with an embroidery machine and each sewing step is pre-programmed. You may be able to do this with just a regular sewing machine, although it may be harder and more complicated than my steps.... Thank you mom for my embroidery machine!!!! : )

The first step is to put a stabilizer on the back on the material.

I used pins on each corner to hold down the stabilizer. If you try to hoop the stabilizer and the material without the pins, it turns out to be quite hard.

Here's the back view:

Front View:

The embroidery machine traces out the letter. (sorry - I didn't get a picture, but I think you can imagine what the letter D looks like) : )

I then took a different fabric - something really colorful and full of pattern - I held the fabric down while the embroidery machine sews the 'D' onto the fabric.

The next step is to cut the excess fabric.

Put the hoop back onto the machine and continue sewing around the 'D'.

Now the sewing is done! Take the fabric out of the hoop and remove the stabilizer from the back. The stabilizer will pull away easily from the sewed edges.

Vola! You're done!

These turned out so good! Can't wait for another project using my embroidery machine!


  1. Looks great! A wonderful personalized gift!

  2. Don't you just love all the things that machine will do? Have fun! Cute blog!

  3. I wish I had an embroidery machine. There are so many great things to do with it

    I would love for you to link up to check me out saturdays.