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Friday, January 06, 2012
Embroidered dish towels
Here's another of the handmade gifts I made this Christmas. These tea towels were sent to faraway friends who live and work in an RV park on the west coast. They liked these a lot and have them displayed in their kitchen. My friend told me she's not using them to dry dishes just yet!
These are just ordinary flour sack towels from Walmart (cut in half and raw edge hemmed). For the vintage camper design, I used the Camp Out transfers available from Sublime Stitching. Although the edgier designs on this site don't appeal to me, some of the transfer sets like Camp Out, Forest Friends, etc. are cute. I have used this camper design a bunch of times and the transfer is still working perfectly.
For the fabric trim, I followed this tutorial at Sew4Home: Fancy Border Tea Towels. For this project, I chose to use only one fabric for the border. When I used the same pattern earlier, for trimming bistro towels for my giveaway last fall, I used the two fabrics. Here is how that looks:
Embroidery is so much fun ... and I love dish towels! Guess I have simple tastes.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.