Machine Embroidery Design Placement on Towels

I’ve received some requests for my towel swap and am excited. I’d really like to hear from you all and ask that you post a comment, but again contact me at my private email address I will provide you my home address so that you can send your towel and self addressed stamp envelope. Remember the first person’s package that I receive will get to chose from one of my sets in my previous post.

Depending on the design that you are doing determines the type of stabilizer you will use. If you are doing either red work or toile, you will want to use a water soluble type of stabilizer. If you are doing a filled design, you will be needing a tear away stabilizer. If your towel has a nap, you will want to make sure that you put a water soluble on top of the towel so that the stitching does not fall into the nap. 

To figure where to put your design on the towel. Measure the width of the towel or fold towel in half to get your center point. You will be putting your design on the side opposite from the manufactures label, so make sure you have the right end in front of you. Fold your towel in half, place a pin on the fold, then double check your measurement using a tape measure. The norm for placement for designs is as follows. If your towel has a border, you leave 1/2 inch between the bottom of the embroidery and the top edge of the border. If your towel doesn’t have any type of border you measure 1 1/2 inches from the bottom hem.

Check the height of your design. For this example I am using the freebie design from EmbLibrary as my example Spring Daffodil Bouquet. The height of the smaller design is 3 1/2. You take and divide that in half and get 1 3/4. Go to your 1/2 mark or 1 1/2 and go up 1 3/4. This is your center point on the towel, mark this point. Half of your design will be above this mark and of course the bottom half will be below the mark. When you hoop you will try to get it as close to this mark before embroidering.

Now you are ready to hoop. You can hoop your stabilizer and towel together, baste a larger piece of stabilizer to your towel or spray adhesive to your stabilizer and put it to your towel. When you either baste or spray adhesive to your towel, make sure that your piece of stabilizer is at least an inch larger than the actual design. You will have to find the center point of the stabilizer and mark it. To do this, fold side to side and top to bottom. Get the center point and match it up to the towel. When using the basting technique, baste close to the edge of the stabilizer. As I indicated in previous post, I use a iron on tear away so I use a piece of stabilizer and iron it where it belongs.

Above I mentioned that if you are doing a towel with a nap, you need to put a water soluble on top. You take a piece of your water soluble, an inch larger all the way around. Spray adhesive to the towel and place the water soluble on top. Or you can tape the corners or wet the water soluble lightly and place it down on your towel.

You are now ready to stitch. When you are finished you remove the tear away stabilizer or wash the towel to remove any water soluble. I should of mentioned this is the beginning, make sure you wash your towel prior to embroidery. You want to make sure that if the fabric shrinks it is done prior to stitching. Hate to have a puckered up towel. 

If you have any comments or additional information that I neglected to mention, feel free to comment. It is really hard for me to explain on paper how to do stuff! If I did a good job… I’m happy. Please see additional information on placements on bath towels and washcloths.

Bath towel with border 1/2 inch, without border 2 inches from hem

Washcloth with border 1/2 inch, without border 1 1.2 inches from hem

Embellish your towel. Measure the border of your towel. Cut a piece of fabric, that matches a color in your design, one inch all the way around. Fold and iron 1/2 inch all the way around and then top stitch directly to the towel. Now you have a new border and it looks a lot nicer than the purchased one.


3 responses to “Machine Embroidery Design Placement on Towels

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