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Cranberry Salad Recipe Towel and Topper

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Materials
  • Flour sack towel
  • 2 - 6” x 6” poinsettia themed fabric squares
  • Embroidery thread as stated in designs (except not for inside of towel topper)
  • Tearaway stabilizer for stitching towel
  • Water soluble stabilizer for stitching towel topper
  • 2- 12” x 3/8” wide green grosgrain ribbon to coordinate with poinsettia fabric

  • Designs used in this project

    Preface:
    A recipe towel makes a great hostess gift when accompanied with the prepared dish. For this project, the topper outline and satin stitches only are used (but remember to use the design for a new towel for Thanksgiving next year). The topper is sewn twice then sewn together at the sewing machine inserting the recipe towel into the bottom and ribbons at the top. 


    Step 1:
    Read through the instructions before beginning. Gather the supplies needed and print out the templates for the designs. For this project a flour sack towel was used. Do not use a terry cloth towel for this project because the lettering will get lost in the loops. Use a smooth surface fabric for a clean sewout of the lettering. Find poinsettia fabric and cut two 6” squares, fussy cutting the flowers in the center for each square.

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    Step 2:
    Press the towel well and then fold the towel in half lengthwise to find the center for aligning the embroidery design. 

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    Step 3:
    Cut out the design “Fresh Cranberry Salad” from the template and center it as desired on the lower end of the towel. For the sample, the bottom of the lettering was placed four inches from the bottom edge of the towel. Center and hoop the design with tearaway stabilizer.

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    Step 4:
    Load the “Fresh Cranberry Salad” design on the machine and center the needle over the center of the template. Stitch the design following the color sequence.

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    Step 5:
    After the design has finished stitching, remove the fabric from the hoop and remove the excess stabilizer; press the fabric. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and measure 5” above the top most edge of the embroidery design and cut off the excess fabric.

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    Step 6:
    Place the embroidery face down on a flat surface. Fold in the outer edges, then fold them inward again toward and meeting in the center of the towel. 

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    Step 7:
    The top of the fabric will be gathered to fit under the topper after it is stitched. To stitch the topper, hoop one or two pieces water soluble stabilizer.

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    Step 8:
    Load the “Harvest Towel Topper” on the machine. Only steps 1, 2, 3, 16, and 17 will be used to stitch the towel topper. This will be the outline placement, then one square of fabric will be centered within the outline.

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    Step 9:
    Stitch color two which will tack down the fabric. After the tack down line stitches, remove the hoop from the machine (leave the stabilizer and fabric in the hoop) and trim the excess fabric from outside the tack down stitching line. Place the hoop back on the machine and stitch color 3 which will be a zig-zag stitch. Advance forward through the next steps to step 16.

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    Step 10:
    Stitch steps 16 and 17 which will be another outline and the outer satin stitch. Do not stitch step 18—this will be done at the regular sewing machine after the topper back is finished and to stitch the ribbon and towel to the topper. Remove the topper from the water soluble stabilizer. No need to wash out the water soluble stabilizer; that will dissolve the first time the towel is washed.

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    Step 11:
    Repeat steps 8-10 to stitch a topper back. Lay the topper back, face down, on a flat surface. Gather up the top of the towel and place it on top of the bottom of the topper back, overlapping about ½”.

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    Step 12:
    Place the top topper right side up on top of the towel/topper back and pin both toppers together (matching all edges) encasing the towel at the bottom and 2-12” pieces of grosgrain ribbon at the top.

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    Step 13:
    At the regular sewing machine, wind a bobbin with the embroidery thread used for the satin stitch on the topper. Stitch the topper together through the center of the satin stitching, removing pins as you sew.

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    Step 14:
    Hang the topper on the oven door or cabinet door handle to have the towel handy when needed or just for a festive decoration.

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    Meet The Author: Ramona Baird
    Ramona is a free-lance educator with many years of experience in the industry. She loves learning about new techniques and styles, and absolutely loves creating new and exciting projects for EmbroideryDesigns.com

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