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Gym towel with pocket

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Materials
  • 19” x 36” piece of toweling (I have chosen microfiber)
  • 1 piece of tearaway stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • 7” square piece of washaway stabilizer
  • 8 thread colors of your choice (I have chosen 7 as I will repeat 1 color)
  • Pins
  • 45cm zip (color of your choice, I choose a contrast color so it stands out)

  • Designs used in this project

    Preface:
    You could make the towel any size you like, just choose the correct size zip and adjust pocket accordingly


    Step 1:
    Gather the materials and read through the instructions before beginning. Choose contrasting colors to ensure your design stands out on the towel, I have chosen 7 colors as I will repeat 1 color

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    Step 2:
    Decide on the position of your embroidery, I enlarged the design to 110%. I am placing mine at the bottom along the short edge of the towel, which will be the opposite end to the pocket. Measure up from the bottom of the towel 20cm and mark, this is the top of your design. Then from that mark, measure down 7cm and mark, this is the center of your design. Then measure across the width of your towel and mark half way. You should have a crosshair mark which represents the center of your embroidery design

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    Step 3:
    Hoop your piece of stabilizer only, I am going to float my towel so the hoop does not mark it. Attach the hoop to your machine then lay the towel over the hoop and ensure your crosshair mark is under the machine foot which indicates the center. Place the piece of washaway stabilizer over the towel and using the basting stitch on your machine, baste down the washaway and the towel.  Note: if you don’t have a basting stitch, you could either pin the towel down or you could hoop it if you need to

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    Step 4:
    Stitch out the 8 color design, then remove the hoop from the machine and unhoop your design. Tearaway the top and bottom stabilizers carefully then trim threads if needed. NB: If you are finding it hard to remove all of the wash away stabilizer you can lay a damp washcloth over the top of the design and leave for a few minutes for the stabilizer to dissolve.

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    Step 5:
    Now around the raw edges of the towel, turn under, towards the back, 10mm then 10mm again and pin all the way around the towel then stitch down. This will give a clean finish around the edges, if you have a serger you could also just serge around the edges.

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    Step 6:
    With the towel facing right side down, at the opposite end of the embroidery on the short end of the towel place the zipper teeth side up on the edge of the towel and pin down (ensure the towel is not under the path of the zipper). Using a narrow or zipper foot, stitch the zipper onto the towel ensuring you stitch close to the edge.

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    Step 7:
    Place the towel right side up and fold over the end of the towel 5 inches, measuring from the stitching line on the zipper. Now pin down the sides of the towel and turn under the ends of the zipper tape. Stitch down the sides. 

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    Step 8:
    Now pin across the top of the zipper, again turning under the zipper tape on the ends, and stitch down close to the edge. Trim any threads and press if needed.

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    Step 9:
    And you’re done! Ready to hit the gym! 

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    Meet The Author: Kylie Burke
    Kylie is based in Australia and loves creating and sharing her unique pieces.

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