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How to embroider a towel

Date Posted:19 December 2022 

Embroidering a towel can add touches of personalisation to your home bathroom or make perfect gifts for friends and family. I’m going to show you how to embroider a hand towel today, but this tutorial applies to all types of towels.

This project is great for all embroidery levels, from beginner to advanced.

What you'll need:

  • Embroidery machine and embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery threads in your desired colours (we recommend Hemingworth)
  • Frixion pen or chalk
  • Towel of your choice
  • Washaway stabiliser
  • Supersolve topping

Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

How to embroider a towel Project
  1. Cut a piece of Washaway to suit your hoop size.
  2. Hoop one layer of Washaway stabiliser.
  3. Load your desired design on your embroidery machine.
  4. On your towel, mark the centrepoint of where you want your embroidery to sit with a frixion pen or chalk. Refer to our placement guide for more information.
  5. Cut a small piece of supersolve to cover where your design will stitch out.
  6. Place supersolve over the top of your towel, making sure its covering your centrepoint. Pin in place.
  7. Load the hoop into your machine.
  8. Do a trace around of the design, and ensure you do not hit any pins.
  9. Adjust the presser foot height accordingly, so it is just sitting above the layer of supersolve.
  10. Stitch out the design.
  11. Once complete, remove the hoop from your machine and release the towel.
  12. Cut any excess threads and remove any excess stabiliser or supersolve.
    Tip:You can use a cotton bud dipped in water to help remove the excess stabiliser.
  13. And you're all done!

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Embroider on a towel Project
Embroider on a towel Project
Embroider on a towel Project

The designs used in our samples are available on our website. We have used the bunny design from Hi There Farm Animals 1 by Echidna Designs and a dragonfly from Dragonfly Suite by Echidna Designs.

Embroider on a towel Project Pinterest


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Echidna project material/ fabric requirements are an indication only and can seem to be generous. This has been intentional. Should you make a cutting or embroidery mistake you will have sufficient fabric to rectify your error.

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