Personalizing Gifts: Embroidered Holiday Towels

I do quite a few personalized gifts with my embroidery sewing machine. An easy to follow tutorial for machine embroidering on terrycloth is here at Embroidery Library.  Using a pack of the white Martex hand towels from Costco, I coordinate colors and themes with the bath, kitchen and holiday theme of the gift recipients.

These towels are Retro Christmas Design from Embroidery Library. I’ve debated about adding trim or embroidery to the band but prefer that for folks who grab that towel they have the bottom edge to use.

These were a gift last year for friends who’s holiday decorating colors center on turquoise.  The font is standard with my Husqvarna Viking Designer Topaz machine. The snowflakes include Embroidery Designs  Sew Man Star Snowflake, Pinnacle Embroidery Snowflake, and one of the snowflakes is Great Notions  Snowflakes edited to an individual design I could place them where I chose.

These are the microfiber towels you can pick up that are a bit shorter than regular dishtowels. They have a lined border  (to keep the weight similar to the rest of the towel) with a  fabric border from my stash. The design is again the Great Notions Snowflakes from Embroidery Designs –  this time the design “as is”.

This last one didn’t come up as perfectly as I’d like, but to be used as a large basket napkin for a friend who raises chickens it should still do the trick. The fabric is Joann huck toweling, the rik rak Wrights  and the embroidery design Embroidery Library ‘s  Christmas Chickens with the wording of Merry Christmas added by me.

All the items were sewn with Sulky embroidery threads, 40 weight. I download the majority of the designs in HUS format and need to use my software to convert it to my machine’s VP3 format. My suppliers for designs have changed since I first acquired my machine. I started only using MyEmbroideries as that is what was recommended by my vendor (btw – they have a 75% OFF every design sale though Dec 6th – I’ve not seen this level of sale from them ever). Then added others as I found them. I tend to use Embroidery Library the most given their regular sales and vast selection with Urban Threads and Esque for something a tad different. Moose be Stitchin, Zippy Designz and Oma’s Place all have great “in the hoop” designs to purchase and download at very reasonable pricing – every one of them has stitched out wonderfully for me. I have a few others I’ve found through Yahoo lists that have many sales and freebies. Do check out their landing pages to see Embroidery Garden’s in the hoop Santa Potholder, MooseBeStitchin’s in the hoop Roller Skate Holiday Stockings and Urban Thread’s Gingerbread ornaments (bitten 🙂  ). Many of these folks also have Facebook pages or Flickr groups.

Yahoo groups for instruction or sales that I belong to are;


11 comments on “Personalizing Gifts: Embroidered Holiday Towels

  1. Wow! That is so neat! What a great way to personalize gifts, too! 🙂 I love the simple snowflake designs – and the chickens are too cute!

    I dropped in from the My Backyard Eden party. 🙂


  2. Lisa says:

    These are SO pretty! Makes me really want one of those machines to make my own!

  3. Allison says:

    Those are adorable! I love fun holiday towels!

    Thanks for linking up!

  4. jan says:

    Great work. Thanks for the info on the sites for the designs. I had never heard of Esque before.

  5. Becky says:

    Very cute and talented–thanks for linking up!

  6. CJ says:

    I like the naughty and nice towels the best. 🙂 Bet no one uses the naughty one. 😉

  7. These are absolutely gorgeous! I think I’d have more fun with an embroidery machine than I would with a Cricut any ol’ day :).

  8. What a wonderful machine to have around! The possibilities for home decor and gifts is endless!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  9. Regards for posting “Personalizing Gifts: Embroidered Holiday Towels ceo
    a’s draiocht”. I reallywill absolutely end up being coming back for more reading and commenting shortly. Thanks a lot, Lukas

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