Howdy! It's Karin again, popping in to show y'all how to make those spiffy fabric-trimmed embroidered towels. Now, keep in mind, every towel is different, and any of the measurements I provide can be changed to personalize your look.
First thing to do is embroider (hand or machine) your towels, being sure to leave about 3 inches from the bottom of the design to the bottom edge of the towel. This is where your fabric trimmings will be placed. You can leave a little more or less, depending on how you like it.
And here's a couple more tips before we get started - wash, dry and iron your towels and fabric prior to any cutting. This will minimize the shrinkage or shrinkage differences. And for this project, starch is your best friend. Make sure you starch the heck out of your fabrics; you want them to be somewhat stiff when you start working with them.
Basically, you want to start off with fabrics that are slightly wider than your towel - at least 1/2 inch on each side. I usually make a WOF cut, 2 inches wide, for the accent fabric (in this case, that's the dark green) and 5 inches wide for the main fabric (in this case, the red). If your towels are of average size, you can cut each of these strips in half, on the fold, and get two towels out of each strip. SOMEtimes, your towels are wider than 1/2 of your WOF strip, so you can only get one towel out of a strip, with a short leftover piece for some other project. Or the floor, whichever suits your style.
Now you've got the beginnings of your fabric sleeve. Now's a good time to dry fit it to your towel(s). Lay your sleeve down on the table, and insert the bottom edge of your towel into it, meeting the edge of your towel to the long fold of the sleeve.
Floriani embroidery thread in both the needle and bobbin - there are so many colors it's easy to find one that matches well.
And there you go - two nicely trimmed towels, all ready for gifting.
(the visiting blogger :)