Do you like to embroider on kitchen towels and hot pads? These five tips help ensure that they have a long and productive life.
Whether for gifts or for ourselves, we often embroider things for the kitchen. They withstand a lot of use, excess heat, frequent laundering, and messy cleanup.
Your embroidered towels and pot holders will be workhorses, especially when you follow these guidelines.
Cotton is King
Cotton fabrics and towels, 100 percent cotton, hold up the best for utilitarian projects. Cotton will wear well, wash well, and stitches up beautifully. Blended textiles often stain more easily, snag, and show more wear than their cotton counterparts.
Do you prewash kitchen towels? I do, unless they are already pre-shrunk. Cotton is the fiber of choice but it can shrink. The towels that I used for the kitchen boa project, stitched with Bonnie's Wing Needle Butterflies, were washed and dried before assembly.
If you stitch bags to heat baked potatoes or ears of corn in the microwave, you cannot use just any batting. Pellon Wrap-N-Zap is microwave safe. Others may catch fire. Whether you are stitching a fabric bowl for heating fresh rolls or making a baked potato, the right batting makes a difference.
Poly or Cotton Thread?
Polyester thread is bleach resistant and wears better through repeated laundering. That makes it a good choice for embroidering table linens and dish towels.
For hot pads or items you will use in the microwave that could be exposed to high heat, you should use cotton thread.
Match the Decor
Everybody has their own personal taste. See how Bonnie's Fun Time Veggies towels coordinates so well? Hand-made gifts are even more special when the person making them takes taste and decor into consideration. A project is even more gorgeous when it is created to accentuate the recipient’s home.
What tips do you have for embroidering kitchen items?