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    Flour sack or other towels to embroider...

    I do craft sales in fall and am looking for some reasonably priced towels to embroider and or decorate. Does any one have a good source? Thanks again for any help.

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    So far I find the ones at Joann's with my 40% off coupon is the best for flour sack towels. Our store will let you use the store printed coupon and one on your phone at the same purchase. Some people make their towels - I have not tried it yet - the cost of fabric and time would be more than what I can buy them for. But you may want to open the packages at the counter to make sure there are no flaws.

    For hand towels - terry towels - I have found some nice ones at Walmart. They have different grades of towel. But I made a few for kids with their names on them so didn't want to use the top quality towels that would more than likely be in a rag pile within a year. Now that I think about it I bought a few at Target too.

    I went kind of crazy for those holiday embroidery patterns - they are so cute and I am so new to machine embroidery.

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    Our ranch supply store carries flour sack towels -- they were about $1.00 each last time I checked -- I have at least 30 of them in the closet ready to embroider.

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    Sams Club and Costco sometimes have multipacks of the flour sack towels. I don't remember the price but it seemed reasonable.
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    I live on Long Island, NY. we don't have flour sacks here or feed sacks. they are made of paper here.
    wish we had nice fab ones. Target has nice terry hand towels 2/$3
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    Found some on Amazon. Don't know what a reasonable price is but there was a set of 7 for $21.00 (Aunt Martha's) which comes out to $3.00 a piece for a 28" x 28" flour sack towel. I put them in my wish list.
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    Try AllAboutBlanks.com! Since you have a business, you can purchase wholesale. Her prices are very reasonable!
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    Thrifty White drug stores have some of those towels. Crafts Direct, which is much like Ben Franklin (dime store). The brand from Walmart seemed too thin for embroidery, as did those at ShopKo. Perhaps using iron on pellon or wash away stabilizer would help. Joann's are previously mentioned carries Aunt Martha's.

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    I just bought some from www.towelsandhome.com and they are very nice towels. There are different ways to buy them, ie: priced per towel or in a bundle.

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    Sams Club has very nice feedsack towels. I think they are a little over $12.00 for 12. You can also order on line if you are a member. Walmart also has them but they may be somewhat smaller--I have not purchased any of them. I use to make days of the week tea towels and sell at craft fairs--always a best selling item. You will want to use vintage or lighter digitized designs or redwork if machine embroiderying and a very crisp backing that tears away easily. I always wash my new tea towels and starch and iron them before stitching. Hope this helps.

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    I have gotten them at Walmart, not sure of the price 4 or 5 towels for about $5.00.

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    I buy bleached or unbleached muslin for towels then can make the size I want, works good for me.
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    littleoldme....do you make the towel and then back it with another sheet of muslin?
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    I do a lot of handiwork on flour sack towels. When I first started using them I bought them at Walmart. They were 4 towels for $5.00. The problem was they are only hemmed on 2 sides. They were always very wrinkled. I had to spend time hemming and a lot of pressing. I would crochet a beautiful edging around and then a applique on them. I was never overly pleased with the results. They always looked like cheap towels because they were cheap towels. I discovered a linen company on line. They supply restaurants with linen. Here is their web address
    http://www.acshomeandwork.com/c/flou...r-sack-towels/ They have several sized to chose from. The are great. All four sides are hemmed and the come nicely pressed. Now my hard work looks a lot more professional. I have sold tons of them. The money is well worth it.

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    If you buy wholesale this co. has great ones. Cant remember how much they were, do not have my shop anymore but wish I could still buy from them . They are great towels but not square ones .http://www.pkhc.com/gift.html

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    I just bought a pack of flour sack towels at Fleet Farm. They are hemmed on 4 sides and 28" square. Cost was a little under $10 for 6.

    These I purchased to make cleaning cloths for my eyeglasses. Plan to use my serger to cut each towel into 4 smaller towels. Had a conversation with my optician who said that cotton cloth is fine for cleaning eyeglasses *as long as* there is no fabric softener used on them. Fabric softener can ruin the non-glare coating. They will need to be washed separately from my other loads, so I wanted enough to make a small load without fabric softener worthwhile.

    Anyway, wanted to mention that I have purchased these before to use in the kitchen. They are often cut and hemmed off-grain, and they have often become out-of-square after I wash them, so I'm not sure how well they would work for embroidered gifts. The quality of the ones I have purchased from Walmart and Fleet Farm have been the same, and I expect the quality of those from Sam's Club would be similar. If I had an embroidery machine, I think I would opt for better quality flour sack towels and see how they look after washing (before embroidering).

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    I do a lot of emb. on towls for gifts and have found some real nice ones at target. I use the wash away stabelizer that machine embroiders use, the kind that feels similar to light weight interfacing. I trace my design on a piece a little larger than the pattern and use glue stick to hold in in place on the towel. They wash up beautiful.
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    Sam's Club has multipack flour sack towels. They are so big you need to cut them in half and hem the newly created raw edge. They need to be pressed before you embroider them. Several people I know use them for the purpose you described. The packages contain 12 towels--the yield is 24 after you cut them. Be sure to open a package to see if that is the fabric you want. froggyintexas

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    Check out Ikea, bought some flour sack type towels for $.79 each. They have an assortment of colored narrow stripes down each side. Have embroidered on them, they hold up well.

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    Atwood's that is if you have one. Good ones, the ones I have gotten at Walmarts are sorry.

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    The Dollar Tree here not the best quality but cheep.

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    You might look at ACShomandwork.com. (American Chair Store) You can buy in bulk.

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