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Thread: Have you ever embellished a bath towel? (not embroidery)

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    Super Member Elisabrat's Avatar
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    Have you ever embellished with fabric a bath towel? I have 20, yup, 20 white large hand towels that I want to spruce up and need ideas!

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    I have a set of kitchen towels with Chickens embellished on them and have had them for 7 or 8 years and they have held up nicely.

    Billy

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    I would imagine crochet is embellished! as is embroidery just no embroidery machine and my hand stuff well . lets just say I think I could sew fabric onto it easier. If I can decorate a few I can hand them out to the family on Christmas now that I have no projects currently started.. busy hands and all that.

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    My MIL had a hooded towel for my Ds and it is a large towel with a hand towel attached like a hood... Anyway, the gal who made it fussy cut out some images from fabric and satin stitched them along the ends of the towel. It's very cute! You could easily do that with a regular machine and even zig zag the cuts on!

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    I've taken pretty cotton fabric and made a stripe a few inches from the end of the towel.

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    I have done the edges in fabric and then did some small appliques that matched aprons I was giving for bridal and housewarming gifts.

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    i've done applique on towels as house warming gifts to friends.

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    I have sewn pre-decorative bands on (look in the sewing sections where novelties/ribbons are sold on the small bolts), some fancy beadwork on a set of "for looks only" hand towels, crocheted lace bands, ribbons with decoratvie stitches added onto them (the ribbons were washable) cute fabric cut into bands and sewn on, appliques of all kinds and appliqued monnograms. Your imagination can really run with these :wink: I have even found or made twisted cords with tassels, gather the towel on the rod where the band is at the bottom and tie these on...it looks very elegant with the tassels hanging down. Just shorten the long ones to the right length.

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    I just added ribbon boarders to match my mom in laws newly paintly bathrm for a christmas gift...quick project.
    20? thats alot.
    dee

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    Those extra strips of fabric that you have been saving, use them to create a border on the towel. I usually sew the fabric to cover the selvage (the tightly woven part about 3 inches from the end of the towel). Or put a colored border on the end of a towel. It is not necessary to decorate both ends of the towel, or use a different fabric on each end.
    Just have fun.

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    I have sewn my favorite fabric across the bottom of one side of the towel..in a strip about 2 inches wide.

    I have also received a hand towel with a piece of fabric sewn across the towel about 3 inches up..it flaps free of the towel and this friend put a piece of coordinating ric rac across the top of the fabric.

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    I machine embroidered a monogramed initial on mine, looks great!

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    I have hand towels with rick rack, and ruffling sewed across the end of the towel they are red and green for Christmas.

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    I had a bunch of white hand towels that needed something in a hurry. I made 2 to 3 inch wide strips of Seminole quilting and sewed them across just above the hem. They really looked pretty and were so different from the usual. Also, in Florida, we're very Seminole aware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat
    Have you ever embellished with fabric a bath towel? I have 20, yup, 20 white large hand towels that I want to spruce up and need ideas!
    I purchased a dozen white towels (hand size for guests) and sewed a two-inch strip of fabric on both ends. The fabric was in colors matching the bathroom and has been used and admired by many guests. And it was great to use up some fabric strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat
    Have you ever embellished with fabric a bath towel? I have 20, yup, 20 white large hand towels that I want to spruce up and need ideas!
    how about this minus the embroidery? i just doubled a strip of fabric gathered it a little and sewed it on and overlapped it to the back.
    donna
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    You make it sound so easy!

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    Did you use a ruffler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylvia77
    Did you use a ruffler?
    no sylvia, i didn't use a ruffler. i just did it the old fashioned way, sew 2 rows of long stitches, then pull them till u get it all gathered to fit the towel and sew it on.

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    I have just used a couple of rows of decorative stitching on those flat woven part. You can do them in different colors or the same. They look very finished when done. Everyone seems to like them and it's so easy.

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    Well, it looks great!

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    I would really appreciate if you all could add some pics in here...
    Its a great subject and for me a simple pic is worth more than thausand words....
    Thanks and plese let me know

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