How to embroider a kitchen towel in no time

The condition is as follows : Outside is something like 5C to -15C degrees, depending on the region of the world from which you are reading this article. You are freezing and all you want is to snuggle under the duvet with a hot chocolate. I get it. Tomorrow I will share with you the most delicious recipe for homemade hot cocoa. But today my advice is this : Stay home and craft something.

And what is more cozy than embroidery?

I love embroidery. It’s a love that my grandmother passed on to me, who taught me all the secrets of embroidery when I was in elementary school. And here’s a tip : If your grandmothers know how to embroider, ask to learn all the secrets. Embroidery has begun to become very popular in our time, especially abroad. It’s often incorporated in modern objects and contemporary creations. From an embroidered kitchen towel, to a very modern embroidered sweater, a pair of embroidered jeans, or a backpack embroidered with an avocado that goes happily about its business in the city.

I have received several messages that you are looking forward to getting ideas and learning all about embroidery. Indeed, we have a lot to see and say about embroidery and I am sure you will love this pastime as much as I do. I am also sure that with a bit of practice, you will learn to make beautiful embroidered creations.

For now, let’s learn how to decorate a simple linen kitchen towel, by embroidering colored shapes on it. This particular stitch is the easiest and that’s why I chose to start with it, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t get a beautiful result.

You will need :

  • A linen kitchen towel / Linen cloth
  • Colored embroidery threads (Mouline)
  • A pair of scissors
  • One needle for embroidery (The mouline thread, that consist of 6 thin threads, must fit in the needle head)
  • If you find visualizing shapes a bit complex, you can mark the shapes on which we will embroider later using a colored pencil.
How to embroider triangles :

In general, this creation is a piece of cake. It’s important to learn how to make such a simple stitch first, to make a adorable colorful kitchen towel. Don’t worry about the size of the shapes (whether they are completely straight etc.).

If the fabric you are about to embroider is linen, then beware that it can be easily marked and creased. This means that before you start embroidering, you need to iron the fabric. This property of the fabric will help you mark your shapes with the needle and then embroider them on top.

  1. Pick a color you want to start with. Cut 30 cm off the Mouline thread and make a double knot at the end.
  2. Mark the fabric with the needle, forming a triangle. Pass the needle with the thread at the beginning of your shape.
  3. Pass the needle alternately above and below the fabric as in the 3rd picture. The following pattern may seem more helpful to you in understanding this stitch :

  1. Once you make the first row of your shape, remove the needle from the upper side of the fabric.
  2. Continue to embroider the shape, following the “engraving” you have created with the needle on the fabric.
  3. Once you have completed the shape, create a double knot on the back of the towel.
  4. Make several triangles of this color at the bottom of the towel.

Once you’re done with the first color, move on to the next. Embroider triangles in different colors and sizes all over the bottom of the towel, as in the 2nd and 3rd image.

Once you are done with all the triangles, iron the towel because it will definitely be creased.
Wash it without fear in the washing machine, since these threads are very durable and don’t fade (if you get the right ones – they cost about 0.90 euros each)

So what do you think? Will you try this effortless idea?
Go! Quickly search the drawers to find a forgotten linen towel and start embroidering colorful shapes on it. I’m sure it will lift your spirits!

See you soon,


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