Hand-Stitch a Snowscaped Tea towel for Christmas

Make flour-sack towels worthy of holiday display by adding a seasonal hand-stitched design.


What You Need:
  • Tracing paper
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Pink flour-sack towel
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • DMC embroidery floss: 1 skein each of white, brown (3863), and burgundy (815)
  • White four-hold buttons: one 3/4-inch and one 1-inch

Download Snowman and Tree pattern

How to Make It:

Enlarge the pattern onto tracing paper. Tape the pattern to a sunny window or light box. Tape the towel over the pattern, centering the design 2 1/4 inches from the bottom (front) edge of the towel. Using the marking pen, trace the pattern onto the towel.

For the snowman, attach buttons as indicated by broken-line circles on the pattern using embroidery stitches to secure. On the 1-inch "body" button, stitch a burgundy cross-stitch through the holes. On the 3/4-inch "head" button, use a burgundy straight stitch for the mouth and two brown French knots for eyes. Carefully press the finished piece.

What You Need:
  • Tracing paper
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Pink flour-sack towel
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needle
  • DMC embroidery floss: 1 skein each of white, brown (3863), dark green (367), and light green (369)
How to Make It:

Enlarge the pattern onto tracing paper. Tape the pattern to a sunny window or light box. Tape the towel over the pattern, centering the design 2 1/4 inches from the bottom (front) edge of the towel. Using the marking pen, trace the pattern onto the towel.

Use all six strands of floss for all embroidery. Place the towel in the embroidery hoop. Stitch white running stitches for the snow mounds; brown satin stitches for the tree trunk; and long, thin dark green cross-stitches across the width of the tree. Referring to the photo, add five or six lime green straight stitches diagonally over the cross-stitches on the tree (the straight stitches get shorter as you work from the bottom to the top of the tree). Note: When working the tree, do not carry your embroidery threads across the back of your work. Carefully press the finished piece.

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