Embroidered Dish Cloths Tutorial

Hello everyone! Kymona here and I’m so excited to be back. I’ve missed all of you. 2020 has been a year to remember for sure. I hope all of you are safe, healthy, and sewing to your heart’s content.

A couple of weeks ago my mother and I were talking about being more cost-effective with the products we use in our homes. Starting with the paper towels. When she dries the dishes, she reaches for paper towels instead of dishcloths, so do the kids. So, I told her I would make her a set to use.

Let me show you some embroidered dish cloths!

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Finished product

Materials to Create an Embroidered Dish Cloths

  • 1 yard of toweling fabric
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • White Thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight Ruler
  • Pins
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Washaway Stabilizer
  • Your sewing machine. I sew on a BERNINA 570 QE
  • Embroidery Design

Instructions to Sew and Embroider Dish Cloths

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut (2) 22 inches x WOF

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Cut the fabric

Step 2 – Prepare the fabric for sewing

Fold the unhemmed side of the fabric a half an inch to hide the raw edges.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Press to set the fold.

Step 3 – Sew the edges

With the #10D foot, on the 570 QE sewing machine, sew 1/8 inch from the inner hem. Repeat on the opposite side.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Sew the edge

Step 4 – Prepare the fabric for embroidery

Cut (1) piece of tearaway stabilizer that is bigger than the hoop to ensure you cate it when you hoop everything.
Cut (1) piece of wash-away stabilizer to the same size as the tearaway.

Fold the fabric in half and mark the center where you want the design.

Step 5- Hoop the fabric

Place the hoop back on the table, then the tear-away stabilizer, then the fabric, right sides up, last the wash away stabilizer on top of the fabric.

Place the hoop top on top of the wash-away stabilizer matching the center with the center mark on the fabric.

Take your time, pick up the fabric and hoop and press it in the base.

Tighten.

You’re on your way to embroidered dish cloths.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Hoop the fabric

Note: Do not pull or stretch the fabric.

Step 6 – Embroider

Step up your machine for embroidery.

Lower the feed dogs.

Upload the image onto the machine.

Address the red exclamation marks on the panel.

Change the machine foot to the #26 drop-shaped embroidery foot.

If you forgot to lower the feed dogs the machine will remind you.

Attach the embroidery module M.

Trace the image to make sure the needle will not hit the hoop.

Begin stitching the first color.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Embroider

Change the thread and begin stitching the second color.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Embroider

Finished embroidered dish cloths!

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Unhoop and clean up

Step 7: Unhoop and clean up the embroidered dish cloths

Detach the hoop and inspect the project.

Gently tear the wash-away stabilizer off of the front of the project. What doesn’t come off will wash away.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Unhoop and clean up the embroidered dish cloths

Turn the project around and tear the tear-away stabilizer from the stitches.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Unhoop and clean up the embroidered dish cloth

Use a small scissor to get into areas that your finger can’t reach. Gently lift the stabilizer with the scissor then pull it off.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Unhoop and clean up the embroidery dish cloths

Cut the excess threads away for a clean and finished look.

Embroidery Dish Cloth Tutorial: Finished project

Beautiful embroidered dish cloths! Nicely done. Very easy to complete as well.

These towels are machine washable and can be used over and over. Such a great way to save on buying paper towels. The big plus is they are cute too!

60 thoughts on “Embroidered Dish Cloths Tutorial

  1. I found the link for the split silverware trio design here:
    https://embroideres.com/free-embroidery-designs/individual-free-embroidery-designs/kitchen-theme-free-machine-embroidery-collection/split-silverware-trio/
    But have to ask… 1 yard is 36″ but you want to cut two 22″ WOF pieces. That’s 44″ I think, in order to make these you would have to buy 1.5 yards of fabric unless I misread the instructions and was supposed to split the fabric in the other direction? If that was the case, the towels would be 36″ x ~20″

    1. Hello Marybeth!!

      Thank you so much! The design is already digitized for me, so I just download it into the BERNINA Software vs8 to see what it looks like on the hoop. I do my resizing if needed, then save it to my flash drive. I then take the flash drive over to my BERNINA 570 QEE and embroider from there. I hope this was helpful. Let me know.

  2. When I was married (many many years ago), my Aunt hand embroidered a set of kitchen towels for me – One for each day of the week. This would be a cute way to carry on that tradition!

  3. Would it be possible for me to receive the link for the silverware design? This looks like a cute gift for a bridal shower. Thank you for such clever and easy projects that I can practice on my new machine.

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