I wanted to take a minute to post some tips for Monogramming Towels because, I find these make the perfect gift for a number of occasions. I enjoy giving them to friends and family alike. Especially at Christmas, weddings, housewarmings, to college kids who’ll be staying in a dorm, etc., etc.
First off, if you have an embroidery machine, it likely came with a number of lovely fonts built in, which you can use to create a design. But, if you want to expand your options with a very user friendly software, I’m loving Monogram Works from Designer’s Gallery. You can check it out here and you can buy it at Humble Sewing Center. http://www.designersgallerysoftware.com/products/Lettering-Embellishment/MonogramWorks/
Whatever software you use, here are few “Rules” for monogramming:
1. When the monogram is for an individual, follow this sequence: the 1st letter of their first name, the 1st letter of their last name, then the 1st letter of their middle name. For example, in the photo above, the person’s name could have been: Arthur Ned Fuller. In monograms, the letter for the last name is often larger than the other letters.
2. When the monogram is for a married couple, follow this sequence: the 1st letter of the groom’s first name, the 1st letter of the groom’s last name, then the 1st letter of the bride’s first name. For example, in the photo above, the couple could be: Arthur and Natalie Fuller.
Let’s talk about some recommended supplies and stabilizers:
The kit contains 15 reusable plastic templates for embroidery on towels, napkins, shirts, burp cloths, and more. It also comes with a fully illustrated booklet so you can jump right in and get busy with your projects.
Ok, on to the stabilizers. You’ll need both of these:
- Self-Adhesive Wash Away stabilizer – it’s a water soluble stabilizer w/ a paper backing. When you peel the paper away, it reveals a sticky surface.
- Water Soluble Stabilizer – this is a light weight, clear stabilizer that tears easily and dissolves with just a spritz of water.
Here’s what to do when you embroider on a towel:
- Fold the towel in half vertically to find center front.
- Use the placement template to determine design placement.
- Place a target sticker on the towel to mark the center of the design.
- Cut a piece of the self-adhesive wash away stabilizer that is big enough to give you about a 1/2 “lip” around your embroidery hoop.
- Peel the paper backing from the stabilizer. Lay the stabilizer with its sticky side up. Lay your inner hoop on top of the sticky stabilizer. Wrap the sides of the stabilizer around the hoop, pulling and adjusting so that the stabilizer is stretched and taut like a drum.
- Place the inner hoop into your outer hoop and tighten the screw to secure. (The sticky surface should be face-up)
- Position your towel so that the area you want to embroider is over your hoop. Lay the towel onto the sticky surface and press lightly to make sure it is securely attached.
- Attach your hoop to your embroidery machine and dial up the letters or design you plan to stitch. Use the target sticker to make sure your needle is in the correct starting place. Peel away the sticker.
- Cut a piece of the water soluble stabilizer that is a little larger than the design you want to stitch. Lay this stabilizer on top of the towel. (This topper prevents your stitches from sinking into the towel and disappearing.) You can either use a few pins to hold it in place, or you can use your hands to hold it steady until it gets tacked down by the first few stitches.
- Sew out your design. When finished, you can gently tear away the water soluble topper you used and you can spritz to dissolve any unwanted traces.
- Remove your hoop from the machine and peel your towel away from the self-adhesive stabilizer. You can cut the excess stabilizer away and rinse away any unwanted traces. (I tend to just cut the excess stabilizer away, since the traces will dissolve in the first washing.)