Embroidered Hand Towels

By  Helen Bradley  for  Kreinik (

size: 14"x18"

  • Embroidered Hand Towels


  • Linen in seasonal colors, two, 21-1/2”x19-1/2”
  • Kreinik #8 Fine Metallic Braid: Gold, Green, Red
  • Matching thread


  • Sewing machine (optional)

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, embroidery needles, pencil and transfer paper

Pattern - Embroidered Hand Towels

  • 1. Print out full-sized patterns. Hem two long sides and one short side of fabric using 3/4" seam allowance.
  • 2. On unhemmed side, turn under and mark 5-3/4" hem. Transfer lettering to center of fabric just above marked hem line.
  • 3. Hand-sew letters in Metallic Braid using whipped running stitch. Use Red or Green for running stitch and Gold for the whipstitch.
  • 4. Outline holly berries in red using backstitch and fill in with Rhodes stitch. Fold and hand-sew hem using invisible stitches to cover back of embroidery.
  • 5. Hand-sew line of whipped running stitch in Red or Green, and Gold just inside hem line through all layers of fabric.
  • Tip
  • 1. For best results, use a large embroidery hoop so fabric is stretched taught as you work. Do not make your stitches too tight or they will pucker the fabric.