Summer time is almost here! There are a lot of opportunities for celebrating the red, white, and blue! We want to be outside hiking, picnicing, swimming, and enjoying family time so this quick-to-stitch project is perfect to get some stitching time in while leaving plenty of time for play.
What you'll need
4- cotton napkins
4- water soluble press on stabilizer to fit hoop
Embroidery thread as stated in the color sequence
Spray starch for pressing napkins
- Because you may want to use bleach (or even a brightening non-bleach) agent to remove stains and brighten the napkins after use, be sure to stitch the designs in polyester thread; rayon thread is not color fast against these products.
- Follow the manufacturers directions on all products used.
- Print out the designs at actual size.
- Press the napkins with spray starch.
- Cut out the printed designs
- Fold the napkin in half lengthwise and determine the design placement.
- For these napkins, the center of the design was placed 3” above the top of the hem stitching line.
- Measure and cut a piece of the waters-soluble press on stabilizer.
- Center the stabilizer on the back of the napkin where the embroidery will be and use a press cloth to press into place.
- Load the design on the machine.
- Rotate the design 180 degrees if needed.
- Select the thread color stitching order.
- Hoop the napkin, centering the pin.
- Align the design to the center mark on the napkin; remove the pin.
- Stitch the design following the color sequence.
- Repeat the steps to stitch all the napkins with the designs.
- Wash the napkins to remove the stabilizer and then dry.
- Press the napkins with spray starch and then fold them.
Congratulations! Whether for yourself or a gift, learning new ways to use designs increases your enjoyment of stitching. There is no doubt your project will be a “Grand Slam!”