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Free Cross Stitch Towel Border Patterns

Updated on March 27, 2013
Beautiful, aren't they?
Beautiful, aren't they? | Source

Where to begin

You've been looking at you kitchen or bathroom thinking that it needs that extra something to dress it up. You haven't been able to put you finger on it but you know it's missing something. What would be better than a new kitchen towel or bathroom towel set personally stitched by you?

If you stitch it you can hand pick your pattern rather than have to settle for a towel off the shelf. Now that you're thinking in that directions you have to ask yourself, "Where do I begin to find what I need?". Well, that's why I'm here.

In this hub I will tell you where to find a pattern and where to find the supplies you need to create your one of a kind towel set. Good news, you won't even have to leave your house. How great is that?

Free Patterns Online

  • Tipnut

This site has a collection of adorable patterns from the 1940s for kitchen towels. You download them and stitch to your heart's content.

  • Free Patterns

Here you will find patterns perfect for the bath towel.

  • Crossstitch

This site offers 6 different cross stitch patterns for towels, including one for a cute baby towel.

  • Free Patterns Online

Here you can find several free border patterns prefect for the beginner.

  • Knitting Fever

Believe it or not this site has a cross stitch pattern you can download. It's a beautiful little design for a bath towel.

  • Love To Know Crafts

Offered here are free patterns plus directions on how to make your own patterns.

  • Nancy Hearne, Designs

This designer has several patterns that are well worth the look.

  • Kreinik

There are some very pretty Christmas holiday towel border patterns available on this site.


This is a good sample of stitchable towels.
This is a good sample of stitchable towels. | Source

Online sites for supplies

  • Stitch On It Direct

This site has a nice select of both kitchen and both towels that are ready for you to stitch your own pattern.

  • Joann's Fabrics

Joann's has one of the largest most complete selections of stitchable towels available. They range from fingertip to bath size. You will also find any supply you need to complete your own handmade towel.

  • The Art of Stitch

On this site you will find a selection of gingham checked towels in various colors with a 4" x 4" stitchable inset. It's the perfect size for your favorite design.

  • Accents Inc

Here they not only have the stitchable towels but the supplies and patterns that are sure to please.

  • ABC Stitch Therapy

There are several stitchable towels offered here. The selection of books containing patterns for stitchable towels is one of the best I've seen.t

This is a terrific chart to determine how many strands of embroidery floss to use for your pattern.
This is a terrific chart to determine how many strands of embroidery floss to use for your pattern. | Source

Now that you have your pattern what do you do?

Understanding Charts

Each square on the chart represents a stitch. Unless the chart states otherwise this stitch will be a cross stitch.

Any blank spots is just that-an indication of a blank space. You do not stitch in that spot.

Any straight lines indicate a backstitch.

Threads

I have included a chart to help you decide how many threads to use to stitch your patterns.

Stitchable towels typically use 14 count aida cloth in their insets. For this you will use 2 or 3 strands. For those who like a thicker looking stitch 3 strands would be a better choice.

There are different types of thread or floss that can be used.

  • cotton - the most popular choice.
  • perle' cotton - used for a pearl effect.
  • rayon - for a soft shiny effect.
  • metallic - usually used to accent.
  • variegated - for a gradual change in color.

Needles

Since stitchable towels use 14 count aida you should use a #22 needle.

If you come across a stitchable twoel that uses 16 or 18 count aida you would generally use a #24 or #26 needle.

This is the basic cross stitch stitch.
This is the basic cross stitch stitch. | Source

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I haven't done cross stitch in so long and your hub reminded me of how relaxing I used to find doing this. My kitchen sure could use a new tablecloth and what better way than to do a cross stitch. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Just Ask Susan, I love to cross stitch. I also find it a relaxing hobby.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What a useful hub! Anyone interested in cross-stitch will certainly learn a lot for this hub. You have certainly packed this full of very useful information.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and I must add helpful!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I watched the video. I think i can do this, i have never done cross stitching. Thank you...

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      My daughter loves to cross stitch so I'm going to share your fascinating drop stitch info with her in case she is not aware of the resources you listed. Thank you.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      tillsontitan, thank you. Cross stitching is one of those touches that can really add to your décor.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, I'm sure you can do it. You'd be amazed what you can do with a couple of stitches and a lot of patience.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj for sharing. It's always a good idea to keep a running list of where to get free patterns.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and voted up KK G .

      Enjoy your day

      Eddy.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eddy, thanks.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is so wonderful. My mother used to do a little bit of this, and did lovely work. I am more of a bull in a china shop, but I have done latch hook rugs. It would be nice to do something with birds, though...

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, it's a lovely work of art. I think birds would be lovely on towels.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love cross stitching! I use to make a lot of those small towels as gifts! I have a little less time to crosstich for the moment but when I travel, I like to have one or two of those towels with me because it doesn't take a lot of room and it's practical to keep myself busy on long flights for example!

      I used to have my students create a project for mother's day with cross stich. They were cross stitching the initial of the first name of their mother.

      Thank you also for sharing places where to find free patterns online!

      Another thing that I love with cross stiching is that I can buy a book in another language and read the patterns :-) It's like music :-)

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kidscrafts, it's great being able to get free patterns. Cross stitching is my calming hobby.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      very useful indeed. I love cross stitch vy much. Bookmark this hub

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      peachpurple, the stitched towels do make a beautiful addition to décor. I am a cross stitcher through and through.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Free Cross Stitch Towel Border Patterns a creative thought here and so easily explained. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      RTalloni 17 months ago from the short journey

      Towels bordered with cross-stitch designs are so nice to make for oneself or to use as gifts. I like that they can be created to celebrate seasons, themes, and nicely monogramed. The sites you mention would be neat to explore for supplies--thanks!

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