DIY: Appliqué Towel Letter

Personalise your towels or garments with letters and motifs by following our appliqué tutorial. Start by choosing a product of your choice to personalise. You will need a coordinating or contrasting fabric for the motif, thread and a double sided adhesive such as Bondaweb. Check out the corresponding YouTube tutorial (DIY: Appliqué Towel Letter) for a detailed view!

Start by choosing the motif and the motif fabric.

Draw the motif onto the smooth side of a double sided adhesive (Bondaweb). If you are working with a letter or directional motif you will need to draw this reversed (back to front).

Roughly cut around the motif.

Iron the textured side of the Bondaweb (double sided adhesive) onto the wrong side of the motif fabric. Follow the ironing instructions of your individual double sided adhesive.

Cut around the motif on the drawn line. Cutting through the double sided adhesive and motif fabric.

Peel off the smooth backing paper of the Bondaweb (double sided adhesive). This can be tricky to get started.

Position the wrong side of the motif onto the garment or towel in the location you wish to attach it. Measure the location for accuracy if required.

Iron onto the towel or garment following the ironing instructions of your individual double sided adhesive.

There are a number of different machine stitches that you can complete for appliqué; check out our appliqué tutorial on YouTube (How To: Appliqué) for a detailed instruction of three different methods: straight stitch, zigzag and satin stitch.

We used a satin stitch to attach the motif onto the towel. Some sewing machines will have a satin stitch as a stitch option, however for more basic sewing machines you will need to change the width and length of a zigzag stitch.

Stitch Width:  2-3mm (this will depend on the thickness of your fabric)
Stitch Length: 0-0.5mm

We recommend testing the satin stitch to obtain the correct width and length prior to completing this on the product. To create the satin stitch you will need to keep the stitch length as close together as possible, however the stitch will need to be moving through the machine (if the stitch length is too close to 0mm, you will find the sewing machine stitches on top of itself to create a lump). Start with the length at 0mm on a sample of fabric and gradually increase the length until the sewing machine moves the fabric through the machine, but sews very close stitches (this is usually about 0.2mm-0.3mm).

You will also need to test the placement of the satin stitch on a sample before starting on the real garment. You want the zigzag to jump from both the garment to the motif fabric. Find a mark that you can follow on your presser foot for accuracy.

Good luck with your sewing and please share your projects with us on Facebook, and Instagram, we would love to see what you are working on!