This is my finished beach towel. It’s folded up so it might be hard to see, but the letters of the name go across the top of the towel. I started this maybe two years ago but never got around to finishing it because I didn’t want to cut out the fusible webbing. Turns out it wasn’t as hard as I had thought it would be.
So, when I picked it back up tonight, I had already cut out the letters, and that was it. I didn’t use a stencil or anything, I just used chalk and free hand wrote out the name, then cut it out.
Before I started I ironed out my letters, they are cotton by the way. I liked the colours because the light green in the letters matched the green of the towel. Next, I laid out the letters on the towel to make sure they were actually going to fit and so I would know where to stick each one with the webbing.
You can see here I used a tiny knife to cut out the interfacing. I just traced out the letters, so easy. I seriously can’t believe this is what took me so long to do this.
I tried to waste as little webbing as possible. I did this by keeping each letter close to the edges to the webbing. I had to throw out very little and have lots left for the next time I need it.
All ironed on, but after the letter C my iron was full of the gluey stuff. Also, I had no idea how long to iron it for. So I tried between 3 and 5 seconds. It worked but some letters started to fall off later and I had to re-iron them.
There’s a lot more than you can see in the picture though, my letters were literally sticking to the iron. So I had to stop and clean it.
This is not my first time having this happen though. Turns out you can just clean it off with a dryer sheet. Once I wiped all the glue off, and the dryer sheet residue, the iron was as good as new. I finished sticking the rest on then was ready to set up my machine.
I had apparently also bought matching thread when I first started this project. You should note however, that if you have a long name you’ll want more than one spool .Notice also that I have matched my thread to the fabric by unraveling a little bit first and matched that part. This is more accurate than matching the whole spool.
Machine set up. Zig zag stitch at its widest and a narrow stitch length. I used between 0 and 1.
Finally ready to start sewing. I put the center of the foot right between the applique and the towel.
At the corners and curves I made sure to pivot with my needle on the outside of the corner or curve as you can see above. This will keep you from getting spaces in your stitches.
P all finished. At the C I had to stop and iron on the remaining letters as they had started to fall off from all the moving and turning of the towel that I had to do. After the P I had just 8 letters to go. I ran out of thread at the second L but luckily had a very very close substitute.
Finished towel! Thanks for reading.