Tea Towel Embroidery Project from Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style

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Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction is here today to share a project inspired by her latest book, Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style. Today’s Tea Towel project uses a floral design from the book!

The book features designs inspired by Amy’s latest fabric collection, SoHo Bandana.

Today you can also win a copy of Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style, plus a pack of Crossroads Denim fabric, Sullivans embroidery floss and a Clover hoop and needle pack! Just leave a comment below. Tell us about your love of Indygo Junction patterns, designs and more. You can tell us what you’d stitch up from the book, or if you need new tea towels in your life to spruce up your kitchen or to give to a lucky friend. Any comment will do!

Hello! My name is Amy and I am the founder of the pattern company Indygo Junction. I recently released a new book, Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style that features over 65 embroidery designs and 20 projects. Today I’m happy to share with you a tea-towel tutorial that uses a floral design from Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style.

The designs in IJ’s Stitched Style were inspired by my quilt fabric line SoHo Bandana, which was released last year through Red Rooster fabrics. I love the look of the designs featured in bandanas and thought they would make perfect embroidery accents. Although the book’s projects are fashion focused, you can use these designs anywhere, including on tea towels!

If you’ve never tried embroidery before, have no fear; IJ’s Stitched Style offers in-depth information on trace and transfer techniques, a stitch library and project instructions. The projects range from small accessories that would make great gifts, like a bracelet or business card case, to larger projects like embellishing a recycled skirt.

One of my favorite embroidery designs is this stylized tulip, which is what we will use for the tea towel. (Love the paisley design? It’s one of the many other designs available in IJ’s Stitched Style.) Let’s get started!


  • 1 tea towel: We used 100% cotton towels from Dunroven House which are 20 x 28
  • Coordinating cotton floss: We used Sullivans 45167 orange, 45165 cream & 45106 green
  • Iron-on transfer pen or pencil + office paper OR printable stabilizers such as Bosal’s Tear-Away Stabilizer or Sulky’s Sticky + Self-Adhesive Tear-Away Stabilizer
  • Flower embroidery design PDF
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Iron
  • Terry cloth towel (optional)

Step 1: Download and print out the embroidery design PDF.

OR: Print out the embroidery design on your printable stabilizer following manufacturer’s directions and skip to Step 3.

Step 2:
If using a transfer pen or pencil for the first time, try a sample first on a similar weight of fabric. Then, simply place a sheet of office paper over the design printout. Carefully trace the design onto the paper with the iron-on transfer pen or pencil. I recommend using a pen with a thinner tip as the mark is permanent and a thinner line is easier to cover with embroidery. This design is now an iron-on transfer.

Step 3: Transfer the design to your tea towel. I centered my design on my tea towel near the bottom. To do this I folded the towel in half lengthwise and pressed with an iron. This gave me a center crease to work with during my placement. Of course you can place your design wherever you like!

If using the stabilizer sheet method, adhere the stabilizer to the foundation fabric following manufacturers instructions. If using the iron-on transfer pen or pencil, follow manufacturer’s instructions for ironing transfer.

Step 4: Stretch the tea towel in the embroidery hoop.

Step 5: It’s time to embroider that flower! Cut an arm’s length of floss and separate into two sections, three strands apiece. Thread one section through your needle so that the floss threads are even. Knot floss ends together.

I used stem stitch and French knots in this flower. Not sure how to do those stitches? See diagram below for stitch directions and design stitch map. Follow along the design lines using the suggested stitches.

Step 5: Once you have the flower finished stitch a running stitch along the bottom border of the towel following the hemline.

Step 6: If using the iron-on stabilizer, once you are finished stitching, tear or wash away the stabilizer according to manufacturer’s instructions. For both methods after stitching, cut any loose threads. Remove from hoop and press gently. I recommend pressing your embroidered project face down on a terry towel. This keeps the embroidery from being flattened by the iron. It’s best to use a white or light colored terry towel that has been washed. Hang proudly on your oven door!

I hope you enjoy this embroidery tutorial and use your new skills to stitch and embellish your world. Get 20% off your own copy of Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style by using the code SSBT14 at checkout. Visit IndygoJunction.com and AmyBarickman.com to keep up to date on new products and ideas!

Visit other stops on the tour for more projects and giveaways:
January 13: Flamingo Toes
January 14: Today’s Creative Blog
January 15: Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog
January 16: Tip Junkie
January 17: Wild Olive
January 18: Amy Barickman
January 20: Cool2Craft
January 21: We All Sew
January 22: Kollabora
January 24: Indygo Junction

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110 Responses to Tea Towel Embroidery Project from Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style

  1. Marcia says:

    I enjoy embroidery and think these designs are beautiful and flexible.

  2. Karrie Smith says:

    I would LOVE to start embroidering on some sweet tea towels!! I really want to learn. It’s on my List to Learn

  3. Lissa says:

    Oh I love to embroider. I love Amy’s designs. They are so bold and colorful. I would definitely use some of the patterns to embellish my daughters jeans!

  4. Merrilee says:

    Uh oh. Looks like I’m starting a new hobby. Love them!

  5. Merrilee says:

    Love these. I really haven’t done embroidery since I was about 10 and did some cross stitch (um, that was a really long time ago) but I may have to break into this as a new hobby!

  6. Sherry says:

    I love my Vintage Notions and Fabric Flowers books. The towels look like great fun, I really enjoy embroidery. This book looks fabulous too.

  7. Michelle says:

    This is exactly what I am looking for. I have wanted to relearn how to do embroidery and these designs call to me to be able to follow through! Thank you for the tutorial, pattern and the chance to win.


  8. Cecilia says:

    I love the design you used on the tea towels. Thanks for the tutorial and review of the book.

  9. Melanie says:

    I love to do embroidery. Thank you for introducing me to a new, beautiful designer.

  10. Pattij says:

    These patterns are beautiful. Would love to win!

  11. Chris says:

    Love the Tea Towels. Takes me back a few years.

  12. Sherri S. says:

    I just made tea towels for all my friends for Christmas! I have to say I love the cuffs…inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Peggy says:

    I LOVE Indygo Junction. I have several patterns – purses, a jacket, fabric flowers, etc.

  14. LisaMarie says:

    I went to indygo junctions website to see if I could pick a favorite and discovered about fifty favorites! I love the designs! I’m a brand new fan! Thanks for publishing the tea towel embroidery designs. Going to try that!

  15. Tea towel project has wonderful detail! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Melinda says:

    I haven’t tried hand embroidery before, and it looks like fun and not too hard to do. I have some plain (boring) towel that could use a face-lift!

  17. Vicky says:

    Quick, easy and fun. Thanks

  18. Bobbi says:

    I have a soft spot for paisley and could see them on a bag as well as a new set of towels for the kitchen.

  19. Lee says:

    I love embroidery and this has been one fun blog hop!

  20. Mara says:

    Love the colors of the teatowels.

  21. Jan G says:

    Love your tea towels just sew pretty and simple! Thank you for this blog tour I have had fun!!

  22. Sandy says:

    It’s nice to see hand embroidery making a comeback. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Bobbi says:

    I have been embroidering some lightweight blue denim kitchen towels and would love to make some using the designs in Stitched Style. I think I’d also like to make a bag with those gorgeous paisleys.

  24. barbara says:

    Love the embroidery work. Thanks:)

  25. barbara says:

    Love the embroidery:)

  26. Rochelle Marouski says:

    Love the beautiful tea towels. Indygo Junction patterns are very nice. Just wish I could find the place to comment on at the blog for the giveaway. Not sure if this is the right place or not.

  27. Deb H. says:

    I love tea towels. I need to stitch some of these up for myself!

  28. Kellye A says:

    This would be so much fun! I want to learn embroidery & these look like really awesome, simple projects to start with!

  29. Gina says:

    I have done some cross-stitch,but not embroidery and would love to give it a go. Some new tea towels would be lovely.

  30. all of the items i’ve seen so far on this tour, from this book, look “magically delicious” ! Really sweet!

  31. Cindy says:

    I love the embroidery on the purse on the cover of the book. I had a navy purse like that when I was younger and I wish I would have been able to jazz it up with embroidery-it was suede. I love your work!

  32. Mandi in CO says:

    I love those bracelets & want to make many!

  33. Patti says:

    My daughter has just discovered embroidery and I would love to win this prize for her! I have many Indygo Junction patterns that I’ve collected over the years and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. I’m sure this book will be the same high quality!

  34. charlotte m. says:

    How cute is that! I love stitching designs on things. Maybe some new tea towels are in order here.

  35. Heather J says:

    The tea towels would make lovely gifts.

  36. MelodyJ says:

    I think Indygo Junction has some great apron patterns.

  37. Ariadne says:

    I never stitched on denim before. I thought it was difficult! I’d love to give it a try. Those scarves and bracelets look wonderful!


  38. Elizabeth says:

    Ooh, I think I would make some tea towels! I love tea towels….

  39. Cindy says:

    This is similar to what I embroidered when I was in my twenties. This motivates me to share with my granddaughter. Small projects like the wristlettes would encourage her to want to do more. Get in a little electronic device free time and carry on my love of keeping my hands busy and creative.

  40. Judith Martinez says:

    I would love to make the little embroidered horse from the book. It’s so cute!

  41. Michelle says:

    Dare I hope to win?? I’d love to try my hand at some of the cool wrist “jewelry” to embroider as gifts for my “too cool for school” teenage nieces!

  42. Debbie L says:

    I love embroidery and I’m teaching my granddaughters to embroider. It is so much fun to create something useful and beautiful at the same time.

  43. Cheryl C says:

    I love everything Indygo Junction! This embroidery book is no exception and the Crossroads denim fabric colors look amazing! I want to make a bunch of the bracelets, they’re so cute!

  44. Kathy h says:

    Such cute embroidery. I would love to make that purse for one of my daughters.

  45. Jayme L. says:

    I love Indygo Junction’s practical and beautiful styles!

  46. Lynn says:

    love it! i can’t wait to add this to the library. i’d start with a few cuffs, then move on to a headband, and who knows where i’d go from there. looks fun, funky, fresh, and inspiring. thanks.

  47. Carmen says:

    I really want to make some fabric baskets for my craft room … and embroider them to make me smile.

  48. Pam S says:

    Amy’s patterns are beautiful! I love the combination of sewing and embroidery.

  49. Misty says:

    The tea towels are so cute I can’t wait to make my own!

  50. Cheryl says:

    I have done very little embroidery but these look fantastic.

  51. Sandy K says:

    I would love to try making the bracelets. Thanks.

  52. Vicki H says:

    I definitely need to spruce up my own tea towels.

  53. anna dorothy says:

    I love that tulip design! The book looks really nice. Would love to win. Thanks

  54. Judi B in VA says:

    These tea towels are super cute. Thanks for sharing and I even learned a new stitch from this blogpost.

  55. Ellen M. says:

    These tea towels would make lovely gifts – they’re almost too pretty to use. Thanks for the tutorial!

  56. Carrie P. says:

    thanks for the chance to win the book. I have done several of Indygo Junction’s patterns.
    I have done several tea towels and a girl can always use more in her kitchen.

  57. Debbie says:

    I need new towels! My current towels are not presentable.

  58. Tif says:

    Love the flower paisley design! I’d stitch that on the pocket of a pair of jeans or work it into the cuff of a jeans jacket! So cute!

  59. Beverly says:

    I love these tea towels and have really started wanting to make a collection for my kitchen. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  60. Jessie from NM says:

    I have never heard of Indygo Junction and suddenly I feel like I am missing out, like someone should have told me about this and hasn’t. I feel so unloved, but I so love the book and designs I see.

  61. Marcy says:

    Absolutely LOVE your tea towel design and the (idiot proof–for me) directions. I’d love to make my daughter a set of tea towels for her bday in April. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  62. Tanis says:

    I love the colours used here!

  63. Cindy Pilkington says:

    The designs are so basic but classic. Some new tea towels would brighten up my kitchen! Pick me! 😉

  64. Liz Rehrauer says:

    I bought 6 tea towels months ago, hoping to embellish them for gifts. This is a great time to embellish…

  65. Cindy says:

    I am so excited that embroidery is becoming popular again! My mother and Grandmothers taught me how. I love the modern designs that the book has, I’m so excited to embroider again, Hope I win the book, it really looks awesome!

  66. Barb in MI says:

    The designs look fabulous – and I would probably try my hands on a a scarf or cowl. Thank you!

  67. Deb E says:

    Thank you for the tea-towel tutorial. What lovely colors too. I am partial to the paisley design and how lovely are the flowers inside?! I must obtain Amy’s book and spruce up my plain Jane towels. I have plenty to work with! I would start with the paisley design for sure. Thanks for the inspirations.

  68. beth says:

    I’m new to IJ, but what wonderful designs! I’ve started doing some embroidery with my refugee sewing class and these look like some great projects to try with the women.

  69. Barb Colvin says:

    I love the fresh and practical style of these projects. I think some denim bracelets for my DGD are the perfect place to start!

  70. Jane S. says:

    It’s a new year, and new tea towels are definitely in order! I love Indygo Junction’s designs because they are fun, and fresh, and they would look smashing all stitched up in my kitchen. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. Cindy G says:

    I love the Tulip but my favorite is the paisley. Thank you for the giveaway!! I can’t wait to start on some tea towels for my Mom.

  72. Linda Burrell says:

    I’m encouraging and helping grand-daughters to learn embroidery these modern designs with simple stitches are perfect.

  73. Chrissie says:

    This is a really pretty pattern! I’m hunting up some tea towels to stitch the pattern upon and would love to work more of these patterns. Since paisley is one of my favorites, there’s no doubt I’ll enjoy Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style!

  74. Jen K says:

    I’d probably make half the projects in the book. The cell phone case, bracelets, baskets, etc.

  75. Rebecca T says:

    I’d definitely pick a project to do with my daughter who is learning to embroider. So maybe a little purse or case of some sort.

  76. Lynne Tilley says:

    I would be giving this to my daughter who just recently discovered embroidery and is TOTALLY in love with it and very creative. She is a grown mommy with two young daughters and I know she would love it.

  77. Leslie says:

    Love, love, love the paisley!!!! I have hand embroidered decor all around my house.

  78. rita says:

    Love indigo junction patterns….have 2 skirts I made and love

  79. Melissa Gerber says:

    I love Indygo Junction’s purse patterns. They are my “go to” patterns when I need something new or I need a gift. I grew up embroidering tea towels and always love to add to my collection.

  80. Karen W. says:

    Thanks for the free embroidery pattern. I love the new modern embroidery ideas that are coming out these days. I’d love to win these goodies. Thanks for the chance

  81. Angela Brown says:

    I haven’t done much embroidering except for a few doll faces. I love the book! I’d have to say I could really use business card holder and the cell phone holder. Not sure which I would do first 🙂

  82. Lady_D says:

    Although I love the projects in the book, I might start with simply stitching a motif or two on some of my denim shirts to give those old, ready-to-wear garments some new style…

  83. Maria says:

    This is so cool! I’m new to embroidery and this looks like this would be a great place to start!

  84. Linda says:

    I have many Indygo Junction patterns on my wishlist, and now adding this book! I think I’ll start with the narrow denim wrap bracelet. Love that look!

  85. Lawana Whaley says:

    you are always posting some inspiring designs and ideas… really love the idea of have this book too

  86. Jessica says:

    I have been wanting to try embroidery and this would be the perfect opportunity 🙂 I love these tea towels

  87. Margie says:

    How lovely! I am fortunate enough to be the caretaker of several dish towels made by my grandmother over a hundred years ago! I have tried to make my own, with not very good results. Never thought to use stabilizer. Am determined to give that darn Stem Stitch another try. Would *love* to have this book. Could use it as inspiration to get my daughter and nieces involved in needlework! IJ patterns are among my faves!

  88. fenna says:

    love the ideas it gives for embroidery! I love a special added touch to clothes and quilts though I have a hard time coming up with creative ideas!

  89. Lesley says:

    I need new towels for my kitchen! Just finished a remodel. The book looks great

  90. Mokki says:

    Great tutorial! I do machine embroidery but I don’t do much hand embroidery but I’ve been really inspired lately by eyeing up some artists embroidery work. Me thinks I’ll have a go at this tutorial.

  91. melissa says:

    I do need some tea towels in my life. I used to make them many moons ago with cross stitch but I’ve been yearning to do some embroidery again.

  92. Emme says:

    I love stitchy books!

  93. AshleyB says:

    I’d love to make some tea towels for my mom’s kitchen!

  94. Barbara says:

    I could definitely use some of those tea towels in my kitchen. Just looking at them would make me happy. And I would also make a set for my best friend, in colors to match her kitchen.

  95. Beautiful! Any tips on how to keep the stitching on the back of the towels looking clean, or do you not need to worry about that?

  96. Heather Mentzer says:

    I love that you can still use the book even if you’re new at embroidery. I could definitely use some embellishing in my life and I love the potential for gifting.

  97. Carol F. says:

    Tea Towels! Oh my goodness proof that what was once considered old is new again!!! I was gifted at Christmas with 75 pounds of vintage linens…there’s been a stirring ever since! These adorable tea towels have now awakened the desire to create sets of seasonal tea towels!!! If I start now…I shall have a great head~start for gifts in 2014. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial!!

  98. Java Jane (NC) says:

    I really enjoyed the Indygo website. Very nice garment patterns!

  99. Lyn says:

    Love this book! Such wonderful projects and ideas!

  100. Emily C says:

    I love embroidery! I would make some tea towels for myself and some for my family. You can never have enough tea towels!

  101. stephanie says:

    I love the purse on the cover and the headband is also wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

  102. Debbie says:

    These designs are wonderful! I can think of so many ways to use them! My favorites are the tea towels and the handbags.

  103. Stephanie says:

    That purse on the cover is super cool! I would love to try to make one! The headband is pretty fabulous also! Thanks for the chance!!!

  104. Shirley says:

    I love the illustrations and instructions. Every stitch is explained clearly and the patterns and simplistic but beautiful. Thank you. Shirley

  105. I would want to stitch up something with the paisley design on it. Love Paisley!

  106. Robin says:

    Very pretty patterns. I need to get back into embroidery! The book looks awesome!

  107. Lindsay H says:

    Ooh I need new tea towels, both for myself and as shower presents for my SIL getting married later this year!

  108. lesley says:

    i am new to crafting in general and am currently trying to teach myself how to sew/quilt and crochet. one of my goals for 2014 is to try embroidery as well as many other things (quilling, painting, polymer clay, knitting, etc, etc, etc)

  109. Beth says:

    Love Amy’s embroidery designs! Which one to try? Might have to try try them all!

  110. Heidi says:

    New tea towels would be a perfect addition to my kitchen!!

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