Have you ever seen a towel with the design so high up that you can only see half the design when hung on an oven handle? Or looked at a T shirt with the design sitting on someone’s belly button? Well, there is a formula for proper placement of designs on everything.
If you are putting a design on a kitchen tea/dish towel the rule of thumb is the bottom of the design should be 3″ from the bottom of towel if there is no built in border. If there is a border then bottom of design should be about 1″ from top of border. That means you need to know how tall your design is so you can find center placement because designs are all embroidered with marking from the center point. That 3 inch also gives you room to add a pretty fabric band, or ruffle or ribbon trim along the bottom. If you have software then print out a template, cut around the designs and place on towel so you can measure up 3 inches to bottom of design. Then do placement markings with an erase away marker.
The one exception to this rule would be a recipe put on a dish towel. If the recipe is tall then fold the towel the way it would be hung on a towel bar or oven handle. Print out a template from your design software and place that template on the towel so that it looks pleasing to your eye and centered nicely. The bottom of the design may only be an inch from bottom but that’s OK. Grandma will love seeing her recipe displayed for everyone to see and hopefully you will have made the cookies to go with the towel. Hey, guess what! The towel and cookies would make a wonderful Christmas present or party gift. Next time we will talk about design placement on clothes.
Until Next time!!! Happy Sewing!
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