March is National Craft Month! To celebrate, we’ll be featuring a few of our favorite projects from past issues of Classic Sewing magazine right here on our blog. The projects we’ve selected to feature include both garments and home decor projects, and range from embroidery projects to items you’ll make with your sewing machine and serger. All the projects are perfect for springtime sewing. We’ll also spotlight some of our products, clubs, and online classes offered on our sister site, The Sewing Collection. We hope you enjoy!


By Claudia Newton, originally featured in our Spring 2018 issue

Simple embroidery stitches in Easter egg colors decorate a purchased hemstitched towel, and cotton Cluny-style lace edgings add a nostalgic touch to this vintage looking design.


  • One purchased hemstitched hand towel
  • 1/2 yd each cotton lace edging, 5/8″ wide and 1″ wide
  • DMC six-strand cotton floss:
    • #208 v dk lavender
    • #369 v lt pistachio green
    • #604 lt cranberry
    • #743 md yellow
  • DMC 50wt cotton sewing thread, white
  • Hand embroidery needles:
    • #8 or #10 crewel/embroidery
    • #26 or #28 tapestry
    • #10 sharps


*Get the downloadable Template/Stitch Key PDF here.

*Get the downloadable Stitch Book PDF here.

1. Pre-shrink towel and laces. Lightly starch and press towel. Fold towel with long edges meeting and crease to mark vertical center.

2. Place towel over *Template. Match vertical center mark to center crease on towel; align horizontal placement line with upper hemstitch edge of towel.

3. Trace design onto towel with wash-away fabric pencil for fine lines.

4. Refer to the *Stitch Key and color photo to work embroidery. Use one strand of floss in embroidery needle; change to tapestry needle to whip and wrap stitches. Stitch instructions are available in the *Stitch Book.

5. Rinse towel to remove any visible tracing lines; press and allow to dry.

6. Use cotton sewing thread in sharps needle. Cut lace edgings 1″ longer than towel edge. Turn under 1/2″ at each end and whip to finish lace edges.

7. With right sides up, whip upper edge of wider lace to lower edge of hemstitch line.

8. With right sides together, whip upper edge of narrow lace to lower edge of towel.

DETAILS: Purchased hemstitched towel is linen/cotton blend available from All About Blanks; cotton lace edgings are #359 (5/8″) and #2485 (1″) by Capitol Imports. Stitched with DMC six-strand cotton.


Claudia Newton is a designer and instructor whose love of sewing and embroidery began at age 10. For several years she served as an editor for Sew Beautiful magazine and other Martha Pullen publications. Claudia now enjoys traveling to teach embroidery and fine sewing; you may contact her at for information about her SAGA-approved classes.


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