Hanukkah Tea Towels Tutorial
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Hanukkah Tea Towels with Embroidery & Trim

finished Hanukkah Tea Towel with bricket

Hanukkah Tea Towels

with embroidery & trim

Learn how to embroider Hanukkah tea towels trimmed with fabric and fun pom-pom trim. For different holidays, simply swap the embroidery design and fabric colors to suit your kitchen décor. Tea towel blanks make quick and easy work of last-minute gifts, too!


Supplies listed are enough to make 2 tea towels.


Load the chosen design onto the machine. Choose one design for both Hanukkah tea towels or choose different designs for each recipient or to display in your kitchen.

hanuukah tea towel embroidery design on screen

Hoop two layers of Sulky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer.

hooping fabri-solvy for tea towel

Fold the towel in half lengthwise and finger-press to create a foldline along the towel lower-edge center.

Position the towel over the hooped stabilizer, aligning the towel foldline 1 1/2″ below the hoop lower-edge center cross mark. Use KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to secure the towel to the stabilizer.

using KK 2000 to secure towel in hoop

Place the hoop onto the machine. Embroider the design, clipping jump threads with each thread change.

clip jump threads in embroidery

For a towel, where the wrong side will be visible after embroidery, clip jump threads along the hoop wrong side with each thread change, too. Before or after threading the new color, remove the hoop from the machine and flip it over. Clip the jump threads, and then re-place the hoop back onto the machine. Continue with the design.

When embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and the towel from the hoop. Trim the stabilizer layers beyond the embroidery perimeter. Rinse away the remaining stabilizer under running water until completely dissolved. Depending on the design used, a wet cotton swab applied to the stitching on the towel wrong side often works to remove the stabilizer without rinsing.

Roll the towel into a larger towel to rid it of excess moisture. Let dry flat on the towel. (Alternatively, keep the stabilizer in place and it will wash away with the first washing. If giving as a gift, instruct the recipient to throw it in the wash before or after displaying.)

Repeat to embroider the second Hanukkah tea towel.


Trim off the towel lower-edge hem. (Some tea towels and flour sack towels are not hemmed very straight! This is your opportunity to square things up before adding trim.)

Cut a length of pom-pom trim 1/2″ longer than the towel width.

cutting pom-pom trim to fit towel edge

Next, clip or pin it to the lower edge of one towel, keeping the poms facing upward toward the towel design. Then, fold each trim end 1/4″ at an angle toward the raw edge. Baste the trim in place using a narrow-edge or zipper foot.

basting trim in place on towel edge

Next, cut a length of the fabric strip 1/2″ longer than the tea towel width. Then, double-fold each end 1/4″ toward the wrong side; press, and then stitch along the second fold.

Place one fabric strip long raw edge along the towel lower edge, sandwiching the trim tape. Clip or pin in place. Then, stitch the fabric trim in place using a zipper foot to get close to the pom-poms without stitching through them.

stitching fabric trim to tea towel

Turn the fabric trim toward the right side; press, keeping the iron away from the poms.

To finish, fold the fabric long raw edge 1/4″ toward the wrong side; press. Then, fold the folded edge up toward the previous stitching line to just cover it; clip or pin in place. Next, stitch just beneath the seamline from the right side to secure the fabric edge and conceal the raw edges.

At each fabric trim end, topstitch along the previous stitching to secure.

Repeat to trim the second Hanukkah tea towel.


Wrap the Hanukkah tea towel up with some kitchen gadgets, family recipes and colorful utensils. Or make a hot dish to share and gift the towel to the host or hostess of the dinner party.

finished hanukkah tea towel with ingredients

Embroidery designs that are recipes in themselves (such as the featured designs) are fun to display in your kitchen, but nice to gift along with the ingredients included in the design!

Have fun using different sizes of pom-pom trim, or insert rickrack into the seam instead. Embellished towels are great easy projects to use scrap fabrics and trims.

finished towel on oven door

Happy Hanukkah to all!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!