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KITCHEN BOA instructions by TOOGIE
Supplies needed
1 Kitchen towel
9inch x WOF (45inch)
regular supplies for sewing and embroidering * I suggest a design no wider than 4 inches across. I will explain why later.
Step 1-Fold and mark your towel in half, placing top and bottom hems together. Now on one half, find center of that half, and mark placement for embroidery.
Step 2-Embroider design of your choice, after hooping with tearaway under towel and washaway on top.
Step 3-* Read all this step before doing*-After removing towel from hoop, cut in half, along the first line you marked. The reason we didn't cut earlier when we marked is, so you would have enough towel to hoop. Now I serge or overlock my cut edges. IF you don't have a serger, zigzag BEFORE you cut, zigzag TWICE, each time on side of line. In other words you will have 2 lines of zigzag stitches, with the marked line in the center. NOW cut on the line. It is easier to zigzag this before you cut, but keep your stitching evenly distanced from line.
Step 4-Placing towel face down on table, start folding towel on one side from center 2 inches, bring to center, and fold back to outer edge, then bring side to center again. (See photo2) Pin. Do the same on other edge while still lying with face down. Do this for both halves of your towel. Stitch across the 4 inch folds to hold together. (Now you see why your design shouldn't be wider than 4 inches).
Step 5-With your fabric cut 9 x 45, or width of fabric, take to ironing board and keeping your selvege edge on, iron and fold down about 5/8 inch on each short end.-Pin along long 45 inch edge by placing right sides together. Sew with your regular machine, along the length you have pinned leaving ends open. Edge finish this long seam with zigzag, if you didn't serge. Turn right side out and press, with your seam in the center back, NOT along the side edge.
Step 6-Place your ends of folded towel, inside the hole on each end of your fabric strip, which is now your boa. Place your stitching line where you stitched across your folds, just inside, making sure the center back seam of your boa, matches the center of your folded towel edges. (refer to photo2 again) I baste stitch first, (because I don't like to rip tight stiches-lol) just to make sure I catch both the front and back edge of my boa. Check and see you have caught all the towel inside and both front and back of the boa edges. If good, then I stitch a back and forth stitch (it might be called a stretch stitch). I lengthen mine to a #3.5. You don't want your stitches too big, as you do want it to hold good. I stitch at the folded edge and then about 1/4 inch or 3/8 in away, just try keeping it evenly spaced. That's it, now enjoy!

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by arisann 8d ago

Nice and useful!

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toogie by toogie 8d ago

Thanks!

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by mechille 9d ago

OH Toogie, I can't wait to try these.... thanks for all the instructions. :)

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toogie by toogie edited 9d ago

You're very welcome. Did you look below about the rolling pin?

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by mrskiki 9d ago

I made this one this morning. Super simple. Thanks again and hugs. Nan W

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toogie by toogie 9d ago

I told you it was simple! I am so glad you showed us yours. I love it and actually have that design from Julias Needle, too. Did you go to the rolling pin design below and dl it? It is still free even though old post. I have quite a few of his designs and they have stitched out well. The camping ones I stitched long ago, but perfect. They are on page 2. Thanks for trying this out and showing others too how easy it was. Have a nice day. Toogie

mrskiki by mrskiki 9d ago

I already have that rolling pin design. I keep thinking that maybe I would shorten the amount of fabric and use a whole towel on each end. Perhaps a towel the size of a bar mop towel. That way there is more towel to wipe with/on. what do you think?

toogie by toogie 9d ago

Try one and see how you like it, as I can't give you any input. I haven't actually used mine yet. I can tell you one thing though. When I washed them in the washer they tangled all up, wrapping around each other. The yellow hue from the green towels bleeding did not come out of the white.(I just didn't think but I did think enough to put the color catcher sheet in, altho it didn't help this time) They look the color of, excuse my description, pale urine instead of white. I am now ripping all the cloth fabric straps away as when they twisted tight around each other or maybe the bleach I had to use too, the fabric looks streaked. I was getting on too well with my gifts and the devil didn't like it, I guess. These will most likely be mine, unless someone can advise something else to try. I first tried Oxiclean.

toogie by toogie 9d ago

Oh, I did want to say, if someone is short in statue, don't make the towels or strap too long, as it will be flapping around their knees!

mrskiki by mrskiki 9d ago

Try the Oxiclean again. Use the hottest water you dare with your fabric and soak for several hours, not just a short time.

toogie by toogie 9d ago

I was thinking this too BUT I did first try Oxiclean with the green ones out of course. I even boiled water in my kettle several times and added to the soak in my machine with hot water at lowest level depth. Kept it in overnight. Did nothing.
That's when I tried the bleach. I didn't want to put too much, but I did put a good bit. I didn't care about the cloth at this point. I had more fabric. I just didn't want to bleach out my design after making them.
Well, I have the fabric ripped out now and the seam allowance is still pretty and white. Not so with the rest of the towel.
Not 'throwing in the towel' yet, as the saying goes!

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by toogie 9d ago

Here is the rolling pin design I used. When you click on the link it will say 'page not found'. BUT look to the left and click on page1. Scroll down and the design will be on your right. I did have to resize it to a 4x4 because at the time I didn't have a 5x7 machine. You can use any fonts you already have for the words. Good luck-Toogie

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by kathymourie 10d ago

Thank you Toogie.
Kathy
xoxo

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

You're most welcome, Kathy.

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by Midnight1 10d ago

Will give this a go. Thanks for such complete instructions

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

You're very welcome. You will want to make some for friends and family too, I'm sure.

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by aussiequilter 10d ago

what a great idea ,i always have a towel over my shoulder when I bake

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

I thought it was a great idea too and it seems like we may be seeing one from you. I hope so!

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by toogie 10d ago

Cuties, 'a word to the wise' er than me.
After finishing all these, I wanted to throw in the washer to wash all the stiffness out, from using the WSS. Well, I threw them all in with a Shout Color Catcher sheet. If you are not familiar with this product, it usually works well. It suppose to set the dye in each item and you SHOULD be able to wash together. Not this time. I only used one sheet, but the green bled so much all the other white ones had a yellow/green hue.
After I tried and soaked in Oxiclean, I have been soaking my 4 while ones, in a very little bleach water, in my washer since yesterday. Will give you an update about this process.
My recommendation is to pre-wash your towels, AFTER you embroider with WSS and BEFORE you cut in half. I find the design area is still too rough/stiff just spaying it with water to desolve. I know we don't like to stop and do this, as we like to finish our items and see results of our work. However, it is so disappointing like in this case, if we don't. BTW my fabrics had been pre-washed and my red didn't bleed at all.

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dlonnahawkins by dlonnahawkins 9d ago

Toogie, something I learned about removing WSS from a design on towel and blankets is to wet a paper towel, then taketo iron and steam it with the iron. This removed the WSS and if there is any residue left, repeat the process. I learned the hard way too with towels....I did some beautiful Christmas towel, went to wash, and the red strip down the side of these towels bled all over. But, I am going to get some of those sheet to have on hand. (oh, I messed up some of my DH's undershorts too - he now has a very nice pink pair).

toogie by toogie 9d ago

Well, I have pale urine colored towels now. Think he would rather them?-lol- I bought some more towels today. I am pre-washing them SEPARATELY and also put white vinegar in the water. It SUPPOSE to set the dye. IDK.
I thought if I have to wash these before I embroider, then again after I embroider to get the stiffness of WSS out, then sew the fabric on, it's more sugar than its worth!

arisann by arisann 8d ago

Lots of work, but very nice!

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by mrskiki 10d ago

Thanks so much for these instructions. I am not a big apron wearer so this should solve my problem of wiping my hands on my clothes! Hugs. Nan W

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

Double post extra laugh!

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by mrskiki 10d ago

Thanks so much for these instructions. I am not a big apron wearer so this should solve my problem of wiping my hands on my clothes! Hugs. Nan W

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

LOL-lol You surprised me there!
Now get to this Nan and post me a photo to show, so I can also see your 'clean' clothes!-lol

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by worthy 11d ago

Never heard of these. Thank you for posting instructions and picts..

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

You are so welcome. Let's see some you sew here in Sewing but if you embroider on them so much the better, post them in Projects. Can't wait to see yours!

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by bielie 11d ago

Thank you so much for sharing. Will make a great gift. You are an inspiration.

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

Ah, and you are so nice. We all draw from each other here, that why I love this opportunity to give back.
You're so welcome, my pleasure.

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by katydid 11d ago

Toogie , love your photo and detailed instructions. How do you use it in the kitchen?

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

I will post a photo here at top to show you. Can't in this comment.

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by jrob Moderator 11d ago

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

I'm looking forward to seeing what Cuties (and you) come up with. Great time to work on holiday gift towels, especially using the christmas fabrics, that have come on after christmas sale.

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by clintonmiss22 11d ago

Love this idea. haven't seen anything like it before. Will put it on my "to-do" list.

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

I hope you get that list done, so we can see what you've made.Anxiously awaiting....Toogie

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by lilylady 11d ago

Toogie, Some ladies made these for our emb class the end of Nov. They said if you put a button on one side and a hair bungee, as a loop on other side, it will help to keep it from flopping around. I think these are great.

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

Exactly where do they place these? Seems like it would restrict your length of using both towels to catch something. I don't know as I haven't used mine yet.

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by liliana1 11d ago

Thank You

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

You're welcome

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by dragonflyer 11d ago

Thanks, Toogie....

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toogie by toogie 10d ago

My pleasure..

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