Redwork Towel – Free Embroidery Pattern


Stitch up a pair of plucky redwork chickens basking in the sun. These fun pecking fowl are the first in a series of poultry patterns that will be posting regularly here on the site.

This free embroidery pattern is titled Sunny Side Up and is a perfect project to embroider on an old-fashioned flour sack towel or apron. If you’re not a fan of red, this single-color design can be worked in the color of your choice.

Basic embroidery stitches have been used to stitch this project on a pre-made, store-bought towel. Stitches used include stem stitch, straight stitch, running stitch, and French knots.

You can find more free embroidery projects on the patterns & projects page!

Materials Needed:
  • Ready-made kitchen towels, placemats and other accessories
  • DMC 6-strand floss in color #304 medium red
  • Size 9 or 10 embroidery needle
Directions for working the embroidery pattern:

Download the Sunny Side Up PDF Pattern. Trace the design onto the fabric using a water-soluble fabric marking pen. Embroider the design using two strands of embroidery floss in your needle. Stem stitch and French knots are the only stitches used in this simple project.

To dress things up, I’ve added a row of herringbone stitch to the bottom of the towel, but this is optional.

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