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It’s Turkey Time!

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

You still have time to celebrate Thanksgiving with a few quick, stitched embroidery projects. I visited our advertisers’ websites to see what they were cooking up for Turkey Day and boy, what an amazing assortment of designs. Here’s what I found by entering Thanksgiving into the search box on each site.


DigiStitchesPlay food – got some little ones coming for dinner? Stitch up this play cookie dough ahead of time and you’ll keep the little ones busy making their own batch of cookies.



Anita Goodesign Anita GoodesignIf you’ve been sorting your fabric scraps by color, then you’re halfway done to making this turkey crazy quilt block! Anita Goodesign’s mini collection, Turkey Crazy Quilt, will dress your table in style.

OESDStart an heirloom collection of cherished table lines with this classic embroidery design, Tom Turkey #WP355_48 from our friends at OESD.

Applique for Kids   

Applique For KidsSo often little boys are forgotten when it comes time to holiday projects.  Not this time – here’s something for the little guys, a turkey truck.

SewAZ Embroidery Designs  SewAZ Embroidery Designs


Add a little sparkle to your holiday with Sew AZ Embroidery Designs wall dangler. It’s stitched in variegated thread with Mylar accents on the turkey and pumpkins.

Bunnycup Embroidery Bunnycup Embroidery

Bunnycup EmbroideryBunnycup embroidery designs welcomes both friends and family. So charming, these designs fit in a 4” x 4” hoop.

Zippy DesignZZippy DesignZ  ZippyDesignZ


Bring the best pie – one that’s calorie-free and lasts a lifetime!  Pie pincushions are so simple to make – all in the hoop!  They’re like potato chips – you can’t just make one!

Pickle Pie Designs

Pickle Pie DesignsTom Turkey Hair Pretties will top off any little angel’s holiday outfit.  Won’t she just love dressing in the spirit of the holiday?

Five Star Fonts   

Five Star FontsI’m Stuffed!  Don this fun shirt after the dishes are done!

Oma's Place   

Oma’s PlaceHow about stitching this heartfelt expression on each napkin?

Katelyn's Kreative Stitches   

Katelyn’s Kreative StitchesA sweet appliqué, the fabric is the star for this turkey.

GG Designs Embroidery  GG Designs Embroidery


Make a whimsical Percy Pumpkin toy softie in the hoop.


EmbroitiquePerfect for a table runner or table cloth, set the tone of the holiday with this heartwarming message.

Amazing Designs  Amazing Designs


Turkey Troubles at Amazing Designs takes a fun approach to the day – that is if you’re not a turkey!  Here’s one of my favorites:  the jogging (ok, running for his life) turkey.

Embroidery Library

Embroidery LibraryGot 20 minutes? Then dress for the occasion and decorate your apron with one of Embroidery Library’s lovely season border designs.

Urban Threads Urban ThreadsWhat’s a holiday without a gift?  Our friends at Urban Threads are posting this free design for all.  Click here and jump over to their site to download your design.

Here’s your assignment this week:

It seems as embroiderers, we’re always focused on making gifts for others, so I’m wondering how many of you have treated yourself to monogrammed/embroidered napkins. Tell me what you stitched for your table this holiday season and you could win a Perfect Placement Kit which will make your next set of napkins a breeze!

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Did you know that the fonts on the Perfect Towel Kit are not only ideal for stitching on terry cloth but fabulous for faux fur? Want to win Perfect Towel Kit – just in time for the holidays? You love the coverage you get when you use fonts with double underlay when embroidering on those holiday fibers. Just tell me what size is your biggest hoop. Is it a 4” x 4”, 5” x 7”, 7” x 12” or other size? Leave your comment and you could win the Perfect Towel Kit.

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

And the winner is… Sharon!  “My largest hoop is 8″ x 12″”

Congratulations Sharon!  We wish you many happy days stitching perfectly aligned towels!





  • Dee Bratcher

    I have made some embroidered napkins for the spring and used them. For this holiday season – I did embroider a couple of ecru hemstitched linen table runners. The designs are from Embroidery Library. One has three designs that I merged together and flipped one design. The other one has 2 designs that I merged together. You can see a picture of them on my fb page Paisley Cherry Mercantile.

  • Cathy Chalk

    As you said, I spend most of my time making things for others. With three men in my house, pretty napkins seems too fussy. Oh well, maybe when I have daughter-in-laws to appreciate1

  • Dee

    I LOVE doing napkins for each holiday as I am the one that hosts each (as I have older relatives). I have done Easter Bunny & Eggs for Easter, Flip-Flop and summer drink ones with coordinating place mats for summer, Leaf napkins and a Thanksgiving table runner, and 2 different Christmas sets, with a Christmas table runner to coordinate. Also, embroidered crosses on 12 for use at our church during Mass. Next project is wine colored napkins to do in wine theme to go with some placemats. Love how quick & easy they are and add so much.

  • Whitney H

    I haven’t done them yet, but a friend of mine gave me the idea to stitch unique designs on each person’s holiday napkin, and then send them home as a gift! Since there will be mostly couples, I’m going to find some designs that work in pairs.

  • Shirley R

    I am going to do The Quilt Company’s Easy Striped Table Runner with Debbie Mumn’s Great Harvest material, quilting it with Multicolor quilting thread containing the same shades of orange, brown, avacado, and gold as in the fabric. Embroidered napkins and tea towels, as well as FSL Xmas decorations for others are on my to-do list. Would surely love to win the Perfect Placement Kit, which would make my work much easier!

  • Rhonda W

    I plan to embroider the plain napkins I bought last Christmas. I didn’t even think of it till the other day looking at some holiday magazines and admiring the tablescapes. I never embroider anything for myself.

  • Jean H

    While I haven’t stitched anything for the table, I have made a Thanksgiving themed pillow and kitchen towels.

  • Jean

    Have never stitched napkins (or towels), they are on the list of things to learn how to do.

  • Gail Beam

    I embroidered horse heads on napkins, tablecloths, and table runners for my sister a number of years ago. The perfect placement kit would have made doing these items a whole lot easier!!

  • Linda Coleman

    I’ve made dresden plate embroidered placements and table runner

  • Linda Seemann-Korte

    I love embroidering on napkins. My family is very musical so I have digitized a design that includes both the treble and base clef. I usually stitch it in black thread on a white napkin. It is a hit!

  • Jackie

    I have made a number of Wedding and Xmas monogrammed gifts for others but have never made any for myself. Since reading your blog this morning I’m off to embroider a set of napkins for myself. Thank you.

  • Anne Marie Reilly

    I embroidered different Christmas motifs on green napkins to go with my tablecloth next month. They are all different on purpose so that everyone has something unique. I have a set of gold napkins that I use for Thanksgiving and wish that I had thought ahead to embroider them for next week.

  • Barbara

    Since I often have to lave my lunch on the run, I made a holiday-themed in the hoop lunch tote. It makes my little meal seem so much more festive!

  • Terri

    How about a tablecloth? A friend of mine was given a tablecloth as a wedding present many years ago. After Thanksgiving dinner each year, newcomers to her table are asked to sign their name in pencil on the tablecloth. When the guests are gone, she hand embroiders their signature in red thread using their pencil signature as a guide. (sometimes the guests add a fun little drawing to their signature.) The signatures from the past really bring back the memories of all of her friends and loved ones. It’s a wonderful way to remember all the delightful dinners we’ve shared.

  • JoAnn Shipp

    5.9 x 15.7 is the largest hoop size that I have.

  • JoAnn Shipp

    I stitched Eleanor Burns Autumn Leaves Tablerunner.

  • Carmi

    I haven’t done any embroidered napkins, yet. I have made napkins and tablerunners in the Autumn theme.

  • Mary Heil

    I’m working on holiday napkins and table runners for my family members. First I added embroidery to the napkins I had on hand for next month. Then I purchased a couple of large tablecloths (on sale) that I will cut up and embroider as needed for each person to match their taste and home decor.

  • Nancy Stringer

    My niece loves to go to tea and to have friends over for fancy teas, so I made her a set of linen napkins with an embroidered Victorian teapot. I was going to add a monogram but was worried about getting the perfect placement in relation to the teapot. Hope I win. I could really use the Perfect Placement Kit for my own set of napkins!

  • Beth R

    I’ve started stitching some linen napkins – but I’ve got to finish them!! Love some of the seasonal designs that the vendors have come out with; makes me think of more napkins and table linens that I want to do.

  • Carol Seavitt

    My sis-in-law just finished remodeling her kitchen and so, thought I would make her a basket of towels, kitchen mitts and of some napkins. Bought some blanks on sale at Kohl’s now just need to get the right designs.

  • Cindy McCord

    I am embarrassed to say that I don’t have one embroidered napkin!!! I’ve lost count of how many I’ve done and given away. I have stacks of them in the closet for me but I never seem to take time to make them!! Another thing to put on my 2012 “to do” list. Eileen, I hope you and your family have a Wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Beverly

    I stitched some Thanksgiving napkins for a friend using a design with Indian feathers, pilgrim hat and fall leaves. I placed the design in the corner of each napkin and they turned out beautiful. I am going to stitch a small Christmas tree on napkins for my family. Now, I’m in the process of making a tree skirt.

  • Jo

    I’m trying to get into the spirit looking at your magazine and your face book page does help..I have plane napkins and I’m going to try to put the OMA”S Place give Thanks on 12 napkins..just saying a lot prayers to get my husband and myself and our family through our first holiday without our son..prayers are diffidently welcome. I’ve looked at the prefect placement for a long time and feel it’s an asset for any sewing room..Thank You for all the hard work all year long..Hope your Thanksgiving is warm and happy and full of family and friends and prayers.

  • eileenroche

    Thank you for your kind words, Jo. May you find peace and comfort with your family this holiday.

  • Karen Roop

    I am the cook so I made myself kitchen towels and an apron with the turkey design from Anita Goodesign’s Holiday tea towels, they turned out so cute I am actually looking forward to wearing that apron and having my guest help with the dishes afterwards (I hope).
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!


  • Barb Miller

    ,I made tableclothes for my church. I enlarged the church’s initials. Table clothes have a way of disappearing, so I hope this would help.

  • Soph Hall

    Hmm, guess I am right up there with mostly thinking of gifts for others. I made a very long table runner out of fabric with “tablecloth” squares, used a variety of single color thanksgiving/fall embroidery designs, and edged the entire thing in a fall print fabric I made into bias binding. I love the feeling of creating something and being able to enjoy it with my family.

  • Evelyn Gonzalez

    I monogrammed my Christmas table linens with embroidery. For my red damask tablecloth, I made a bright white “G” and for my white damask napkins, I used a very bright red “G.” It was pretty easy and they came out gorgeous!

  • June Young

    I embroidered napkins and a bread basket liner for the dinner table.

    • Cynthia

      Hi June, I was just wandering if you have a snap hoop or know anyone who does? I am having difficulty with my stitching. If you know anyone can you please have them to email me at [email protected]

  • Donna G.

    I also make many gifts for others, but I do make table linens for myself. I like to make tablerunners and placemats with matching napkins, and just made a set for Christmas. It seems like the food always tastes better when served with pretty napkins and mats (or am I just hoping that’s the case?)!

  • Pam Jackson

    I am just starting out in machine embroidery and haven’t made anything for myself yet, but I do have a set of napkins I think I will try to get done for myself, this kit would come in handy! By this time next year I will have embroidered everything in the house!

  • Keri Tieman

    I am also just starting out. I just embroidered white napkins with redwork Christmas designs for my table. You are so right most things I make I give to others. I always excited to learn more.

  • Keri Tieman

    I forgot to tell you my hoop size
    15.0 x 40.0 cm

    Thank you

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