Essentially, "off site" embroidery consists of stitching the embroidery design on something else, and then applying it to the project as an appliqué. There are lots of advantages to this method. In this case, I wanted the backside of the towel to be free from the customary, unattractive "wrong side" stitches. There are other reasons to use this technique. If you'd like to learn more, below you'll find links to other "off site" embroidery projects I stitched in the past.
Now, back to the embroidered tea towel project. In celebration of April being National Serger month, I used the serger to make the ruffled trim that ties together my pretty purple color scheme. Follow the instructions and you'll learn how to use a gathering foot on the serger. This foot makes it easy to gather one strip and sew it to a second strip all in one quick pass.
Of course you can use any color combo you choose for the project. The tea cup itself is made up of just three different colors, making it easy to change for your own personal color palette.
I'd love it if you would visit the Brother blog and then come back here to leave your comments. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have too!
Hooray! The issue with the free design coming up as "not free" has been resolved on the Brother site. Click directly on the link in the project instructions for the free design.