Hand Embroidery Project: Pumpkin Tea Towel


Pumpkin Tea Towel

Fall is officially here, and no autumn décor is complete without pumpkins! This cute Pumpkin Tea Towel project designed by Shannon Miller is easy to create using a hemstitched tea towel and a bit of French lace and hand embroidery. The pumpkin embroidery design was made from the line art of a design from Martha Pullen Company’s Shadowwork Fun & Fancy CD, and we’ve included the hand embroidery template here for you below. The template is also included in the centerfold of issue #126 of Sew Beautiful magazine.


  • Pumpkin embroidery template (below)
  • Purchased tea towel
  • 1/2-inch wide lace insertion approx. 15 inches long
  • 1/2-inch wide lace edging approx. 15 inches long
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Cotton (#608 bright orange, #3346 hunter green, #470 lt avocado green)
  • Hand embroidery needle
  • Monofilament thread
  • Narrow line blue water-soluble marking pen
  • Dye kit to dye lace orange

Pumpkin hand embroidery template: To save this template to your computer, right click and choose “Save Image As” from the menu. Or, on a Mac, control-click and “Save As” – You can then print the template from your computer.


1. Dye lace following instructions provided with dye kit. Press with iron to set color. NOTE: Shannon made orange dye by mixing coral and yellow dye together and testing the color on small pieces of lace until she achieved her desired shade of orange.

2. Glue-baste lace onto tea towel.

3. Using a narrow zigzag stitch and monofilament thread, machine stitch lace to towel.

4. Mark pumpkin embroidery template onto towel using blue water-soluble marking pen. On sample, pumpkin is centered on towel approx. 1-1/2 inches above lace.

5. Using two strands of DMC embroidery floss, hand embroider pumpkin design onto towel using a stem stitch; use #809 bright orange for pumpkin; #3346 hunter green for stem and vines; and #470 lt avocado green for leaves.

6. Rinse towel to remove glue-baste and pen markings, let dry and press towel.

Click here for a printer-friendly PDF of this project!

For more fall sewing fun, check out our festive September 2015 Internet Embroidery Club Pumpkin Designs.

Happy Sewing,

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