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    finishing my embroidered dish towels

    So, I have finished embroidering naked ladies on tea towels for my brother (thanks Jenny, yay sublime stitching!)
    Now my question is... how to I make it look nice so that I can give it to him? I thought maybe I should cut out some of the same fabric I used for the towel and sew it on the back to hide the "bad side" of the stitching. Is this necessary? My husband thinks it might look tacky) Should I not worry about how the bad side looks? Now I am worried because they look so nice (if I do say so myself) and I don't want them to fall apart when he uses them (but of course I want him to use them).
    That's all, maybe I'll scan the front and back and put them in my album tomorrow. I am just having my usual "is it really going to work?" stress that I get whenever I make something myself.

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    You learn as you go to make the back of something like that pretty or just not as messy as it could be. You won't see the stitch detail, but that's not so bad, and you'll still be able to see the motif.

    Sometimes embroidery like that can be hidden in a deep hem, as on pillowcases. But most bureau scarves, tea towels, aprons, whatever that I have whether I've embroidered them or I bought them at thrifts do not have pretty backs. It's all fine. You are just being hypercritical of them now.

    When he opens the box he'll see the neat side, that's the side he'll want friends to see, the side that will be up on the counter or in the basket or wherever he uses them.

    Don't sweat it. And don't cover it with another piece of fabric.

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    They're just tea towels, they always have messy backs. Don't sweat it - you should be very proud of what you've done already! My grandma got me a new set of them this year (they have Monday Tuesday etc on them) and the little old church lady who makes them got a sewing machine that does embroidery from patterns... they're gorgeous and all, but my old handmade ones do feel a bit more comfortable.

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    You could try ironing fusible interfacing onto the back of it maybe?

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    i love the embroidered tea towel idea. i have used embroidered hankies to wrap gifts instead of paper, because then the wrapping is part of the present, and it's reusable!

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    Thanks,
    You're right I was being hyper-critical. They don't look too bad. Also I realized a lot of the stuff I had been checking out was machine embroidered, which naturally looks different on the back than my stuff.
    thanks again!

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    I mostly use embroidery hand kerchief. And embroider them in a different way for gifting my friends. This idea of embroidering towels is interesting ! I will do them for my Tea towels ,.it will add some aesthetic value to he tea table !!

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    Interesting information

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