Best Dish Towels For Embroidery

An embroidered dish towel is a great gift to both give and receive. It’s also a great way to spice up a gift basket, and make it more personal.

When buying dish towels for embroidery, you generally want to find blank towels, so the pattern on the towel won’t obstruct your motif, however a few lines or little details might actually add to the overall look. It all depends on what style you have in mind.

Many people prefer buying their tea towels in bulk, in order to easily create a full set of embroidered towels. Further more, buying bulk tea towels ensures that you have enough towels, in case some of your embroidery doesn’t go as planned, or you want to do a few test runs, before really getting down to business.

The tea towel fabric that’s best suited for embroidery is cotton and linen. Linen is usually more expensive, but has both great drying power, as well as provides a great base for your embroidered patterns. Cotton is more common, and also a great option. It’s soft and holds up well over time. If you invest in quality cotton towels they’ll be absorbent and soft as well as still look good, even after many year’s usage.

Below we have collected some of the best white tea towels for embroidery. We based our reviews on the various buyers’ opinions when it came to picking the best towel. The reviews are in random order, so be sure to look through all of them before you make your final decision.

Flour Sack Towels Commercial Grade 28in X 29in (12-Pack)

These Flour Sack Towels are made of 100% cotton, however they have some texture to them, so they don’t feel completely smooth. The dish towel fabric is a little bit thin and does shrink a little bit when washed, so we recommend that you pre-wash them before using them for any projects, such as embroidery. They do produce a bit of lint when sown on, most towels do, so you will want to look out for built up lint in your sowing machine, so you don’t end up breaking too many needles.

On the topic of embroidery, when it comes to white tea towels for embroidery, these are fairly popular. Some buyers noted that they came out of the washer fairly wrinkled, so it’s a good idea to iron them before you do any work on them.

These white tea towels do occasionally have a problem with the hem fraying after being washed, so we recommend that you buy a pack and give it a test-wash before embroidering on it.

When it comes to actual use, these towels really deliver. They absorb a lot of water and are great for everyday jobs around the kitchen, whether it be wiping off the edge of a plate or drying off your dishes.

Aunt Martha's 18-Inch by 28-Inch Vintage Dish Towels, Multi Striped

These lovely vintage dish towels by Aunt Martha's made of 100% cotton. They come in 4 different color variations, blue stripe, green (and yellow) stripe, red stripe and multi-stripe which features 4 stripes, each in a different color.
The dish towels themselves are sort of an off white color. They’re hemmed all the way around and have a little loop in the corner which makes them easier to hang dry when you’re done using them.

These towels absorb water very well, and they only get better with use. The colors hold up nicely, even after having been washed and used a lot of times, so you don’t have to worry about the stripes fading.

When it comes to using these cotton tea towels for embroidery, they hold up very well. The material is strong and easy to embroider on. They work well when used with embroidery machines, and create beautiful results every time.

It’s best to wash them in hot water, put them in the dryer and iron them before beginning your embroidery, in order to get all the shrinkage out of them so it won’t ruin your embroidery later on, and so that you’ll have a nice smooth surface to embroider on.

Liliane Collection Quality Kitchen Dish Towels

18"x28" - 6 Units - 100% Cotton Dish Towels - Vintage Design with Two Colorful Side Stripes and Hanging Loop.

These lovely vintage style dish towels from Liliane Collection are a alternative when it comes to finding a suitable cotton tea towel for embroidery.

These towels are generous in size measuring 18 by 28 inches. The quality is heavy duty and they feature a convenient loop for handing dry after use.

If you’re looking for blank tea towels for embroidery, these almost meet your requirement, as they do have a colorful stripe running down each side. Apart from that, however, they’re blank. The weave is strong and solid, and works great for embroidery, as can be seen from the picture below:

I found this picture on amazon, so I hope I won’t get in trouble by posting it here. I just thought the embroidery looked so nice, it would be a shame not to share it!

They’re made of 100% cotton and produce minimal lint. They have great absorption straight out of the box, however it’s still better to wash them once before use. That way you remove any lint there might be left over from the weaving process, as well as make the towels softer and more absorbent. When washing wash in cold water and remember not to use fabric softener.

These towels are also available in a larger, flour sack model which measures 28 x 29. These are another great alternative when it comes to towels for embroidery. I've included a link to these towels below:

Cotton Craft - 12 Pack White EuroCafe Waffle Weave Terry Kitchen Towels 16x28

Cotton Craft - 12 Pack White EuroCafe Waffle Weave Terry Kitchen Towels 16x28
100% Ringspun 2 Ply Cotton Highly Absorbent Low Lint, Professional Grade 400 Grams, Multi Purpose Bar Mops Hand Towel

These classic tea towels comes in a multitude of colors. The towels don’t have any print or pattern, making them very suitable for embroidery.
These are great tea towels for embroidery, as they work well with both machine embroidery as well as hand embroidery. The textured waffle weave of these kitchen towels also adds a nice contrast to your embroidery. If you feel like this weave isn’t what you’re looking for, please head on to the next review, as we discuss another kind of blank tea towel, also suitable for embroidery, in that one.

When it comes to blank towels for embroidery, these are pretty much top of the line. There are other blank tea towels on the market, however, these have the added benefit of the thick weave and absorbent pattern.
Another “special” point to note about these dish towels is that they come in multiple different colors, which means that you won’t be forced to embroider on a white background, if you feel that your motif would do better on a different color.

The fabric of these dish towels is 100% 2-ply ring spun cotton, which makes them both strong, durable as well as absorbent. The color doesn’t run when washing, and they hold up and look great even after multiple washes. These dish towels measure 16 by 28 inches.

It’s advisable that you wash them before use as that will make them more absorbent as well as remove any lint that’s left over from the weaving process.

It’s recommended that you don’t bleach these kitchen towels, and as always, don’t use fabric softener as it will decrease the absorbency.

Flour Sack Dish Towels Are 100% Soft, White Cotton - Super Absorbent 30 Inch x 30 Inch Set of 3

The Flour Sack Dish Towels Are 100% Soft, White Cotton - Super Absorbent 30 Inch x 30 Inch Set of 3 is another blank tea towel, also very suitable for embroidery. The weave is tight and the fabric is very absorbent. These tea towels are LARGE, measuring 30 by 30 inches, which means you won’t run out of dish towel real-estate anytime soon, further more, as can be seen by the dimensions, these towels are rectangular.

These soft white cotton dish towels are actually flour sack dish towels. They’re super tough and because of their weight these flour sack dish towels are great for embroidery, both using a machine as well as for hand embroidery. They also work well for hot iron transfer patterns.

They’re not as soft as some of the other dish towels on the market, however they soften up a lot after a few washes as well as become even more absorbent (remember not to use fabric softener as it decreases absorbency).

In summary

When it comes to finding the best tea towels for embroidery, there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind. Most importantly is the quality of the dish towel fabric. It shouldn’t be too thin, as that means it will rip or unravel, even with the slightest use.
On the other hand, it shouldn’t be too thick or coarse either, as that will make it impossible to actually push the needle through.

You always want to wash and dry (and possibly iron) your new tea towels before embroidering on them. Because a lot of tea towels shrink after the first wash, you run the risk of ruining your beautiful embroidery if you forget to pre-wash.

Never use fabric softener. As I’ve mentioned many times on this page already, it’s generally a very bad idea to use fabric softener with your kitchen towels. The reason for this is, that the softener leave behind a small layer of wax, which is what makes your towels (and other fabric) appear softer. However, this also means that the dish towel fabric becomes less absorbent, which kind of defeats the whole point. If you’re worried about your tea towels not being soft enough if you don’t use fabric softener, we recommend using vinegar for the rinsing cycle, as it has much of the same effect as fabric softener, without any of the absorbency consequences.

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