Cute, Retro and Authentic Embroidery Designs

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If you are lucky, you may have been handed down a beautiful set of “days of the week” tea towels made by your grandmother. But if not, and you want to make your own, here’s a great way to do this…

There’s a pattern company called Aunt Martha’s who started making embroidery patterns 70 years ago. And nowadays they sell newly made reproductions of these old patterns. They can be purchased from many different craft supply stores but here’s a link to where you can buy it from the actual company who makes them: http://www.colonialpatterns.com/

Here are some examples of their designs:

Colonial Patterns also sells blank tea towels and other supplies.

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14 Comments

  1. K says:

    Thanks for the post! You totally inspired me to go to Jo-Ann’s yesterday and buy two patterns: a peacock and some unicorns! :) What’s the pattern name of these cute birdies? I can’t find it. Thanks for your blog– I always enjoy reading it!

  2. K says:

    Oops, I found it: 3747 Birds of a Feather. :)

  3. melania says:

    I’ve found tons of free embroidery patterns from the fifties on internet and saved on my computer. You can print them out and trace the design with the transfert pen or pencil. Then you can transfer the pattern on your fabric with an hot iron.

  4. jennybean says:

    uh-oh. i see ducks in bonnets … but who can resist a dancing iron?

  5. Kathryn says:

    You can get these at wal mart too. At least I have seen them here :)

  6. betsy says:

    yay!!!!!! they used to carry these patterns at a local craft store, but i can’t find them anywhere anymore. lately i’ve been really sad about it, and now you have discovered that there is a place to order them !!

    yay leah!

  7. donutgirl says:

    Oh no! I can’t ever resist buying these when I see cute designs at Wal-mart. Now a whole website to buy from! I bought 6 patterns.

  8. Also needelcrafter.com has a library of vintage patterns to print and use!

  9. meghan says:

    i got some of these babies from joann fabrics! they have poodles for each day of the week! i’m goingt o takle thursday’s poodle (which is a knitting poodle!) and embroider it on a teeshirt! :)

  10. K says:

    Thanks for the tip, Deborah the Craft! Awesome website! Found lots of cute birdies and stuff. :)

  11. fairrx says:

    Varey Nice

  12. Dog Training says:

    I embroider motives on to dog coats. These will come in handy. Thanks.

  13. lynda gauthier says:

    I would like to know if anyone has information as to where I can get table clths , scarfs ,pillow cases to embrodrey by hand I can’t find a store that handles the stuff is there a magazine some where please e-mail me……………

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