My Go-To Gift


If you think you don’t have time to stitch a last minute gift, think again! Let me show you how to stitch six napkins in no time.

Mark the location of the corner monogram on each of the six napkins. I use the Napkin On-Point template from the Perfect Placement Kit – no math, no measuring. Just place the template on the napkin aligning the guides with the stitched hem and then insert a target sticker into the hole with the arrow pointing towards the body of the napkin. Repeat for all six napkins – you’ll finish this task in under two minutes. Naps2-1

Select the largest hoop available and hoop tear-away stabilizer. Since I was limited to a 5” x 7” hoop for this project, I selected a small design so I could fit three napkins in one hooping. Use one of three options for holding the napkin on the stabilizer: spray the hooped stabilizer with temporary adhesive, hoop adhesive tear-away stabilizer or use painter’s tape.

To get the most of a 5” x 7” sewing field for this technique, consider placing the first design (napkin) at the far left back of the hoop, the second design in the middle on the right and the third design at the bottom of the hoop on the left. You could audition the positions in software or on the editing screen of your machine. Here’s an example. Naps7-1

Position the first napkin at the back of the hoop. Center the needle over the target sticker, remove the sticker and embroider the design. If your machine has a baste feature, use it! Naps3-1

Lift the corner of the napkin back over the body of the napkin and tape it out of harm’s way. Naps4-1

Position the second napkin below the first napkin, making sure the first napkin is not caught under the second napkin. Smooth in place. Naps5-1

Position the needle over the target sticker. If your machine has a trace feature, use it to verify the needle will not stitch on the first napkin. Once you’re confident the first napkin is out of the sewing field, remove the sticker and embroider the design. Naps6-1

Lift the corner, tape it down to keep it out of the sewing field. Naps8-1

Position the third napkin and repeat the process. Naps9-1

Bam -three napkins done in no time! Now repeat for a second hooping of three more napkins and your set of six is complete.

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109 Comments on My Go-To Gift

  1. Darlene Gerber
    May 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen Towels!!

  2. Bonnijean Marley
    May 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Ready-made fleece blankets with embroidered name and design in one corner.

  3. Jacque
    May 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Beach theme!

  4. Jean
    May 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm (6 years ago)

    Towels – either kitchen towels with a “tab top” stitched under an embroidery design for hanging, or flour sack towels with a “linework” design. For baby showers I give burp cloths made from cloth diapers with an applique design and a matching flannel receiving blanket.

  5. TJ
    May 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels

  6. Melanie Leigh
    May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Towels, either kitchen or bath. Great personal gifts and one of a kind.

  7. Anne Rita Bakken
    May 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm (6 years ago)

    My go-to gift for kids is personalized towels. For girl friends, it is in-the-hoop purses.


  8. Karen Hansen
    May 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm (6 years ago)

    The Raggedy Edge Coasters from the book Machine Embroidered Quilting and Applique. I buy the linen in various colors from the remnant section at my local fabric store so it’s ready to go when needed! The appliqué pieces are small enough that I save scraps of cotton and batik from various other projects. Everyone I’ve given them to has loved them – and everyone can use coasters!

  9. Melissa Robson
    May 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels. To me, they just add a little unique touch to any kitchen.

  10. Adrian Deanhardt
    May 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I do more gifts for babies and children. Imake a lot of hooded towels and personalize them.

    • Ellen Dowdy
      May 29, 2014 at 7:33 am (6 years ago)

      I, too, make lots of hooded baby towels w/matching washcloths.
      I’ve always made them from cotton terry velour, but am having a
      lot of difficulty finding this fabric these days. What do you make yours from
      and where do you purchase it? Thank you.

  11. Cathy
    May 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I always have kitchen towels and napkins washed and ready to stitch. I keep a variety of colors so ready for any color and/or theme. For kids I keep bath/beach towels washed and ready.

  12. Janette Walker
    May 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm (6 years ago)

    For kids a fun pillow case with their name on it. For adults a zipper pouch about 5×7 personalized.

  13. Diane W
    May 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towel.

  14. Jacque
    May 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen Towels and Monogrammed Bath Towels

  15. Yvonne Carrington-Buss
    May 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm (6 years ago)

    By the sea, by the sea it’s such a great place to be!

  16. Karin Callander
    May 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Nice big fluffy bath towel, hand towel & washcloth sets – always in style, and so easy to personalize to the recipient!

  17. Belinda Germain
    May 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I have three! A checkbook cover, kitchen towels and sunglass case. Quick, easy, and people love something personalized!

  18. Debbie
    May 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels… Fleece blankets …or pot holders all of these things are quick and easy to embroider

  19. linda staiger
    May 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm (6 years ago)


  20. Donna
    May 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the in the hoop wallets for gifts. Just a few pieces to cut and everything done in the hoop.

  21. Katrice Faulkner
    May 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels!

  22. Becky
    May 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Embroidered Burp cloths for baby gifts.

  23. Kathy Stoessner
    May 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm (6 years ago)

    napkins featuring the persons initial. Love how quickly they work up.

  24. Maryhelen Bronson
    May 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm (6 years ago)

    In the summer, I keep Target or Marshall beach towels
    on hand. It is quick and easy to monogram them for a
    last minute gift! The rest of the year, I keep kitchen towels, hot pads
    and fleece blankets on hand! Also quick and easy gifts.

  25. Frances Powell
    May 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels are always appreciated by the friends I give them to.

  26. beth daniels
    May 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I monogram bath towels or hand towels. Everyone always appreciates monogramed towels.

  27. Susan Novak
    May 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm (6 years ago)

    My go-to gift is also kitchen towels. Either the dish drying kind or I also make a towel topper that I attach to half a hand drying towel with ties to hang on a drawer handle or oven handle.

  28. Sandy Lyons
    May 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm (6 years ago)

    My go-to gift is aprons or kitchen towels. I keep a few extra on hand “just in case”.

  29. Diane Schnurr
    May 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm (6 years ago)

    A monogrammed tea towel used to wrap up a great bottle of wine. Everyone would love to receive this!

  30. Beth R
    May 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm (6 years ago)

    A FSL suncatcher or doily.

  31. Lilia O.
    May 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm (6 years ago)

    Definitely kitchen towels!

  32. Diane W
    May 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels, beach towels, burp cloths, baby blsnkets

  33. Cathy
    May 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to do a quick beach towel. I buy them in bright pretty colors when I find them on sale so I always have a supply!

  34. Phyllis Pope
    May 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to embroider kitchen towels if it is for an adult because who can’t always use more kitchen towels? If for babies I like to make burp cloths because there are so many ways to decorate them so there are no two that are alike.

  35. Pam
    May 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm (6 years ago)

    Hand towels

  36. Jacqueline Curtis
    May 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to make the matching dishtowels and potholders. I have a lot made already and I am getting many more ready. They go fast and look great.

  37. Brenda Howard
    May 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm (6 years ago)

    My go to gift is tea towels to match the recipient colors or decor.

  38. Shirley Clark
    May 28, 2014 at 9:47 pm (6 years ago)

    My go-to gift is usually kitchen towels. I try to keep some on hand. I usually do a simple design and add some ribbon to dress them up. I love napkins, but it’s been a while since I’ve done any, but I have done more than one at a time.

  39. Mary S
    May 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t have one. Each time I would like to take something when visiting, either at an assisted living or via mail, my mind is usually blank. (No pun intended on the blank napkins)Thanks for the great idea.

  40. Shirl R
    May 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen Towels in varying themes and styles to suit the recipient, then napkins – they are so much fun to do!

  41. Anne
    May 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Go to gift is personalized towels, grad gifts with the college name on it is a real hit!

  42. Sheila Wagner
    May 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm (6 years ago)

    My go to gift is an embroidered scrubbie made out of a washcloth
    These are so cute and good for anytime of the year or holiday.

  43. Mary Haggenmaker
    May 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm (6 years ago)

    I do a lot of kitchen towels usually with designs that puts a smile on the recipients face.

  44. deb bremer
    May 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm (6 years ago)

    Towels and Towel Holders the sky is the limit with them!

  45. Sandy
    May 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm (6 years ago)

    With 14 grandchildren, my go to gifts are personalized beach towels. They all have there favorite themes, so it’s easy to make a gift unique to them.

  46. Nathalie Culotta
    May 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I keep a stash of matching tee shirts and shorts. Can be purchased for under $8.00. With all the school birthday parties, kids love to get a set monogrammed with either initials, summer fun things, (like thongs sandals) or one of the current kids favorite characters. Works for boys and girls.

  47. Jean
    May 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I do guest towels. I always keep some linen on hand to do a quick to go. A simple guest embroidery or monogram. I do have a selection of flowers that work really nicely .

  48. Dee Dee
    May 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Aprons with embroidered pockets.

  49. Barb
    May 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm (6 years ago)

    My go to gift is bath towels with children’s names or monograms for adults. My new go to gift for the grandkids are in-the-hoop little shaped zippered purses. The favorite of the girls are flip flops.

  50. Lori E
    May 28, 2014 at 11:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Lately they’ve been one of the wraps in Joanne Banko’s Wrapped In Embroidery collection.

    • Joanne Banko
      May 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Lori, So glad to hear you are embroidering something from the book! I think wraps, scarves, and shawls make great useful gifts any time of the year.

      My favorite summer dress is a sleeveless black sheath. To perk things up for summer I am embellishing a black pashmina with a color block theme using designs and techniques from the book. Each block is a different bright color, giving this basic black outfit a pop of color for summer. Admittedly this is a gift for me :-). However, I am working on a few pashminas for friends too. I am using a tone on tone scheme for each of those so it will go with a lot of items in their wardrobe. The great thing about a pashmina is it works as a shawl for summer and a scarf for cooler months. Such a classic style too!

  51. Barbara McKenzie
    May 29, 2014 at 12:13 am (6 years ago)

    Towel sets, placemats, coasters…

  52. Joaniez
    May 29, 2014 at 12:29 am (6 years ago)

    My go to gift is kitchen towels, napkins, or burp cloths.

  53. Ellen Perry
    May 29, 2014 at 1:04 am (6 years ago)

    Always tea towels or bath towels
    My new graduation gift for girls is monogram cosmetic bags

  54. Robin
    May 29, 2014 at 1:18 am (6 years ago)

    I keep a variety of stuff on hand. Shirts , tote bags, bath towels , kitchen towels, napkins cloth diapers for burp cloths, bibs, warm tater batting for potato bags, rice for hot packs, Fsl angels, all depends on how much I like the person. Lol

  55. Maga
    May 29, 2014 at 2:44 am (6 years ago)

    Tea towels are my go to gift. If the receiver don’t like my choice they can at least use them to clean windows or in the car and they will wear out so not wasted.
    My biggest problem is to remember who I have given what, when! Scarves, aprons, table mats and tray clothes are other gifts I make from time to time but I don’t have a stash of ready-made stuff because I like to try to make the gift as personal as possible. I ought to keep a diary of the gifts I have given so I don’t turn up with the same gift twice within a year. Only tea towels in fairly neutral colours will be made when my machine is otherwise idle (doesn’t often happen!) and stashed.

  56. Tricia Casey
    May 29, 2014 at 6:17 am (6 years ago)

    My go to gift is an apron that I personalize.

  57. Kristal
    May 29, 2014 at 6:29 am (6 years ago)

    Tote bags. These make great gifts for all the kids’ birthday parties.

  58. Marilyn
    May 29, 2014 at 6:35 am (6 years ago)

    I have one more to go on a batch of personalized towels for a group of high school graduates.

  59. Betsy
    May 29, 2014 at 6:52 am (6 years ago)

    Tote bags, purses and cosmetic bags

  60. Orvalee Roe
    May 29, 2014 at 7:03 am (6 years ago)

    I make mug rugs. Add a cute mug and a few teabags and you have a perfect gift.

  61. Donna G.
    May 29, 2014 at 7:04 am (6 years ago)

    Kitchen and bath towels are the go-to gift I use most often but I like the idea of personalized napkins!

  62. Odette
    May 29, 2014 at 7:08 am (6 years ago)

    Potholders and bookmarks, most of the time with holiday themes … Loved reading all the ideas here!

  63. melinda
    May 29, 2014 at 7:12 am (6 years ago)

    towels, pillowcase dresses for little girls (embroidered near the hem)

  64. Ellen N
    May 29, 2014 at 7:21 am (6 years ago)

    I love to make bibs or t-shirts for the birthday child, depending on the age I
    choose a coordinating design for the theme of the party and personalize it
    with name and number of years old celebrating. Always a hit!

  65. Ann Wright
    May 29, 2014 at 8:12 am (6 years ago)

    Tea Towels with seasons designs embroidery on them, monogrammed quickly,

  66. Paule-Marie
    May 29, 2014 at 8:27 am (6 years ago)

    It depends on what I need it for. quick tablerunners if I stay at my friends house or potholders are always good. (I made something like 40 for a family reunion.)

  67. Joan M
    May 29, 2014 at 8:38 am (6 years ago)

    Pillow cases with either monogram or a beautiful border design. For kids..young and old.. I love to do T shirts with a humorous saying around the design.

  68. Valerie Brown
    May 29, 2014 at 8:39 am (6 years ago)

    I definitely stitch up some kitchen towels, but I love the napkin design. I’m always ready to save stabilizer and get as many “stitchings” on one hooping as possible.

  69. Diane
    May 29, 2014 at 8:40 am (6 years ago)

    I lovemaking special aprons. There are so Many theme related fabrics out there! Cupcakes animals etc. Then a pot holder or 2 and maybe a bar mop towel and it’s good to go!

  70. Bonnie Gray
    May 29, 2014 at 8:56 am (6 years ago)

    Depends on to whom I am giving the gift. New babies – birth record fleece blanket, wedding – set of napkins using motiv used on couple’s wedding invitation with 2 place settings of their dishes, kitchen towels as hostess gifts.

  71. Diane Miller
    May 29, 2014 at 9:05 am (6 years ago)

    Baby Burp Cloths!

  72. LindaW
    May 29, 2014 at 9:06 am (6 years ago)

    Monogrammed napkins or towels.

  73. Clarice
    May 29, 2014 at 9:11 am (6 years ago)

    This method is going to work so well with micro fiber cleaning cloths. And eliminate waste too. I love it ! Clarice

  74. Mary Connelly
    May 29, 2014 at 9:12 am (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels/ tea towels. I put a recipe or red work on them. Have some to share at the drop of a hat.

  75. Donna Fecteau
    May 29, 2014 at 9:50 am (6 years ago)

    An apron that I’ve made with wooden spoons and recipe cards in the pocket. I like this one much better!

  76. Dale Fedor
    May 29, 2014 at 10:11 am (6 years ago)

    Aprons, towels & pillows.

  77. Linda Harrigan
    May 29, 2014 at 10:17 am (6 years ago)

    Kitchen towels. I use a split alphabet with their last name in colors to match their kitchen, or in seasonal colors for a quick Christmas gift.

  78. Betty McGovern
    May 29, 2014 at 10:38 am (6 years ago)

    My go to gifts are personalized potholders, pillow cases and embroidered kitchen towels.

  79. Valerie Gwara
    May 29, 2014 at 10:56 am (6 years ago)

    Towels, mostly kitchen.

  80. Cy
    May 29, 2014 at 11:29 am (6 years ago)

    For weddings it’s a Bath towel set with “Mr/Mrs on them instead of His/Hers. I always have a good supply of Kitchen towels on hand, as well as diapers, to make burp clothes and bib sets.

  81. Cy
    May 29, 2014 at 11:34 am (6 years ago)

    I also keep a “stash” of FSL angels made up that I can put in a card for a quick note of encouragement, and I carry a few in my car to give out if the need arises.

  82. mad14kt
    May 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Towels – Handkerchief

  83. Jennifer P
    May 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to make a small zippered coin purse with a small tab on the side, with a split ring attached with some kind of bauble. Then stick a gift card in the small purse. You can customize the fabric, bauble and the card to the recipient.

  84. Aprille Sweatt
    May 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I embroider aprons for a quick and appreciated gift for men, women, or children.

  85. Karen
    May 29, 2014 at 5:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Monogrammed towels or embroidered towel hangers and hooded towels.

  86. Nancy
    May 30, 2014 at 5:44 am (6 years ago)

    my go-to gifts have been towels, coasters and gadget bags but thanks everyone for sharing your lists. It gives me some new ideas.

  87. Christina
    May 30, 2014 at 10:57 am (6 years ago)

    Monogrammed towel sets for weddings. I have a niced embossed alphabet that turns out nice.

  88. Mitzi
    May 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to make personalized minkee baby blankets for new arrivals. Each one has an appliqued cuddly critter, topped with the child’s first name.

  89. Vicki B.
    May 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Kitchen Towels. Everybody uses them.

  90. Becky3580
    May 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I like to give pillowcases, either plain, fancy or embroidered. They are so useful and also a travel size pillowcase or a king size or body pillowcase makes a nice but really quick gift using my serger. Others that are nice are towels of all types, door or garden flags and napkins are quick and easy also.

  91. SJ
    May 31, 2014 at 10:31 am (6 years ago)

    Embroidered kitchen or hand towels. For babies fingertip towel bibs with embroidered design and their name. Fleece pillows and pillowcases embroidered with their name.

  92. Becky
    May 31, 2014 at 12:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Monogrammed bath towels for adults. Personalized burp cloths for babies.

  93. Deanna
    May 31, 2014 at 5:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Towels or denim shirts for my horsey friends

  94. Doreen
    June 2, 2014 at 8:40 am (6 years ago)

    I like to use in the hoop kitchen towels.

  95. mad14kt
    June 2, 2014 at 11:34 am (6 years ago)

    Towels and Denim 🙂

  96. Dee
    June 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Embroidered flour sack cup towels and pillowcases. Even adults ask for the personalized pillowcases–fabric to match their personality or interests, and their name!

  97. Dianne
    June 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I always keep a stash of embroidered kitchen towels on hand for hostess gifts. For the babies I keep embroidered bibs and burp clothes on hand.

  98. Debi
    June 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite is embroidered toilet paper… i always have it on hand, can personalize it easily for each person, and it doesn’t cost an arm & a leg to have ‘on hand’… I’ve used this for my best friend with a cute saying that ‘fit’ her, and for another on his 60th with his monogram & coast guard sayings. You can be sure no one else will come up with this gift!

  99. Kim H
    June 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I always give embroidered kitchen towels. They are quick and the are appreciated!

  100. Marge Geraci
    June 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm (6 years ago)

    My favorite gift to give is: embroidered Dish Towel, Hot Pad, and Cover for dish detergent Bottle all themed.

  101. Laurene Shewan
    June 3, 2014 at 6:03 am (6 years ago)

    I love monogramming “high end” pillowcases! Many folks have multiple bed pillows on their bed….so it’s nice to have an extra set of pillowcases. I use thread that compliments their bedroom color scheme and coordinates with their linens. Even non-traditionalists appreciate monogramming.

  102. Reba M.
    June 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I received a gift from a friend which was emb. potholder and place-mats and I loved them. I now make place-mats and potholders for all my friends and family. They are so useful. Reba

  103. Sharon
    June 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm (6 years ago)

    For newborns I do embroidered wipe cases with their name, for toddlers I do blankets with their name and a cute picture. For the older ones I do blankets with their name and a design that goes with something they like to do, such as cheerleading or karate.

  104. Mary Anderson
    June 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm (6 years ago)

    It was zipper bags, with their names of course, now,since I’ve made one, it may be clutch bags. I can’t seem to stay with one thing for long….the napkins look good! Maybe soon.

  105. Linda Davidson
    June 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm (6 years ago)

    My go-to gift would be monogrammed napkins IF I had an embroidery machine. I hope to buy one within the next few months.

  106. Alice Cornelson
    December 20, 2014 at 10:21 pm (5 years ago)

    I like monograms on towels. My go to, in a hurry, gift is a one letter monogram on a kitchen towel with a pretty embellishment.

  107. Wedding Gift Bags
    July 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Just like choosing a right husband, selecting a perfect wedding gown is
    a big. Everyone is expectig the traditional bride and grdoom holding hands.
    For ladies who prefer cocktails to wine, we also hold
    several cocktail glasses as well as our wine glasses gifts.

    The most common are black, white and various shades of beige.


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