Sunday, October 05, 2008

Dishwasher Hanger Sign by Serena Smith of Embroidery Treasures

Dishwasher signs are quick, fun and easy to make! In just a few minutes you can create a catchy little sign to attach to your dishwasher to enhance the look of your kitchen!

Dishwasher Hanger Signs
by Serena Smith


1/4 yard, fat quarter or scraps of fabric
batting scraps
embroidery thread
tear away stabilizer
embroidery designs
wonderunder scraps


Cut two rectangles of fabric measuring 9" x 6". Cut one rectangle of batting measuring 7 1/2" x 4 1/2". Mark vertical and horizontal lines with a water soluble marker on the two rectangles of fabric to mark the center. This is where the center of the design will be stitched.

Download the zipped lettering file and unzip the designs to your computer. Open the lettering design of your choice and combine small or mini designs with the lettering. Send the design to your machine to stitch.

Hoop two layers of stabilizer and spray the stabilizer with 505 spray adhesive. Then adhere the fabric to the hoop, aligning the lines drawn on the fabric with the hoop grid. Stitch the design. Depending on your hoop size, you may be able to stitch the "dirty dishes" and "clean dishes" signs both in one hoop. If not, hoop and stitch each design separately.

Clip any jump threads and tear off the excess stabilizer on the back. Carefully press the designs so they lay flat. Trim the fabric down to 7 1/2" long x 4 1/2" wide, keeping the embroidery in the center of the rectangle.

For the handle, cut a strip of fabric 1 1/4" wide x 9" long. Fold right sides together along the length and stitch a quarter inch seam to create a tube of fabric. Leave the two ends open. Use a tube turner to turn the fabric right side out and press flat.

Layer the batting, fabric and fabric handle in this order. Be sure that the lettering on each piece of fabric is the same direction and not upside down with each other.

fabric right side up
fabric handle
fabric right side down

Pin the fabric handle between the right sides of the two pieces of fabric as shown.

Pin and stitch the layers together leaving a 3-4" opening on the bottom of the sign. Be sure to backstitch when you start and stop stitching. Trim the corners and turn the fabric to the right side. Use a point turner as needed to create a flat 90 degree corner. Press the sign so it lays flat.

With the opening you left open on the bottom, turn under the fabric 1/4" to the inside and press. Fuse a small piece of wonderunder to the fabric to close the opening shut.

Press the sign and hang it on your dishwasher!

Click the pictures below for the lettering style you want:

Alice Lettering Font

Kid's Play Lettering Font

Lisa Lettering Font

Prestige Lettering Font

Zurich Lettering Font

Serena Smith is an avid embroidery and quilting enthusiast living in Kansas. Creating new projects and sharing them with others through local classes and online lessons is one of her greatest joys. Visit her website, Embroidery Treasures, for fun projects, helpful tips, inspiration, notions, fabrics and embroidery supplies!

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