Do you embroider CTR towels for kids that get baptized in your church? CTR stands for 'Choose the Right.' A clean white towel embroidered with this gentle reminder makes a precious baptism gift. Plus it comes in really handy if they forgot to bring a towel to dry off with after the baptism (it happens more often than you'd think, lol).
I've been making the CTR towels for the kids in our church for a couple years now. Before I had an embroidery machine, I used a simple applique and blanket stitch CTR pattern. Since I now have 2 embroidery machines, I've been working on two different machine embroidery CTR designs, and now I'm finally ready to share them.
The first design is a basic shield design with the letters. It uses fabric applique for the shield. You can choose up to 3 thread colors: one to outline the shield, one for the letters, and one for the letter outlines. In the photo above I used two thread colors, green for the shield outline, and blue for the letters and the letter outlines.
For this towel, I only used white thread. It's an easy option that still looks really cute.
Now I must confess. While the simple applique CTR design was perfectly fine for all the other kids whom I made baptism towels for, when my youngest child was thinking about baptism I wanted to make an extra special towel. That's terrible I know. All children are special in the eyes of God. But I spent many hours anyway digitizing an extra special design for Cadie's towel.
One of the things that makes this design special is the negative space effect created by leaving the space inside the letters blank. The first step of this design is an 'invisible' fill pattern (stitched in thread that matches the towel) that pushes down the terrycloth loops so that the fluffy ones inside the letters are emphasized even more. Because of this, I didn't find it necessary to use a wash-away topping like Solvy (although you still can if you want).
You can find the Floral CTR Machine Embroidery Design in my Etsy shop. Enjoy!