Cozy Homemade Bread Bag Towel

January 5, 2021By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Projects 30 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Few things make a home feel as cozy as the aroma of homemade bread coming from the kitchen.  With the popularity of breadmaking machines and the huge demand for bread flour and yeast, it seems that there is a lot of baking happening!  We may be prevented from sharing a meal with our neighbors and friends, but we can spread that cozy feeling by dropping off a warm loaf of homemade bread to them (of course while wearing a mask and maintaining social distance). My 16 year-old granddaughter has done this regularly since she got her bread machine this spring.  Because presentation is an important part of any gift, put your Brother embroidery machine to work and whip up this easy bread bag to deliver your delicious hot loaf. This is a gift that can stand the test of time! Let your friends know they can instantly turn the bag into a dish towel to remind them of your friendship (and the delicious loaf).  Bread machines and Brother embroidery machines make a great team any time, but especially in trying times like these.  Let’s get started.


  • Tan ready made dish towel or make your own finished at 17.5 x 27”
  • Design—Embroidery Library “Farmers Market Homemade Bread” m18711” *
    • Select size 4.82 x 6.85, delete 25¢/loaf, thus reducing the size to 4.82 x 5.76
  • Notions: brown embroidery thread, water soluble thread for needle when sewing, sewing thread for bobbin, Brother water soluble stabilizer , 27” 3/8” ribbon for tie, 4 brass safety pins large enough to carry ribbon
  • Brother embroidery machine w 5×7 frame
  • Loaf of homemade bread
  • Water soluble marking pen

*This is a product from Embroidery Library and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products.


1. Prewash, press and starch towel

2. Mark center for embroidery 8.25” from side, 10” from bottom.

3. Hoop Brother lightweight water soluble stabilizer and towel in 5×7 frame. Embroider with brown thread.

4. Remove as much stabilizer as possible.  Soak to remove that which remains.  Air dry then starch and press.

fabric on table


5. Place towel on loaf with embroidery wrong side up and wrap towel around, centering embroidery on top of loaf.

6. Leave 5” beyond bottom towel hem and remaining towel length. Mark that 5” line.

measure 5 inches


7. Remove bread.  Pin edges together.

NOTE:  All stitching except embroidery is done with water soluble thread in needle.

8. Straight stitch along that line, right sides together.

bottom seam


9. Stitch both hemmed side edges together to hold in place.  Then seam again with seam allowance determined by the size of your loaf.  Mine required a 2” seam.  NOTE:  If available, the laser is helpful here.

side seam


10. Stitch a short diagonal seam across each corner.  Do not trim away the bulk.  Leave the towel intact.

11. Insert brass safety pins from inside at center back, center front and each side, 3” from the top, creating a ribbon carrier.  Turn bag right side out.

12. Insert ribbon carriers through safety pin.

safety pins in fabric


13. Insert bread into bag along with dish towel poem instructions.

finished bag


Bread Dish Towel Instructions:

Remove this tasty bread and cut a slice or two,

It was made with neighborly love just for you.

Slather it with butter and enjoy the homemade treat.

Or spread some jam, the taste just can’t be beat.


bag with bread

To make it into a dish towel, here’s just what you do.

Remove the ribbon and all safety pins too.

Then wet the seams with a cloth or spray.
You’ll see all the stitches melt away!

Press the towel-here’s a keepsake for every day.


Now don’t you feel cozy at home?




  • This is clever. It speaks to the idea that gifts should be light and not a burden. It is a trying time, and anything light and thoughtful would go a long way.

  • What a delightful gift bag! I must add this to my “Want to make Projects! Thanks, Janice for sharing your creative talents.

    • Sandra, this is a relatively quick and easy gift bag. The washaway thread making it into a dishtowel just delights and amazes so many people. I know you will enjoy stitching and giving these bags. Thanks for your kind comment.

  • What a perfect gift for all our friends who are staying at home during Covid. On my short “to do” list. Thank you and Happy New Year!

    • Linda, it is a perfect little gift to remind those staying at home that they are lovingly remembered. And who doesn’t love a loaf of homemade bread? Happy baking, happy sewing and happy new year. Thanks for your sweet comment.

  • I love this idea. I recently purchased my first bread machine and I think during the shortages of the pandemic, many others purchased one also. I am going to try out your tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

    • Susan, bread machines were as scarce as hens’ teeth just after the start of the pandemic. Flour, bread flour and yeast were equally hard to find. So I know a lot of bread was being made for those lucky enough to lay hands on a machine or those patient enough to make bread the old fashioned way. Now that you have a machine, you can make up loaves for family and friends and present them so nicely with a charming bag. Happy sewing, happy baking, and happy new year.

    • Joyce, I’ve always thought a dishtowel was a nice gift–one size fits all and the recipient need not feel beholden. Then the bread is just an always welcome treat. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  • What a great gift idea! It’s really a double gift with the fun element of surprise added in. I would guess those who don’t sew would be surprised by their bread bag’s ability to become a towel with the addition of water! Thank you, Janice, for the clear directions and photos.

  • Donna, I love the surprise of the bag becoming a dishtowel because of the washaway thread. It adds an element of wonder, as if homemade bread isn’t wonderful enough in this Wonderbread world! Thanks for your kind words about the instructions and for taking the time to make your comment.

  • Tea towel a good idea but would you really put a WARM bread loaf in it – it would steam & go soggy. Let the bread cool first.

    • Margaret, you make a good point. Though I call the recipient and deliver the hot bread to neighbors within 10 minutes, so I’m sure they remove it from the bag then. Perhaps I should suggest that, though. Thanks for the thoughtful suggestion and comment.

  • My daughter has a Brother NS1750D . I think she could still do the same type of project with a slightly smaller version of the design to fit her 4 inch hoop. She also likes to bake a lot of bread!

  • Hello, SK Sister, also enthusiastic Brother sister!!!! So good to hear from you and to hear that your daughter has joined the Brother family. You or she could edit the design by changing Bread to a smaller font and moving it closer to the loaf. Also, try reducing the size of remainder of the design and stitching it with 50 wt. DMC thread on a practice piece. I bet you could get this to fit in a 4×4 frame. Good luck with that and thanks for your comment.

  • Janice, what a wonderful gift idea! You constantly amaze me with your wonderful projects. I love all the projects you design.

  • Thank you, Betty, for your generous comment. The technical innovations that our Brother sewing/embroidery machines offer make creative projects limitless! Now if we just had more time…..

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