This month’s vintage pattern freebie is from the 1940s or 1950s and has a sweet embroidery design for every day of the week (7 in total) with each featuring a charming “bee” couple performing a certain task for the day.
Each motif has a wise piece of advice or goal such as “Thrifty”, “Tidy”, “Tasty”, etc., and are intended to be used on dish towels. You’ll also find three additional designs that are suitable for pot holders (does not include directions for making the pot holders).
The free file downloads are found at the bottom of the page but first, here are the original pattern details…
These busy little bees will make any housewife smile–one for each day of the week and amusing pot holders to match.
They’ll make a big hit as a shower gift–and in your own kitchen everyone from Junior to Grandma will “Bee glad” to help wipe the dishes!
Suggested Materials: Linen, cotton or cotton rayon and linen-mixture towelling is available by the yard or in finished towels with a variety of colorful striped edges–so pick the one you like best and have fun embroidering these amusing motifs in your choice of thread colors.
Colors: The modern housewife likes a cheerful kitchen and these busy bees will blend with any chosen color scheme. If the kitchen is in pink, use bright pink in place of the red–otherwise follow the color guide as seen on the cover below…
Directions: Click on image to access larger pattern (jpg file format), right click on it then save to your desktop. Each of the files have already been flipped so you can trace directly on top of them when transferring to fabric, you’ll find tips for transferring patterns on this page .
Tip: If you find the printed motif is too faint, try printing in black & white instead of color…this may help you get a better image.
*Note: The last file is the set of 3 potholders as well as an extra bee motif (single).