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Vintage Household Chores Set: {Embroidery}

It’s been slim pickings around Tipnut the past few months for new uploads of vintage embroidery patterns, but have I got a treat for you! This lovely Days of the Week set is a favorite from my collection and I’ve saved it till now to finish off the year.

Vintage Household Chores Kitchen Towel Set

I believe this is from the 1940s and is something quite unique that I haven’t seen a lot of. Each day is represented by the Letter of that day, which is pretty common, but then lots of kitschy designs are loaded inside each letter to symbolize the chores typically done on that weekday. Each pattern has a lot going on so they won’t be worked in a day, but they’re so charmingly detailed!

Here are the details (check out the list of items in the color suggestions to get an idea of what the patterns have in store for you), don’t miss the free downloads at the bottom.

Household Chores Kitchen Towels:

This pattern contains motifs for decorating kitchen towels. Use linen or some other toweling. They are to be done in a variety of colors using six-strand cotton for embroidery.

Color Suggestions


Directions: Click on image to access larger pattern (jpg file format), right click and 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 here [1].

Monday - Wash Day

Tuesday - Ironing Day

Wednesday - Sewing & Mending

Market Day

Friday - Cleaning

Saturday - Baking Day

Sunday - Day of Worship

Material Requirements: Regulation dish towel or, if using toweling by the yard, one yard for each towel. Embroidery thread.

Placing Motifs: One motif centered on one end about two inches above hemline.

Embroidery: Follow color suggestions and work dots in French knots or fine satin stitch; single lines in single stitch; continuous lines in outline stitch; loops in lazy daisy stitch; broken lines in running stitch; and crosses in cross stitch.