Retro Kitchen Embroidery Set

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Here’s a vintage pattern set from the 1940s containing five different kitschy kitchen designs, each featuring a dish or utensil with a “handwritten” label describing each item. They were intended for making dishtowels and matching pot holders.

This particular set didn’t scan as neatly as the others and the lines are not as clean, but they’re still quite usable.

Here are the original details from the pattern along with the individual downloads below…

Materials Needed:

1 kitchen towel or 1 yd. toweling for each motif.
1 pot holder or 1/4 yard fabric for each motif.
6 strand embroidery cotton.


For less bulky effect, use fewer strands of 6 strand embroidery cotton. Work flowers and leaves in lazy-daisy stitch. Work French-knots at center of flowers. Work remaining lines in outline-stitches. Use cover illustration at top for 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.



Hot Pot

Hot Pot

Pots & Pans

Pots & Pans





Stitch Examples

Lazy-Daisy Stitch: Bring needle up through fabric at inner point of design. Insert needle at approximately same point it came thru. Take a stitch to outer edge of design, looping thread as illustrated. Draw thread thru and catch outer edge of loop with a tiny stitch, bringing needle up to position for next stitch.

French Knot: Work by twisting needle around thread 3 to 5 times and putting needle back at approximately same point it came thru.

Outline Stitch: Take short back stitches at slight angle with thread looped as illustrated. Continue, keeping stitch at same length and angle.

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6 Comments to “Retro Kitchen Embroidery Set”
  1. Corinnea Davis says:

    Thank you. Hope to see even more in the future!!!!

  2. Dee Shaw says:

    these are great and are some of the easyer ones to get done thanks a lot

  3. Stacy Donham says:

    I love these! I am more a paper crafter but I have just started getting into embroidery and have been looking for some vintage patterns. These are perfect, thank you so much!

  4. Lynn Hesslynn says:

    This Is Awesome! I Haven’t Seen Any Vintage Embroidery In Ages!

  5. Bernadette says:

    BEAUTIFUL… brings back memories of days gone by- Thank you so much.

  6. Joy bickle says:

    Very nice thanks

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