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6 Vintage Sunbonnet Girl Embroidery Motifs

Posted By Tipnut On September 5, 2012 @ 11:30 am In Embroidery | 6 Comments

Here’s a charming set from my vintage pattern collection that features a sweet sunbonnet girl performing daily tasks around the home. This particular set is from the 1940s and features six different activities that are suitable for use on flour sack tea towels or other kitchen linens.

CoverHere are the details from the original envelope, you’ll find the individual files to download at the bottom of the page…

There are six motifs to be used on towels and kitchen linens. They are done in the simplest of stitches.

Materials Needed: (Use 36 inch material unless directed otherwise)

  • Use dish doweling for towels; linen, muslin, percale, flour sacking, gingham or a similar material for other articles.
  • Use six strand or perle cotton for embroidery.
  • Towel: 1 yard
  • Breakfast Set: (One scarf 12 x 36 inches, and four mats 12 x 18 inches) 1 yard
  • Cloth: (36″) 1 yard

Placement: Center one design about two inches above edge of a towel. Use one on each end of scarf and one in center or on one end of each mat. Use one in each corner of a cloth.

To Work Pattern: Work in the colors suggested under Color Schemes and embroider as follows:

  • Continuous lines: outline stitch
  • Dots: French knots or fine satin stitch
  • Single lines: single stitch
  • Loops: lazy daisy stitch
  • Broken Lines: running stitch
  • Crosses: cross stitch
  • Eyes, Noses and Small Solid Sections: satin stitch

Color Schemes: Work in a variety of colors as follows:

  • Skin: tan, flesh or black
  • Eyes: brown or blue
  • Mouths: red
  • Hair: black, brown, yellow or rust
  • Clothing: various bright or pastel colors
  • Shoes: black
  • Rugs: green, red, blue, brown or grey
  • Fireplace: tan or light brown
  • Bricks & Flower Pots: brick red
  • Broom, Teakettle, Mop Handles: red or blue
  • Broom: straw color
  • Mop and Teakettle: grey
  • Bird Cage and Light Fixtures: gold
  • Flowers: bright colors
  • Cake: golden brown with pink frosting
  • Dog: black and brown or tan
  • Finish motifs in black


Directions: Click on image to access larger size (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 here [1].

Decorating [2]


Serving Tea [3]

Serving Tea

Serving Cake [4]

Serving Cake

Mopping Floor [5]

Mopping Floor

Sweeping [6]


Dusting [7]


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