by Sandy Lawson
SUPPLIES: Hooped stabilizer, glue stick, approximately 9 sheets (NOT
separated) single-ply toilet paper (Scots works well), an embroidery
design that is low stitch count (redwork and others under 5000
stitches work well).
Step 1: Hoop stabilizer
Step 2: Fold 4 pieces of toilet paper back on itself. Now your strip
is only 5 sheets long
Step 3: Turn toilet paper OVER, so the “right side” is continuous and
Step 4: With the “right side” up, put a tiny bit of glue stick on each
corner. Just enough to tack it to stabilizer.
Step 5: Embroider design, using slow speed on your machine
Step 6: Unhoop and GENTLY trim stabilizer. Remember, this is toilet
paper, so don’t attempt to tear stabilizer away. I cut the stabilizer
just a little smaller the toilet paper.
Step 7: Gently dab a tiny amount of glue stick on the seam edge of the
WRONG side of the toilet paper
Step 8: Tuck the “raw” edge (the one NOT embroidered on) under the
design edge and press lightly
Suggestions: Use a CD case (such as the type that 100 CDs come in) for
dust free display; or cover the bottom of the toilet paper tube with
cardboard, fill with potpourri, then enclose in netting with ribbon at
Also: Embroider a similar design on organza. Cut out, leaving about an
inch all around the design. Dampen a sponge and lay on a bar of soap
for about 15 minutes to soften the soap. Place the organza design on
the soap and work organza edge in by gently patting the soap with the
sponge. Makes a really nice gift set for the bath! …and unusual as
well. People are fascinated that you can ‘sew on TP and soap’.
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