Embroidered gifts for dad start with choosing the right fabric.
Whether it is a barbeque apron, hammock pillow, or a zippered bag, it is all about the fabric. Dads typically require more of a heavy-duty fabric for items that they will use on a regular basis. Here are some dad-approved fabric choices that are embroidery friendly.
For pillows that will be used outdoors, a solar-type of fabric is best. Besides being U/V fade resistant, durable, and water resistant, outdoor fabric is stain resistant and easy to clean with soap and water.
Duck is a heavyweight woven 100% cotton utility fabric that can be used for cushions as well as accessories like duffle bags, totes, and camping gear.
Cotton canvas comes in an abundance of single colors and prints. It is very versatile as it can be machine washed for easy care.
This vinyl does not lose its color even after several washes, has antibacterial and antifungal properties, is anti-mildew, flame retardant and cold crack rated to minus 10 degrees.
This specialty fabric is made of a close-woven cotton whose top coating makes it waterproof.
Cotton denim is a rugged fabric that you can buy by the yard. If recycling old jeans, just be aware that many are a cotton/poly or cotton/spandex blend.
Give these fabrics a try for your utility gifts.