I had this really cute applique design from Applique Planet, (which primarily sells applique designs geared towards children) and after making a t-shirt for Rylan with this same design I decided I needed one for my kitchen. Their appliques are really detailed and stitch out perfectly. I especially love the heavy top stitching on top of the satin stitch.
Due to the extra applique fabric, embroidery thread and stabilizers, the embroidered side of the towel is heavier than the other, which can cause it to slip off of towel racks, which is extremely annoying in the kitchen. To prevent this, I now add weight to the other side of the towel by adding a little extra fabric or interfacing to the band at the lower edge. It's tucked into the wrong side of the band so it doesn't show but it serves to balance out the weight.
These pictures were taken after I'd used the towel and washed and dried it. I didn't use fusible webbing on the applique fabric and even though I prewashed all fabrics, you can see that it still puckered a little after laundering.