Embellished Bath Towels

Customize and liven up the look of ordinary bath towels with the addition of colorful bands of ribbon.
Sterling Towel Rack and Linens in Guest Bathroom Shower

Sterling Towel Rack and Linens in Guest Bathroom Shower

Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels for your guests. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels so you'll always have the "good" towels ready for overnight guests. These guest towels have been livened up with addition of colorful bands of ribbon the help dress up the bathroom. (And they color coordinate with the rubber duckies!) Design by Layla Palmer, the Lettered Cottage.

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Materials Needed:

  • solid-colored bath towels
  • fabric ribbon (non-wired)
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • scissors
  • washable fabric glue (available at most fabric stores)

Choose Towels

It's best to choose towels that already have a band across them, as shown in the image below. Measure the width of the band to determine what size ribbon to use.

Measure Bath Towel for Ribbon Placement

Measure Bath Towel for Ribbon Placement

It's best to choose towels that already have a band across them, as shown in the image below. Measure the width of the band to determine what size ribbon to use.

Select Ribbon

Choose a spool of ribbon that coordinates with the bathroom's color scheme.

Decorative Ribbon for Bath Towel

Decorative Ribbon for Bath Towel

Choose a spool of ribbon that coordinates with the bathroom's color scheme.

Smooth It Out

Using both hands, smooth out the towel so there aren't any ripples.

Smooth Out Bath Towel

Smooth Out Bath Towel

Using both hands, smooth out the towel so there aren't any ripples.

Add Glue

Squeeze some washable fabric glue onto the bottom side of one end of the ribbon.

Add Fabric Glue Along Edge of Ribbon

Add Fabric Glue Along Edge of Ribbon

Squeeze washable fabric glue onto the end of the ribbon.

Fold and Press

To prevent fraying, fold over about 1/2" at end of ribbon and apply pressure until the glue has dried.

Fold Over End of Ribbon

Fold Over End of Ribbon

To prevent fraying, fold over about 1/2" at end of ribbon and apply pressure until the glue has dried.

Add More Glue

Squeeze a large amount of glue onto the folded-over, bottom side of the ribbon.

Apply Adhesive to Colorful Ribbon

Apply Adhesive to Colorful Ribbon

With the ribbon in place, squeeze a large amount of glue onto the underside of the folded-over edge.

Position the Ribbon

Press the ribbon down onto the towel and apply pressure until the glue is dry.

Position Ribbon on Bath Towel

Position Ribbon on Bath Towel

Firmly press the ribbon onto the towel and apply pressure until the fabric glue is dry.

Cut the Ribbon

Roll out enough ribbon to cover the towel band from one side of the towel to the other. Cut the ribbon approximately 1/2" longer than the width of the towel.

Cutting Ribbon for Embellished Bath Towels

Cutting Ribbon for Embellished Bath Towels

Roll out enough ribbon to cover the towel band from one side to the other. Cut the ribbon approximately 1/2" longer than the width of the towel.

Add More Glue

Flip the ribbon over and squeeze a heavy amount of fabric glue onto the entire bottom side of it and press it into place across the towel band.

Apply Fabric Glue to Length of Colorful Ribbon

Apply Fabric Glue to Length of Colorful Ribbon

Flip the ribbon over and squeeze a heavy amount of fabric glue onto the length of the ribbon. Firmly press the ribbon into place across the towel band.

Fold the End

Use more fabric glue to prevent the opposite end of the ribbon from fraying.

Fabric Glue Added to Colorful Ribbon

Fabric Glue Added to Colorful Ribbon

Use more fabric glue to prevent the opposite end of the ribbon from fraying.

Fold and Press

Fold the additional 1/2" of ribbon under and press it into place.

Folded Ribbon Placed Onto Bath Towel

Folded Ribbon Placed Onto Bath Towel

Fold the additional 1/2" of ribbon under and press it into place.

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