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

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.

Green Measuring Tape Measures Band on White Bath Towel

Measure Bath Towel for Ribbon Placement

Select Ribbon

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

Applying Yellow and White Striped Ribbon on Towel

Decorative Ribbon for Bath Towel

Smooth It Out

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

Smoothing Out White Bath Towel With Both Hands

Smooth Out Bath Towel

Add Glue

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

Applying Glue to White and Yellow Striped Ribbon

Add Fabric Glue Along Edge of Ribbon

Fold and Press

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

Folding and Pressing End of Ribbon With Glue

Fold Over End of Ribbon

Add More Glue

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

Adding More Glue to White and Yellow Striped Ribbon

Apply Adhesive to Colorful Ribbon

Position the Ribbon

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

Pressing White and Yellow Striped Ribbon Onto Towel

Position Ribbon on Bath Towel

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.

Scissors Cutting Yellow and White Striped Ribbon

Cutting Ribbon for Embellished Bath Towels

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.

Hand Adding Fabric Glue to Yellow & White Striped Ribbon

Apply Fabric Glue to Length of Colorful Ribbon

Fold the End

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

Applying Glue to White and Yellow Striped Ribbon

Fabric Glue Added to Colorful Ribbon

Fold and Press

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

White and Yellow Striped Ribbon on Bath Towel

Folded Ribbon Placed Onto Bath Towel

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