Prior to purchasing our house, we put all of our "extra" expenses on hold. Buying a house is full of unforeseen costs and we wanted to be prepared should we feel nickeled and dimed to death. But that time has passed and each month I have been slowly replacing or updating items that we use everyday. Last month was bento boxes and the month before everyone got new sheets! (West Elm sheets are heavenly!) This month was towels. Because we have four children, I heavily considered the idea of purchasing different colored towels for each one. The idea seems to hold merit and I know a lot of people who use this technique to keep the towel situation stable. But I ultimately decided to go with all white because I really DON'T LIKE COLORED TOWELS. Isn't that a weird quirk? I guess it boils down to two things, laundry and aesthetic. I like doing large loads of towels, but hate having to separate them and white goes with so many things. I never even have to think about it. Shallow, perhaps, but I just like the look of white. And since all my current towels are a hodgepodge mess of chaos, gross and old, all white sounds lovely. (Who has just one orange towel?)
I looked at a couple of online options, but decided I really wanted to feel the towels. Costco had a great price/quality combo and since these towels are for the kiddos, I wasn't ready to invest in $25 dollars per towel. I bought two packs so that I could give each kid two towels, and then have four left over. The left over towels will be guest towels unless I decide that the kids really needed three a piece.
I then raided my ribbon. This project is a great way to get rid of all the bits and pieces. I used two ribbons from my vintage stash. There are a lot of really cool notions out there. So check out Etsy if you are looking for something eclectic.
I first tried using 7 inch pieces, but that proved too long, so I took off an inch and that worked perfect. I then cut all the rest of the ribbons to 6 inches long. Since I am making two towels per kid that made for a total of eight ribbons cut at six inch lengths.
I then sewed each ribbon, right sides (or pretty sides) together, with an approximate 1/2 inch seam allowance. It is important to stitch them right sides together, so that when you stitch the tag onto the towel, you cover and reinforce the "raw" ends. This helps to mitigate any fraying from the ribbon end, which will occur when you wash the towels.
I then turned them pretty sides out and trimmed any excess thread.
I pinned the ribbon to the middle of one of the long sides of the towel, not on one of the corners. If you sew the tab to the corner, the towel will hang too long and drag on the floor. So instead, just measure the middle of the longest side of the towel and pin the ribbon there. You can see how the towel had a fold indent already there!
I sewed the ribbon to the towel in two places. Once on the edge of the ribbon and once on the edge of the towel. The picture really shows what I am talking about. These two stitch lines also help to "seal" the raw ribbon edges in!
The two sets of stitches also adds strength to the ribbon as there will be much tugging. Kids can be really tough on this kind of stuff, so I heavily stitched those tags down.
It's that easy, that fast. Our kids keep their towels in the rooms because they like to shower in both bathrooms (it's totally weird, but having two options is still amazing to my kids...).
This is just one way to get a little more organized! The old towels will be downgraded to canning towels, which I store in the canning cabinet. That means they get used for all the messy stuff, like canning, animal cleaning, car cleaning and other stuff I don't want to cross contaminate with my body drying towels.
Other then driving to Costco to purchase the towels, the whole thing took only 45 minutes to complete. Which makes this project fast and easy way to add some order to your towels!