Even if you're a novice sewer, you can make your own customized ribboned hand towels in 3 easy steps!
To start, I recommend choosing a ribbon--vintage or otherwise--that is about as wide as the dobby trim on your towels. Dobby trim is the decorative band on towels that appears about 2-3" from the hem of the towels.
When shopping for my hand towels at Target, I brought my vintage ribbon with me to make sure the dobby trim and ribbon were approximately the same width. Using ribbon as the dobby trim makes for easy sewing. Let's get to it!
Step #1: After winding the bobbin and threading my sewing machine, I lined up the ribbon over the dobby trim and did not cut the ribbon. I folded approximately 1/4" of the ribbon's end under and began sewing with a straight stitch. I didn't use pins to hold the ribbon on place--I just held both the ribbon and hand towel taut as I sewed.
(all images via Meet Me in Philadelphia)
Knowing how easy the process was, I'm itching to customize more of the plain white hand towels around the house.
Wouldn't a customized set make a great housewarming present, too? The effect is huge even if the effort is minimal!