Decorative bathroom towels with ribbon border

finished close up

I was shopping recently and loved the decorative bathroom towels but the price was more than I’m willing to spend.  I headed over to the craft section of  Wal Mart and found some great ribbon to use as a border and then picked out inexpensive towels and made my own.  This is so easy to do that even a novice seamstress could do it.


  • towels
  • two sizes of ribbon that contrast (The amount you need will depend on the size of your towels and how many you want to make.

pin ribbon into place

Step 1.

Pin the wide ribbon onto the border portion of the towel.

stitch along edges of ribbon

Step 2.

Stitch along upper edge of ribbon first.  This edge needs to be done slowly and carefully so it stays even as you sew.  Now stitch along the bottom edge of ribbon.

pin bottom ribbon

Step 3

Pin the bottom ribbon along the bottom edge of the wider ribbon. Overlap it slightly.

stitch along edge of ribbon

Step 4.

Stitch along edges of narrow ribbon.  I match up thread color using a color that matches the towel on the bobbin and a color that matches whichever ribbon I’m sewing on the top.  It’s a hassle but it’s worth the trouble because it gives it a finished look.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.