Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Toddler Proof Tea Towels

If you have a toddler, you know why these are awesome. I don't know about you, but mine likes to grab whatever he can and put it in a place it doesn't belong. Towels hanging from the oven are an easy target for the little munchkin. But these aren't for me. After picking up too many towels from the floor, I've given up and gotten used to not hanging towels from the oven anymore. I'm gifting these to people with grandchildren. They aren't always prepared for the tornado that is a 2 year old, so I'm doing my part to help out :)

I got the idea/tutorial for this from a lovely Crafty Sewing Mama. It's the second post on the second page. I seriously heart that group. Just being part of it makes me feel like I can consider myself crafty, I get lots of inspiration, and they are always so willing to help when I'm frustrated and ready to throw my machine out the window. My Singer should thank them.

This is what it looks like when you unfold the towel after sewing on your fabric strips. Then, just thread your ribbon through and voila! Easy Peasy. You can be done there, but as suggested, I sewed the ribbon to the ends of the fabric so I wouldn't lose it in the wash. Smart!

I liked them so much, I made another set for gifting. I love how they turned out, so it looks like I'll need to make another set for me :) If I had to do it again, I'd use a little extra ribbon. I used a bit too much on the red ones and can make bigger bows there. You can't see the bows as well on the yellow. I also might sew the ribbon to the middle instead of the ends so that I have more options for how much I bunch them. Everyone needs more bunching options, no?


  1. wow! i wish i was creative like you!

  2. these are adorable!! yay for blogging! :)

    Sandy a la Mode

  3. that is such a great idea!! no one ever tells you that when you have a two year old that you should prepare for a tornado :)