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stay-put towels (parent must-haves)

i wish i had known about stay-put towels two years ago.  by the time miss e was able to stand up all our kitchen and bathroom towels got very acquainted with the floor.  when it first started i had the energy to pick the towels up and rehang them, and rehang them, and rehang them…aaaaaand rehaaaaang them…less than 10 seconds after they have been rehung they would be snatched off the towel bars and re-strewn on the floor.   did she think it was a game or did she detest the sight of towels neatly hung above her eye level?  i gave up rehanging towels after a few weeks and accepted towels on the floor as a new home decor.  towels would stay on the floor until miss e was asleep (or company was coming over).

i’ve seen stay-put towels that have crocheted loop tops with a button or with complicated drawstrings.  they looked harder to make than rehanging the towels even 30x a day.  but today i saw this clever towel with a simple cut out corner slit.  it looked immediately doable.

taste and see, stay-put towel

so i went and grabbed our orange towel off our bathroom towel bar and decided it was getting transformed into a stay-put towel.  janay has a really fancy embroidery machine that can make a nice, even, right-angled slit for the towel to go through.  i had to simplify my stay-put towel a tad.  i was able to convert my towel in less than 5 minutes.

so here’s a stay-put towel “tutorial” *hack version:  (which will take me longer to write out than the time it took me to sew the slit.  i think you might get how to do it just by looking at my finished towel picture.)DSC_0069

  1. take a kitchen/hand towel, go down 2-3 inches from the top of the towel and draw a centered 4-5 inch line.
  2. on your sewing machine, sew a straight stitch across this line.  then zigzag over the straight stitch two or three times.
  3. move your needle 1/4″ down from the first line you’ve sewn.  sew another straight line (same length) parallel to the first line.  zigzag over the second straight stitch two or three times. (you’re essentially make a very long button hole)
  4. sew the ends of the two lines together by stitching a few forward and back stitched (perpendicular to the two long lines) to keep the ends from ripping apart.
  5. clip your long “button hole” open.  ta-dah!
  6. go hang up your towel and observe how it stays put even after little hands wipe and tug on it!

DSC_0070i’m considering to give these stay-put towels as one-year old presents.  (of course i will make this nicer looking version.) one-years olds don’t even know its their birthday, their mamas are the ones that need a bit of a pat on the back for a job well done for the past year…and maybe spared from a few headaches trying to rehang their towels in the coming days when the little one starts toddling all over the place.

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