Outwitting the Toddler… A Tea Towel Project

Simple sewing project to keep your tea towels off the floor!

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I have a toddler in the house who pulls my tea towels off of the stove and onto the floor all the time.
It’s this thing he does and it drives me crazy!!
So when I saw this great idea with tea towels on Martha Stewart, I thought this is just what I have been looking for and didn’t know it!
It’s a fabulous way to keep your kitchen organized and the floors clutter free!

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Martha’s version used velcro, but I didn’t want to go out and buy any supplies, so I just used ribbon scraps I had around.  I love when a project basically costs nothing, except for the stuff already on hand!
And the best part is that I actually think these are prettier!  I love ribbon and bows!
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Here they are!
Easy, easy project if you want to keep your towel secured to a bar or stove handle….
Or if you just want to add some pretty to your kitchen!

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And they work.  Try as he might, he cannot get them off!
Oh, and they’re great for big kids and husbands too…why oh why can’t anyone hang up a tea towel?!

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Simple sewing project to keep your tea towels off the floor!
That’s it!  So pretty!

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Simple sewing project to keep your tea towels off the floor!

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  • Just sew strips of ribbon about 5-6 inches long, onto the ends of the tea towel.  You can either do 3 strips on each end or 2.  I found 2 works just fine!
  • Sew the ribbons on by hand or use your sewing machine.
  • To finish the ends of the ribbon so they don’t fray, either sew them or using a lighter, carefully melt the end of the ribbon.  (obviously be careful not to burn anything!!)
  • And as always, be careful with kids and ovens.  Keep an eye on them in case they pull on the towels too hard and open the oven door.


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Simple sewing project to keep your tea towels off the floor!

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Here are some others I made.
I had originally only made 1 towel, and that obviously wasn’t enough, so I ended up doing 7 in total.

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Simple sewing project to keep your tea towels off the floor!
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Simple sewing project to keep your tea towels off the floor!
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Simple sewing project to keep your tea towels off the floor!

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Sew easy!
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  • Reply Vena February 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Very beautifull towels! Thank you so much for a best idea!

  • Reply Amelia@SavoryandSweet February 9, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    This is so pretty and such a great idea. My boys were always pulling my towels off as toddlers too and it drove me crazy!! 🙂

  • Reply Julie February 10, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    smart idea!! i feel your pain too! 🙂

  • Reply Barb February 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    These are so cute, Jo!

  • Reply Dori Luke Designs February 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Great idea!! I don’t sew, but I am going to con[vince] a friend to help me out. My towel culprit isnt a toddler but every teenager that grabs it and doesnt put it back. They wont stop long enough to untie so that’ll work for me!
    ~Heather @ dorilukedesigns.com

  • Reply Karli February 11, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Eeek! Beautiful fabrics! Colorful bows! *swoon*

    I don’t have a creative bone in my body, but I ADORE crafts like these! And would you believe….yes indeed, the Tiny Tornado pulls my towels off all the time! What a cute project; thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Marie {Make and Takes} February 11, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    What a great idea! We have the same trouble with our little one. I’m going to have to get to this project soon!

  • Reply deb duty February 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    You have a great collection of towels and this is a great idea!

  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs February 11, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Gotta love Target! All the pretty spring ones are from there!

  • Reply Mel February 12, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Great idea, I’m glad you shared it.

    I don’t have any little one’s to pull them down anymore, but somehow they still end up on the floor.

  • Reply Amber February 12, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    I love me some cute dish towels and that is a cool trick that I’m going to have to try!

  • Reply Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty February 12, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    BRILLIANT! I love your towels, too! I will definitely be on the look out for some beautiful tea towel so I can copy this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants February 12, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    That will outwit my lab too,she loves to pull them off of the stove! Thanks!

  • Reply sweet & lovely crafts February 12, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    What a great idea. I have a busy toddler, and a soon to be busy baby! Guess that I should get sewing 🙂

  • Reply Julia February 12, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Great Idea!

  • Reply Abby February 12, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    Genius idea! So simple but such a life saver!

  • Reply Katie February 12, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    I love these! I just made something similar, but I used buttons so my 3 year old wouldn’t pull them down! I think I might add ribbon ties to all of the rest of our towels! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply youwannawhat February 12, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    what a great idea! I have a 17 month old that climbs on the dining room table…have any tips?..lol

  • Reply Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun February 13, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    i love these towels! so ingenius! The colors are so awesome and bright and beautiful!

  • Reply JessieMomma February 13, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    These are beautiful! I’m your newest follower. I’m visiting from UTT@D Sunday Showcase.

  • Reply Amanda February 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    What a fantastic idea, I shall be doing this to my tea towels this weekend! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Jenniffier February 13, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Thats a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Megan February 13, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    what a great idea. Will it work for naughty puppies too? I am sick of keeping my towels on the counter!


  • Reply Ten Cow February 14, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    I love that idea! My little girls are constantly pulling the hand towels down and driving me crazy. I’m going to have to do this. I love how bright and cheery your towels are too. 🙂

  • Reply Brooke Douglass February 15, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Great ideas, love the towels! I am your newest follower and hope that you will come be a follower at my blog!!! brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  • Reply Val February 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Truly brilliant!

  • Reply Katie @ OhhBaby February 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    What an awesome idea! I don’t have a toddler but it drives me batty that they always fall off if I bump them! Thank you for sharing it!

  • Reply Valerie February 15, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Yep! You have made my day! I was just thinking about how I was going to somehow attach my towels to the stove a few weeks ago. My little Olivia is a towel-snatching turkey!!! Thanks for the tip! This project gets bumped up to the top of the list!

  • Reply Rebecca@This Present Life February 16, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing! I’m totally going to have to go do this to my towels!

    Visiting from Today’s Creative Blog!

  • Reply Heather@The Black's Best February 16, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    What a great idea! I have a toddler who would do the exact same thing. I’ve had to hang my towels on a hook next to the sink, but this is so cute I might have to give it a try!

  • Reply Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale February 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    so (sew) cute and clever…i love it!! i can see my daughter yanking down my tea towels very soon… 😉

  • Reply Denise February 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Fabulous idea and so cute! I have to do this over the weekend!

    Extreme Personal Measures

  • Reply Its Sew For You February 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    I love the simplicity of the towel, yet such great purpose! I need to do this to my towels 🙂

    I posted about it on my blog!

  • Reply Terri February 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Great idea! I may have to make these soon 🙂 Thank you for posting!!

  • Reply Alaina February 23, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Love this!!!

  • Reply Mrs. Taylor March 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    GENIUS!! Seriously! Nothing shy of GENIUS!! I have a toddler as well who absolutely INSISTS that my kitchen towel remain on the floor and will pull it off the stove handle whenever opportunity strikes! This idea alone will probably keep at least one future gray hair at bay!

  • Reply Quilted Cupcake April 21, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    FABulous idea!

  • Reply Ann "The Scrapbooking Housewife" October 22, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    This is just brilliant!! I *need* to do this! And the towels are so very pretty, wish I could find something like that here. 🙂 Many thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Jessica October 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Thats such a good idea! My one year old pulls mine off into the floor CONSTANTLY and it drives me crazy! I know what Ill be doing now this weekend!

  • Reply Jamie October 25, 2011 at 2:54 AM

    I saw this idea a while back and have been meaning to do it to our tea towels. They look great. I would love for you to stop by and link up to More the Merrier Monday. It is open through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to link up. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

  • Reply iheartorganizing November 15, 2011 at 4:39 AM

    So adorable and so smart!

    Love it!


  • Reply Anonymous September 24, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    nice but i would be afraid the kid would pull on it so hard and open the oven door when it is on and get BURNT

  • Reply Megan June 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!!!! I am TOTALLY stealing this idea!! With a toddler and a baby who loves to pull up on everything, I have given up and just left the towels on the floor most of the time, but now I will win the war!!

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