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!


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

  2. 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!! :)

  3. smart idea!! i feel your pain too! :)

  4. These are so cute, Jo!

  5. 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

  6. 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! :-)

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

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. Great Idea!

  16. Genius idea! So simple but such a life saver!

  17. 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.

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

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

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

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

  22. Thats a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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


  24. 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. :-)

  25. Truly brilliant!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

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

    Visiting from Today’s Creative Blog!

  29. 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!

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

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

    Extreme Personal Measures

  32. 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!

  33. Great idea! I may have to make these soon :-) Thank you for posting!!

  34. Love this!!!

  35. 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!

  36. FABulous idea!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. 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

  40. So adorable and so smart!

    Love it!


  41. 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

  42. 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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