Guest Towels with Grosgrain Ribbon
Vary the ribbon color for each guest. You can also include a terry-cloth robe and slippers, tying the whole bundle together with ribbon and leaving it on the night table prior to your guests' arrival.
- White cotton facecloths
- White cotton hand towels
- White cotton bath towels
- Grosgrain ribbon
- Straight pins
Prewash towels, and test ribbon to be sure it is colorfast.
Pin ribbon to front of towel, completely covering the dobby border. Choose ribbon that is wide enough to cover the dobby; widths will vary depending on the kind of towels you are using. (Martha uses 5/8-inch-wide ribbon for the facecloth, 7/8-inch-wide ribbon for the hand towel, and 2-inch-wide ribbon for the bath towel.)
Machine-sew ribbon onto front of towel, tucking raw ends in and sewing as close to the edge of the ribbon as possible. It's a good idea to thread the needle with a color that matches your ribbon and to use white bobbin thread, so that the stitches are invisible on the underside.