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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
  • Thread


  1. Step 1

    Prewash towels, and test ribbon to be sure it is colorfast. 

  2. Step 2

    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.)

  3. Step 3

    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.

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