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Color-Coded Towel Tags

Martha Stewart Living, August 2009

Your family and guests won't confuse their white towels if you color-code them with hanging loops. Suspended from pegs, the towels will dry quickly and stay neat.

Tools and Materials
Colorfast, cotton-twill ribbon (1-inch wide) in several colors, each cut into 8-inch strips
White towels
Needle and thread

Towel Tags How-To 
1. Fold a ribbon strip in half so the cut ends align, making a loop. Fold cut ends under 3/8 inch. 

2. At midpoint of one long side of a towel, sew ribbon strip to towel twice, with folded-under edges facing inward: Stitch once about a 1/4 inch in from towel's edge, and again, about 1/8 inch in from that. 

3. Repeat on additional towels, varying ribbon colors. 

Stress-Free Pegs 
Shaker pegs are functional and stylish, but they can be a hassle to install. To make the job easier, look for ones that screw in (; the deep threads anchor pegs securely with minimal effort.

Comments (7)

  • Tamarindie 1 Jan, 2015

    A very cute and simple idea for the house!

  • Lapensee 26 Jul, 2011

    I like this idea, my brother is picky about using only one towel that is "his" and used only by him, I had gotten towels that were all the same so it took extra effort to keep "his" towel always his and buying new ones where each of us have our own color was not going to happen with our current budget for linens. So now thanks to some dollar store ribbon I can do that with out stressing. Saved me lots of cash

  • WendiP 3 Apr, 2011

    We also use "color-coded" towels and washcloths. And cups in the bathroom and at meals. On trips, I take color-coded hanging clips so that we don't mix up washcloths and towels (makes it easier to reuse to save water, too!)

  • scullersusan 3 Apr, 2011

    We have towel colors that match the room wall colors--keeps it easy and beautiful!

  • Fritterz 9 Mar, 2010

    We solve the problem by everyone having their own color of towel set... Guests usually get stripes while the family has solids!

  • Veridical_Angel 9 Mar, 2010

    Why buy these when you can make them for free. :-)

  • Belleocchio 15 Nov, 2009

    Ikea sells these in washcloths in Ikea Junior... exactly.