How to Make a Bow Out of Towels

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Folding towels is time-consuming, but can add a decorative accent!
Folding towels is time-consuming, but can add a decorative accent! (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A mark of some hotels is the folding of towels into various shapes, such as bows, flowers, or swans. Folding towels into creative shapes is one way you can add a little something special to your home decor, or to decorate for a special event. It does take a little practice, so be sure to factor in practice time before you need the towels.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Spread the towel out on a flat surface. Fold the towel in half so that the two shorter ends are flush.

Iron the folded edge so that it holds the fold. If you're using really thin towels or tea towels, this step can be omitted.

Fold the longer sides in towards the middle so that you have a long, flat towel shape.

Iron the folded edges again to be sure it keeps its shape.

Cut four inches of the wide ribbon (more or less depending on if you are using a towel smaller or larger than standard size).

Spread the ribbon out onto the flat surface and carefully flip your folded towel over onto the ribbon so that none of the folded edges are visible.

Tie the ribbon around the center of the towel, pulling it tightly so that the towel scrunches up into a bow shape. Tie a bow with the ribbon and slide it to the back of the towel, so that just the flat part of the bow is visible.

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