Towel Racks

Happy Housewife discovered a solution to hanging up towels that we’ve used before.  It’s a good one.  We also have an additional tip that makes this work even better.

Elastic.

Fold your towel in half the long way.  Mark the center of the towel on the outside edge.
Sew a strip of elastic, or a loop, about an inch and a half long to the center of one of the outside edges:

T—————X—————T
0——————————-O
W——————————-W
E——————————-E
L——————————-L

X marks the spot. 

Then the children can hang up their towels by the elastic, and the towels hang up right the very first time and do not end up on the floor every time the dog wags his tail in their general direction or somebody walks by and brushes against them.

When we did this, it was one of the very first sewing projects for Pip and Jenny.  They were about 8 and 10.  They were very proud to be sewing something so useful to the whole family.  It really made our lives a lot easier.

Friends of ours who also use the hook solution said they think it makes their towels last longer, too, possible because they get trampled on less often.

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4 Comments

  1. Church Mouse
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    We do this too! Yes, very smart! I used grosgrain ribbon as it is what I had on hand. I first sewed the loop on the corners and soon realized that this led to the towels hanging waaaaay down and covering up the toilet paper. Not good. Then I re-did them and put them in the middle like you suggest. Much better!

  2. David and Janet Hurley
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    US too! We have towel bars for big bathtowels, but we do this with ribbon on the corner of hand towels. We use the 3M hooks on the back of the bathroom door.
    It started when my littles could not reach the hand towel ring, so they left the towel on the edge of the sink, it would either fall in the floor, or into the sink, to get soaked when the next little turned the water on.

  3. ~Jenn
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    How funny, we just did the same thing this weekend. So much easier for the kids! I'm now putting elastic loops on every towel.

  4. Lindsey in AL
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    My kids all have hooded towels that I made them when they were babies (huge hooded towels- my 8 year-old still uses his) and they hang by their hoods very nicely from a row of pegs on the wall.

    We do have hooks on the wall for handtowels, two of them. But we were both worried about the possibility of injury from pointy hooks (especially like the ones shown in the linked post) so I designed a special one that doesn't have any pointy bits and DH blacksmithed them for us :)

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