You may not even need to leave the house to make this Christmas gift, which is nice when it’s Christmas Eve and a cup of hot tea and a cozy spot by the Christmas tree is calling your name.  Here is what you’ll need:

  • Bath towel
  • Fabric ribbon (bonus if it has a favorite character or image that the child likes on it)
  • Thread or no-sew fabric glue
  • Sewing machine or sewing needle
  • Straight pins

Set aside about 20 to 30 minutes of your time, depending on if you are hand sewing, using a sewing machine, or applying the fabric glue.

Unfold the towel and lay it out flat. Place the ribbon across the short edge of the towel so it touches each long edge. Pin in place and cut – you should end up with a ribbon ‘stripe.’  Repeat on the opposite short edge.

If using a sewing machine, begin sewing with a straight stitch down one long side of the ribbon stripe. Use medium stitch length. 

When you reach the end of the towel, make sure the needle is in the down position (inserted into the fabric), lift the presser foot, and rotate the towel 1/4 turn. You should now be ready to sew the short end of the ribbon strip. Use a zig-zag stitch to help catch any loose ends from the ribbon.  You’ll only need to front and back stitch few times; it’s a really small spot. 

With the needle in down position, lift the presser foot and rotator the towel another 1/4 turn. The needle should now be along the unsewed, long ended of the ribbon stripe. Using a straight stitch, see the length of the ribbon and repeat the same steps as above to finish the final, short edge.  You’re done!!!


If using a sewing needle, thread the needle and sew the ribbon to the towel, using shorter stitches so the ribbon is securely attached. Knot the thread after sewing both edges and ends of both ribbon stripes. You’re done!!!

If using a fabric glue, follow instructions on bottle to apple glue to ribbon. Let dry as it adheres to the towel. You’re done!!!

I made three of these towels so our kiddos could have their own with a special ribbon on each one.  

Top to bottom: Leah, Madison, Hunter

After searching online for bath towels for kids and being shocked at the price (($20 or more per towel!) I kicked my creative gears into to overdrive and came up with this idea.  The finished product cost around $8 each (towel = $5; ribbon = $3) which is a huge savings and it’s a homemade gift.

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