Tutorial: Spruce up vintage hand towels!

I have a small love affair with Anthropologie.  They’ve had towels like these for some time now, and I have been secretly desiring them, but as with most things sold there, I don’t want to pay the price.

SO, one day after Christmas, I was browsing the GWO and came across these lovelies… My heart skipped a beat and I felt the Lord smiling down on me as I rescued them from under the mounds of linens that will meet their certain demise if not claimed here….  Ahhh…. It was like the light shone down and the angels were singing…

Look at these bright colors!  I was in love.  But they needed a tiny bit of updating and sprucing up.  No prob.  Here’s how I did it.


Vintage towels (or any towel for that matter!)

Sewing Machine

Trim, lace or other bits of fun to add to the edges

First I trimmed off the fringe on the edges of the towels… it was looking a little ragged.  Then chose some trim (I love these little pom poms) and a thin strip of lace and pinned in place on the edge of the towel.  Then sew the trim to the towel right on the edge.  I used a wide zig zag stitch so that I wouldn’t have to sew a seam on the top and bottom of the trim.

2. Trim up all your towels and stand back and admire the cuteness of your work.  Look how cheery they all are together!  I am in love.

And then, hang them up!  Since I think I paid all of 2 dollars for everything, I don’t care if my guests (or children) really use them!  You know, we all have those towels that are so nice or too cute to actually use… and tell me how crazy this is… I saw some hand towels the other day that said hand wash only… YEA RIGHT.  SO, I am proud of these adorable towels that people can actually use and I can toss in the wash~

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15 Responses to Tutorial: Spruce up vintage hand towels!

  1. Leighann says:

    I’m in love!!! This makes me want to re-do my entire bathroom around some of these towels!!! Beautiful!

  2. Iz Condurelis says:

    They are SO CUTE ! Love them !

  3. Heather says:

    You lucky duck! Now I have one more thing to add to my “keep an eye out for” list at Goodwill.
    Very cute, thanks for sharing!

  4. malia says:

    Ok those are so pretty and doable– thanks for the great tute. What a darling blog I am off to prowl around! malia

  5. Peggy says:

    You did a great job – so cute. And I love the fact that they come from the not-so-distant era when every day household items were actually Made in America!

  6. Allison says:

    The colors of those towels are beautiful, I love how you embelished them!!!
    New follower here.

  7. jessica says:

    so so cute! great idea!

  8. sara says:

    these are adorable – I too have a love affair with Anthropologie and am always looking for a more affordable way to enjoy their style!

  9. Susan in SC says:

    How absolutely adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. Laura says:

    These are really cute! And what a lucky find. I love when you stumble upon just what you were looking for at the thrift store. :)

  11. Chaotic Mom says:

    Very cute! I have a few towels of my own that could use some cute trim like you’ve used. Such an easy project, too! ;)

  12. Darling, I may just have to bust out the ole’ sewing machine to try making these…

  13. Victoria says:

    I just made one and it looks terrific! Thank you so much for the idea and tutorial. I love how this breathed new life into my Goodwill finds <3

  14. Jennifer says:

    I love these – I’ve made one and posted pictures as well as a link back to your post on my blog
    thanks for the tutorial!

  15. Christine says:

    Nice idea, darlin’! I just love the idea & these towels are gorgeous!

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