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Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops in 5 Minutes

2 dish towels hanging from hooks with text overlay: Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops

3 towels with loops attached with text overlay: how to add hanging loops to dish towels

If I ruled the world, you wouldn’t need to sew towel hanging loops. Because in my world, dish towels would never even exist without them! And all towels would be made from super absorbent, eco-friendly fabric that doesn’t leave lint behind.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

I recently bought a new set of kitchen towels and was frustrated to find out they didn’t have a little hanging loopy guy on them. This is annoying because we usually use a few towels at a time, but not all of them can simply hang off the oven handle.

And leaving towels laying on the countertop looks messy.

I have little hooks on the wall and also on the side of my kitchen cart for towels. But because they’re pretty small hooks, they’re kind of useless if the towels don’t have an actual hanging loop.

Luckily there is an easy DIY fix! Adding a hanging loop to a dish towel takes a mere 5 minutes.

Materials for sew towel hanging loops: a towel, ruler, marking pen, needle and thread, seam ripper, scissors and twill tape or ribbon

All you need is a little bit of twill tape or ribbon, your towel, some scissors, a marking tool, maybe a seam ripper, a ruler, and some needle and thread. You can sew this on by machine or hand sew it.

First, choose where you want your loop to go. I chose the corner, but you could easily add it anywhere along the border.

Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops – Machine Method

  1. Mark where you want your loop to go.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: mark your loop location
  2. Measure out about 3″ (7.6 cm) of tape. I cut the edges at an angle so I can tuck them into the folded over seam.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: measure your tape
  3. Undo the seam along where you want to insert your loop.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: undo the seams so you can tuck your ribbon under
  4. Tuck the tape under the seam.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: tuck the tape under the open seams
  5. Sew with a regular straight stitch over the area. Try to start and end a little before and after the tape so you sew back over and lock the original stitches.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: begin stitching before ripped seam to lock the original stitches
  6. Give the new stitches a good press and tada! You now have a hanging towel.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: press the new seams

If your towel doesn’t have a seam along the border, then you can skip any seam ripping. Simply sew on the ribbon or tape wherever you want without worrying about the previous stitching.

You could also do this by hand! Here’s another variation of the same idea, but with a hand-sewn loop.

Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops – Hand Sewn Method

  1. Cut off a slightly longer piece of twill tape (in this case I used 6″ or 15 cm) and make a loop.
  2. Thread the needle and knot both ends of the thread together, so you’re using a double thread stitch.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: double thread the needle
  3. Push the needle through the front side and pull all the way to the knot. Come back up about 1/8″ or 3 mm away. Continue stitching in the same place for about 10 passes.
    Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: sew on the loop
  4. Make a small knot and cut the excess thread. Voila!

Now you have loops and your kitchen dishtowels can conquer all matters of spills and hooks.

Easy to Sew Towel Hanging Loops Tutorial: finally, hang your towels!

That’s a win!

Does the lack of hanging loops on towels annoy you too? What’s your favorite kitchen hack? Share them down in the comments!

 

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