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Pop quiz: What’s the most neglected room in the house when it comes to seasonal decorating? Ten points if you guessed the bathroom. But Annie’s got a simple way to pep up the loo . . . without resorting to mini Christmas trees or strings of twinkle lights. Adding racing stripes—made from simple, inexpensive seam binding available in any fabric store—to solid towels gives a two-tone punch to the bathroom that works especially well with bright holiday hues. Annie uses hers in guest bath, to give visitors an extra bit of special treatment.

Here’s how to do it:

 

1. Open the binding and place the back side of the towel against the front side of the binding, lining up the edges. Stitch them together in the crease of the binding closest to the edges of the towel and binding.

 

2. Turn over the towel, folding the binding over so the center crease aligns with the edge of the towel. Stitch along the bottom of the binding.

3. Cut the excess binding on the towel’s edge, leaving no extra material on either end.

4. Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 on the opposite edge of the towel.

5. For both remaining sides, repeat step 1, leaving an extra inch of binding on both ends of the towel. Turn the towel over and, with the binding open, fold the extra inch of binding over the corners on each side of the towel, and then fold over the towel’s top edge to finish the corners.

6. Stitch along the bottom of the binding as you did in step 2 for the first two sides.

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Karen May 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I love this idea. Great also to make cute inexpensive towels used as hand towels a little more special. Especially in barely used bathrooms or too often used ones. Great idea!!!

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