Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fancy Shmancy Towel Fold Tutorial

Fancy shmancy towel folds are a fun way to welcome your house guests. Your guests may even be so impressed by your pretty towel folds that they will fail to notice the "free acupuncture" offered courtesy of the springs that jab them through the holes in your sofa bed.

To pamper your guests with the royal shmance treatment, you will need:
  • 1 bath towel*
  • 1 hand towel*
  • 1 wash cloth*
  • 1 towel bar OR a chair with a back
  • tiny "tuckable" toiletries or flowers
*Note: Although luxurious fluffy towels are much more welcoming than thinner towels, the latter are actually easier to fold because they're less bulky. Using a bath towel and wash cloth in one color and a hand towel in a different color is a fun option.

Step 1: (Not pictured)
Fold the bath towel into thirds the long way, and drape it over a towel bar or over the back of a chair in your guest room.

Step 2:
Lay the hand towel flat with the front facing up.

Step 3:

Fold the hand towel up from the bottom as pictured. (Note: the corner is turned down in the photo just so that you can see the edge of the towel--you should not actually fold the corner.)

Step 4:

Fold the hand towel as pictured.

Step 5:

Flip over. (The towel, Silly, not you!)

Step 6:

Fold the sides in, tucking one side into the "pocket" on the other side.

Step 7:

Turn over (still referring to the towel here). (Note to Self: to become billionaire, must patent Towel Fold Twister.)

Step 8:

Drape the hand towel over the bath towel (not pictured).
Step 9:
Accordion fold the washcloth.

Step 10:

Fold the washcloth accordion in half so that it looks like a fan.

Step 11:

Tuck the washcloth "fan" into the pocket on the hand towel.

Step 12:

Add some goodies for your guests, such as tiny toiletries, flowers, wrapped candies, or a little note. By a note, I mean something sweet and welcoming like, "Make yourself at home!" as opposed to something like, "Mess up my towel folds and you're DEAD!"

That's it! I can almost guarantee that you can fold your towels in less time than it took you to read this tutorial! Fancy towel folds are great not only for pampering guests, but also for staging a home to sell.

Love DIY projects? This tutorial has been linked to other great DIY projects at A Soft Place to Land.