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It seems like I can never find a hand towel in my kitchen when I need one; I always end up standing at the sink, hands dripping wet with no towels to be found! AJ loves playing with them, so she pulls them off the handle of the oven and takes them to the playroom, or the dog (who is always underfoot in the kitchen!) stands too close to the oven and wags the towels right off the handle with her tail. So I decided to put a stop to the missing towels by making my own totally secure, un-loseable, never falls off the hook again, hanging kitchen towels!
I added snaps to the towels, and they are PERFECT! They stay put when AJ pulls on them, when Fawkes wags them with her tail, and even when we dry our hands on them. I can just reach out, dry my hands, let them go, and they’ll fall right back into place. So easy!
It only takes about five minutes to add snaps to your kitchen towels, and you don’t need any special tools other than a hammer and the little snap setter tool that comes with a package of snaps! And if you don’t have an oven handle or bar to hang your towels from, you can add a grommet to your towel instead and then hang it over a small hook; grommets and snaps install in exactly the same way, so just choose your favorite hanging method, and go for it!
How To Make Hanging Kitchen Towels
- 5 minutes per towel (time spent doing stuff)
- 0 minutes (time spent waiting around)
- 5 minutes (total project time)
- snap setter tool (usually comes with a package of snaps, or you can get it separately, just make sure it’s the right size for your snaps)
- utility knife
- scrap block of wood
- kitchen towel (I got these towels at Costco)
- snaps (they come in tons of shapes and sizes and finishes, but these are the ones I used)
I made a video to show you just how easy it is to add snaps to a towel! But if you prefer written instructions, you can find those below the video.
Start by laying out your towel with the wrong side up (if it has a wrong side, otherwise it doesn’t matter which side is up). I folded my towel to make it skinny enough that I could hang two towels on my oven handle at once, but if you don’t want to fold yours, you can just skip the folding part and go right to adding the snaps.
Fold each long edge of your towel inward so that they meet in the center. Make two marks with your Sharpie, one in the center of each folded half, about 1″ from the short end of the towel. Then make another pair of marks about 10” away (still centered). The exact dimensions don’t matter; just make sure that your measurements are consistent so that the two halves are the same.
Put your scrap block of wood under your towel, then using your utility knife, cut a tiny hole through all layers of towel at each mark.
Your package of snaps should come with instructions on how to attach the snaps, but basically there are two pieces that make up the front of the snap (the “pretty” side that you see) and two pieces that make up the back of the snap (the side that you don’t see). For these towels, the marks near the end of the towel are for the “back” snaps and the marks about 10” down the towel are for the “front” snaps.
Each half of the snap is made up of a post piece and a socket piece. The picture below shows all of the pieces (the second row shows what the back sides look like). The first piece on the left is the post piece of the back of the snap, then the socket for the back, then the post piece for the front of the snap, then the socket for the front is the piece on the right. Your snaps may look slightly different; just see the package for instructions for your specific snaps.
Start with the back snaps that go near the end of the towel. Take the post piece for the back of the snap and push it through the hole you made in the towel, from underneath. Make sure the post comes all the way through the hole so you can see it from the top of the towel, and be sure to clear away any stray threads so that the post comes all the way through the towel. Set the matching socket piece on top of the post from the front of the towel.
Put your block of wood under the towel and snap, then place the cup half of the snap tool on the block of wood and set the back of the snap into the cup. Then place the post half of the snap tool in the socket piece of the snap, and hammer the post to force the two halves of the snap together.
Be sure to hammer really hard to make sure the two halves of the snap are well attached; if they’re not firmly attached the two halves can come apart with use or washing.
Repeat for the other back snap on the other half of the towel.
For the front snaps about 10” down from the back snaps, the process is pretty much the same. Push the post half of the snap through the towel from the back, then set the socket half on top from the front. Position the block of wood under the snap, put the cup half of the setting tool under the bottom half of the snap, put the post half in the socket part of the snap, and hammer to push the two snap halves together.
Repeat for the other front snap, and you’re done!
Hang your towels and enjoy having “permanent” hanging towels!
If you prefer using grommets so that you can hang your towel from a hook, you can do that too!
Grommets attach pretty much the same way as a snap. There is a front/post half and a back/socket half of the grommet, and a small setting tool that usually comes with a pack of grommets (or you can find it separately). You start by cutting a tiny hole with your utility knife, then push the post half of the grommet through the hole and set the socket half on top. Set up the block of wood under the towel, put both halves of the setting tool in place, and hammer the two halves of the grommet together!
I love that I can dry my hands without the towel falling off the oven handle or the hooks near the sink. It’s such a small, simple thing, but it makes a big difference and makes it way less of a hassle to wash anything in this kitchen!
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