DIY: Dip Dyed Hand Towels With Tassels

It’s FRIDAY which means my talented friend Laura G. is back with a fun DIY project you will swoon over. Tassel lovers unite.

Take it away Laura…

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My cousin, her husband, and their kids are coming to stay with us for the next five sleeps (yes, when you have three kids under 5 that’s how you count the days!).  I started to think about what I could do to make my house guest-ready.  For the guest room a basket with magazines for the parents, books for the kids, fresh fruit, bottles of water, some yummy goodies.  For the guest bath, fresh flowers and the most darling hand towels!  And what better way to spoil family and friends than by treating them with something home-made?!

These dip-dyed, tassel-adorned guest towels don’t take long to make, they look fantastic and, frankly, they would make a great gift!  Let’s get to it!

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What you Need:

Rit fabric dye, hand towels (I used these amazing soft cotton ones from Sur La Table but any light weight towels will do!), embroidery thread (I used 2 per towel), a needle and thread and a bowl!

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Tassel How-To:

Ever make a tassel?  I’ll warn you, once you start you wont stop and there will be tassels everywhere.  I mean everywhere.  Your daughters hair, on door knobs, on necklaces, on tree branches …. oh!  just got an idea….focus!

Ok, to start, cut approximately one arms length of your embroidery thread, then cut that in half and set aside (we’ll call these scrap pieces!).  Next, take the looped embroidery thread and cut it in half (we’ll call this the chunk).   Take one of your scrap pieces and tie it around the middle of your chunk (set the other 1/2 aside to make your second tassel).  Fold the embroidery thread in half.  Take the second scrap piece and wrap it around the doubled thread a few times.  Tie off a knot in the back.  Finally, trim the bottom of the tassel to make it uniform and blunt!  There you have it!  A tassel!  Repeat until you have all the tassels you want for your towels!

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Dip Dye How-To: 

Super easy.  Fill your bowl or bucket with warm water, add in desired amount of Rit Dye and stir (note, this stuff is meant to stain and it will!).   {Want a lighter color?  Add less dye.  Darker color?  Add more dye.}  So, now that you’ve added your color, slowly dip your towel into the dish being careful to hold up the back side of the towel (unless of course you want both ends dipped!).   I went about 1/3 of the way up with the dye on my towels!  Once you’ve dipped hang to dry!

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The final step!  Sew on them tassels!  I got out the trusty measuring tape to space mine out along the front of the fold.  Add a few stitches to each tassel to ensure that they are sung.  (Note:  Probably a good idea to hand wash these babies – because of the color and because of the delicate nature of the hand sewn tassels!)

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photo 5I mean, how great are these?  Spoiler alert: Family and friends you may be getting these as gifts at some point!  Thanks for letting me craft with you again!

Until next time,
Laura G.


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Our bedroom {details}

We have lived at our “new” house for 9 months now, and I have yet to share details of the interior. The reality is, I am an all or nothing girl. If the entire space is not completely the way I want it, I won’t be satisfied. That, and I have problems following through. It would be safe to say that I have 15 unfinished projects staring at me at every corner.

So my point in all that, is telling you that I’ve put off sharing our space because it’s still a work in progress. We’ve completely gutted the upstairs and while it looks AWESOME, Josh and I STILL have no nightstands, the baseboard around the perimeter of our bedrooms has yet to be painted, the back corner of our bedroom looks like my office threw up all over it until I move it downstairs into my soon to be office (another unfinished project).

But there is quite a few details that I LOVE, so I am going to share those for the time being.

“Our Bedroom” {details}

IMG_5454.jpg“you are my bucket list” wood print: I made with reclaimed wood and white paint // bedding: Pottery Barn // headboard c/o Heady Bed // ruffle mustard pillow c/o Jilly Bean Craft

IMG_5449.jpgAmpersand marque light c/o Bomisch

IMG_5455.jpg“lucky us” print c/o Daughter Zion Designs // J&L letters: I made with cardboard letters spray painted gold  // True Love and Forever canvas’s c/o Small Bird Studio 

IMG_5459.jpg1 Corinthians 13 print c/o Red Letter Words 

IMG_5461.jpgmustard flower pillow c/o Jilly Bean Craft

And a special thank you to all the amazing shops that help to make our house a home, including Bomisch for my rad ampersand marque light. I’ve moved this thing around 3 times since getting it in the mail because it’s so versatile. I love it on our mantle and it also makes the perfect “night light” for our bedroom. Be sure to check out there darling shop. Such great gift ideas.


I am off to Vegas for the weekend for an early birthday celebration. My sister and I have birthdays a week apart, so my Dad is treating us for the weekend. I sure love that guy.



o’verlays giveaway

Alright all you diy’ers, this one’s for you. The gals over at O’verlays are here today with one awesome giveaway.

Who’s ready to spruce up their home decor?




1147478_515471331855120_363086182_o O’verlays was created after 2 gals with a background in design came up empty with products.  Danika had found some vintage fretwork panels and decided to use them on a client’s IKEA® PAX wardrobe. With some panels of mirror and the help of a finish carpenter the wardrobes underwent a dramatic transformation. They immediately saw the potential in these fretwork panels and decided to create their own. They loved the fact that they could create an expensive custom look  using second hand or IKEA® pieces. They chose a lightweight composite material that allowed greater flexibility and less splintering, an issue with the original vintage balsa wood panels. They also made sure the product could be paint-able to allow for endless looks.

I want to add some of their panels to a desk I am going to redo. How awesome would a white desk look with some gold paneling?

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