Teddy Bear Towels: Adorable, Easy, and Affordable Gifts

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I once received a gift for helping with my sister-in-law’s baby shower. A crafty woman, she came up with a unique but adorable gift for the hostesses. Shaped into a teddy bear, she gifted us hand towels.

For the longest time, I was afraid to undo her work. Although it only took unwrapping a ribbon and pulling rubber bands, I knew I would never recreate her gift. I also knew she gave it intended to be used as a towel, so I unraveled the bear and wiped my hands.

I am, in no way, shape, or form, a crafty, creative, DIY kind of mom.

I never created a Pinterest account, and I am easily intimidated by the simplest of projects. After receiving this gift, I thought it would be perfect for making, in the future, to gift. I looked up the steps, online, and with some practice, I mastered the art of teddy bear towels.

With Christmas coming up, the timing was perfect. I love the gift-giving that comes with the holidays. I want to share the love with everyone in my children’s lives. I want to give gifts to everyone: teachers and aides, bus drivers and drivers’ aides, support personnel, and therapists. Expenses can add up fast, and not knowing exactly what everyone likes can leave us feeling clueless.

Once I got the hang of making these gifts, I decided to put a holiday spin on the idea. I used holiday hand towels instead of a solid color. Here are the steps to make holiday teddy bear towels:

What You Need:

  • A hand towel (I buy packs of holiday-themed towels, but you can use solid colors.)
  • One rubber band
  • Two small rubber bands
  • Ribbon
  • An additional gift to add on (optional)

The Steps:

  1. Fold a hand towel a third of the way down.

2. Roll up each side, tight, until they meet in the middle.

3. Twist the towel in the middle. You want the thicker half to face down when you twist.

4. Pull the thicker half that is facing down over the bottom half, leaving some room on the bottom for the legs.

5. You will be able to see what the legs and arms will be. Pull the arms to the side.

6. To create the head, wrap the larger rubber band around the top. 

7. Create ears by pulling out the top sides of the towel and wrapping the smaller bands to make ears. Tie a ribbon around the neck.

Keep in mind that hand towels come in different shapes and textures affecting the outcome. Some bears may look longer, appear tighter, have differently placed arms depending on the towel you use.

Adding or tying on another little gift is up to you. I once used cookie cutters when I knew the person enjoyed baking. I’ve also used soap and room spray.

There are plenty of online resources like YouTube and Pinterest that explain how to make these. I am easily confused, and sometimes I need steps described in different ways.

Simple and sweet, these gifts will not break your budget and add holiday cheer to special people in your children’s lives.

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Originally from New England, my family moved to Pennsylvania before settling in the Cincinnati area. After my family moved away, I made my way across the river to Northern Kentucky, now my forever home. My husband Rusty and I have four children, Molly, Spencer, Rogan, and Emmett, as well as our two cats. I'm a registered nurse now doing the stay at home mom bit. I love raising my children in the Cincinnati area, where there is so much to offer. I'm a Skyline chili loving Reds fan who enjoys zoo trips, watching my children unleash at the children's museum, and finding peace watching airplanes at the CVG airplane viewing area. Coffee and humor get me through these crazy days with small children.

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