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The useful gift that just might save someone's sanity


Dish towels hanging from a dishwasher with Kam Snaps.

I have a gift idea for you that is so simple to make it will take you only minutes but will also save the sanity of whomever you give it to. That's a big claim, I know, but I swear, it's true. In just moments you can create a dish towel that won't get dropped on the floor over and over and over. Because picking up and rehanging dish towels makes me personally feel like I'm losing my mind. Didn't I just do this? Why is it on the floor again? Where's the kid who pulled it off the handle it was hanging on and why didn't they put it back?!

Two dish towels, a wisk, a wooden spoon and a gift tag with instructions for hanging the dish towels.

This Snap Happy dish towel was first introduced to me by my sister-in-law who found it here and it is sheer genius. Adding the snaps allows you to hang it from an oven door or dishwasher handle and while it looks prettier than your average dish towel, it also STAYS IN PLACE. You can also put snaps on bathroom towels. Plus, there is no sewing involved!


This would be a great Mother's Day gift, housewarming gift, or anytime gift. Plus, there's a free printable tag available at the bottom of this post (or in my Resource Library for subscribers) you can include which explains how to hang the dish towel.


Watch the video tutorial here:


Supplies for the Snap Happy Towel

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A green Kam Snap table press with plastic snap dies, awl, blue snaps and dish towel.

Dish towels – I bought mine from Costco

Size 20 plastic snaps - I used Kam Snaps

Kam Snap Table Press or handheld snap press - I used a table press

awl which should come with either snap press

the free gift tag instruction printable at the bottom of this post

Let's get started

Once you've purchased some dish towels that you think match the recipient's kitchen or bathroom, or are neutral enough to go pretty much anywhere, it's time to add the snaps.

Hands holding a dish towel with Kam Snaps installed in the upper corners for hanging the towel.

We will be installing the snaps in the corners of the top of the dish towel in opposite directions.

Hands folding a dish towel in half lengthwise.

With the top of the dish towel facing you, fold in half, length wise.

Using an awl to punch holes into the top corners of a dish towel.

Holding the outer most corners together, use the awl to poke a hole through both layers.


It's time to install the snaps.

A picture of hands holding the dies to install the plastic Kam Snaps in the picture. Arrows pointing to the various pieces with labels.

For both the male and female sides of the snaps you will need a cap which is the one with the pointy piece in the middle. You will also need one male piece which looks like an outie belly button (the right side of the photo are all the pieces needed for the male side of the snaps), and one female piece which looks like an innie belly button. (The left side of the photo are all the pieces needed for the female side of the snaps.)


Let's start with the female side and get the KAM Snap Press ready.

Hand putting the plastic snap adapter base into the Kam Snap Table Press.

Place the adapter base into the press.


Screw the female snap die into the press. This is the one that resembles an outie belly button - the reverse of the actual snap piece itself.


I like to install the female snap portion on the left side of the dish towel.

Hands installing the cap portion of plastic Kam Snaps into a dish towel.

From the front side of the towel, insert the pointy cap piece into the hole you just made until it is all the way through the fabric. If you have trouble seeing your hole, it helps to hold the towel up to a light.

Hand putting the female portion of a plastic Kam Snap into a Kam Snap Table Press.

Now on the back of the towel place the female (innie belly button looking one) onto the part of the cap that is sticking out.


Carefully place it all into the press with the cap down so it sits flat. Press down hard on the press handle and then carefully remove the towel from the press.


Now it's time for the male side of the snap.


Unscrew the female die from the press and screw in the male die, which looks like an innie belly button - the reverse of the piece of the snap itself.

Handing holding the male portion of plastic Kam Snaps being installed in a dish towel.

From the back side of the towel, insert the pointy cap piece into the hole you made with the awl until it is all the way through the fabric.


On the front of the towel place the male (outie belly button looking one) onto the part of the cap that is sticking out (see the photo above).


Carefully place it all into the press with the cap down so it sits flat. Press down hard on the press handle and then carefully remove the towel from the press.


Test out the snaps and make sure they are working properly.


That's it! Can you believe it's that easy?!

Handing clipping the snaps together on a dish towel hanging on a dishwasher handle.

Hanging one these towels is also really easy. With the front of the towel facing you, place the end of the towel with the snaps on it over the handle or bar you want to hang it on. With the snaps down about 1/3 of the towel length, bring the ends around the rest of the towel and click the snaps in front.


Here's the free printable tag with instructions so your gift recipient can tap into the genius that is this snappy towel!


Happy crafting!


Printable gift tags with instructions to hang a dish towel with snaps.




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