At any rate the kids love them and maybe that alone will help them to take care of them. I love new towels too. I let the kids pick out their towels which gave them some ownership in the project which is always a good thing. :o)
Here is the quick and dirty tutorial to personalized towels.
1- Print out (or draw) your initials. Very Fat, Chunky letters do a better job of showing up and showing off fun fabrics. Be sure to reverse the letters or they will end up backwards on the towels.
2 - Trace the letter onto the paper side of "Lite Heat 'n Bond" (my fusible web product of choice).
3 - Cut out around the letters, leaving a boarder of paper around the letter.
4 - Iron the letter the back side of your fun fabric. (follow the fusible web instructions)
5 - Cut out the letter on the lines and position it on the towel and iron in place (follow package instructions again).
6 - Stitch around the letter using a zig-zag or satin stitch.
7 - Add a tab for easy hanging (optional).