Friday, August 19, 2016

New Life for Old Towels

I seem to have an abundance of old towels. Their edges are frayed, they're no longer attractive, and yet they still have some life in them. So, what are some possible uses for all those old towels?

There are, of course, the usual solutions.
  1. rags
  2. kneeling cloths for gardening (they're folded, of course).

But what else can be done?

You can use them to make bibs, both adult (think lobster) and children.  Here's one you can also buy, if you aren't a seamstress:
Available here
Here's a video with easy instructions:

You can make an apron. Or (again), you can buy these:

Here are instructions on how to make a dish towel apron:

And here is another way to make an apron from a towel and wash cloth:

Another favorite solution (favorite for me, anyway) to the old towel situation is to make a rag rug:
Here's a rag rug pattern you can buy:

But here's a fun tutorial, no pattern necessary:

Here's the video from the tutorial:

I'm always open to new ideas for old towels, so if you have any, please pass them along in the comments section below.

Have a great day!



Laney4 said...

For bath sheets and towels, I often rip (if they aren't already ripped) the edges off, turn over twice, and re-hem them. It makes narrower towels, but they still work. I have several 35-year-old (wedding present) towels that are still going strong (probably because they were made better back then?).
The same thing works for hand towels that are now narrower, but most of my hand towels are worn out in the middle so this doesn't work (and they become rags).
Thanks for the ideas!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

That's a very good idea! My husband doesn't like the newer, bigger towels so much anyway, so narrower works for us. (I once looked on ebay for older towels, and I was shocked at how much people were selling used towels for. I didn't buy any, but it was interesting. I had forgotten some of the patterns that used to be popular).

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