Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

I love, love, love towels! Some people love shoes. Some people love purses.  But, I love towels.  I am that type of person that hates to throw away a towel unless it’s absolutely necessary.  Just because a towel gets old or worn does not mean that it has to be thrown away.  Normally, I cut them up and use them as cleaning rags, especially if the edges start to ravel.  However, today, I decided to use a different technique…….re-purposing the worn-tattered bath towels into smaller hand towels.  The towel in the above pic is from a set that I received as a wedding gift 18 years ago.  Check out the simple steps below…

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

These are some of the large bath towels that have started to ravel on the edges or starting to get holes.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Using a hand towel as a guide, pin to bath towel.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Cut.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

This is some type of trimming material that you will use on the sides.  On the bottom of the towel, I will not add this trimming material because it’s still finished and not raveling.  I’m not exactly sure of the name of the finishing product, but you can find it in the trimming and lace aisle in JoAnne’s Fabric Store.  I’m sure that you can use some other type of material to finish the sides to keep it from raveling.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Pin trimming to sides.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Sew down close to the trimming edge.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Make sure to finish the trimming ends by folding down and sewing.  Use a zigzag stitch to secure ends.  Then, cut extra trimming away from towel.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Now, look at my towel.  So, neat! Re-purposing to save money and towels…..

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Close-up shot.

Re-Purpose Worn Bath Towels Into Smaller Hand Towels

Now, I’m off to re-purpose this bath towel into smaller washcloths.

 

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  1. This is such a great idea. Another reason why I need to learn how to sew.
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  2. Sharon I love the way you think. I cut up old towels too. I hate to waste and will try to repurpose where I can. I’ve never fancied up my cut towels with binding before and I may have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing your tip on Merry Monday.
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  3. I LOVE this idea and am ashamed that I haven’t thought of it! Pinning and then going to take stock of the towels. Stopping by from Merry Monday’s
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  4. Whoa! Never even thought to repurpose an old towel into another smaller towel!! Love this idea and will have to do. Plus, it’s so simple! 🙂

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    • It is definitely a simple task to perform. I wish I had thought to do this earlier because there were a couple of towels that I would have liked to keep….

  5. I came over from Friendship Friday. I love this idea. i bought one of those hand towel rings for my sink. You can only use those very small towels. I won’t buy any. Rather, I will follow your example and make small towels from larger one. Clever!

  6. Great idea! You make it look so easy….I’m going to try this with the wedding gift towels that I can’t bear to part with, but are fraying on the edges.

    Pinning it!

    Lisa M
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  7. Following from Friendship Friday at Create With Joy. Wonderful idea! Goodness knows I have a linen closet jammed with towels that could use a similar treatment!
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  8. love this idea have worn towels and can play with this idea thanks for sharing at friendship friday have a great weekend.
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