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5 DIY Projects Using an Old Towel

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DIY hooded towels

I’m getting ready to move – across the country! – and I just realized how many towels I have. Where did all these towels come from, and when did I buy them? And the more important question is, now that I don’t want them any more, what can I do with them? Some of the towels in the back of my closet are in GREAT condition and would make a great “something else.” These projects take some basic sewing skills, but the instructions in the tutorials are clear. One idea that I thought was very cute is the hooded towel for children (above). What else can you DIY with an old towel? Click through the jump to find out!

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5 DIY Projects Using a Towel

Make a Dress

Beach towels can be turned into coverups, made for regular poolside wear and tear.
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8 thoughts on “5 DIY Projects Using an Old Towel

  1. dree says:

    Our old towels become kid-fort-making-walls, then cleaning towels (there is some overlap there!), window-washing towels, towels to protect the couch/carpet when the stomach flu strikes, and finally, when the edges have frayed and there are holes/thin spots, I donate them to the local no-kill animal shelter. They use them both with kittens and with dogs. They don’t care about the condition–dogs destroy towels, and they cut up towels for the kittens.

    1. craftyamy says:

      Good call Dree! All of these are great ideas.

  2. Michelle Lubbers says:

    I wouldn’t use an old or used towel for any of these projects. Start out with a nice, soft, brand new one. Especially for the hooded towels (I have made many of these), or bath/beach wraps. Nobody wants to get out of the water and dry off with an old scratchy towel.

    1. craftyamy says:

      Some towels stay in the back of the closet and hardly get used. Those are the towels I’m referring to using in these projects.

  3. nicole says:

    The problem I see with the dress is my towels are not very comfortable and usually when they get to that stage they are not in great condition :)

  4. Jennifer says:

    I think all of the above ideas are great, thanks for finding them and sharing them Amy!

  5. Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl says:

    Great ideas for those towels that still have some life left in them! Thanks for sharing Amy.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Well I have 4 kids; there are no towels that sit in the back of the closet and don’t get used! LOL. I would get some new towels for these projects, though.

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