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10 Surprising Uses for Old Towels

10 Surprising Uses for Old Towels

There are plenty of uses for an old towel that are more worthy than the landfill. Try any of the following uses to provide your old towel with a second life.

Beach tote
Sew in a towel as the lining for a beach bag to keep your wet and sandy items from seeping out.

Inside of a quilt
You can cut or piece a few towels together to fit the size of your pattern and use them as batting for a quilt or blanket.

Pet bedding
This can be as simple as folding a towel in half filling with bits of rag or batting and straight stitching the sides shut.

Donate to an animal shelter or veterinarian’s office
Shelters are often in need of extra towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets to help out animals.

Bath mat
Cut two towels into even strips and weave them back together alternating patterns, sew them down onto another towel for a base.

Washing mits
Cut two washrag size squares out of a towel and sew around 3 edges so you can put you hand into it. This is great for washing and drying your car.

Rag mop
Cut apart long narrow strips from a towel and tie or even duct tape to the end of a pole.

Packing material
Avoid packing peanuts and bubble wrap by using parts of used towels to help protect your packages.

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Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an illustrator, artist, and writer. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA. Though Portland, OR has been her home base for some time, she always has an adventure around the corner.


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1:03PM PST on Jan 27, 2014


12:03PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

great ideas.I don't have a lot,but i cut mine appart sew round the edge and crochet a little border around it.Makes some nice face cloth.

11:54AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thank you.I will turn my old ones into a bath mat.

8:25AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Sorry, I meant I always donate them, or use them for my pets

8:23AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

I donate it always, or use them for my pets.

3:13AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Thank you

12:20PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

thanks for your ideas. I make dishcloths. Cut the less than perfect towel into squares and serge around the edges.

9:26AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012


11:59PM PDT on May 30, 2012

I do great

6:40PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Always love the given ideas!

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