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.


Julie Botsch
Julie Botsch4 years ago


Gabriele R.
Gabriele R5 years ago

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.

Anna Jarczynska
Past Member 5 years ago

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

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago

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

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago

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

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Joan R.
Joan R.5 years ago

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

Jharna Vikas
Jharna Vikas5 years ago


Pat W.
Pat W5 years ago

I do this...works great

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

Always love the given ideas!