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17+ Towel Sewing Projects

If you have a pile of old towels lying around in the house, put them to good use with these clever recycled towel craft ideas!

By: Kirsten Kwon, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated November 18, 2022
17 Towel Sewing Projects

Towel crafts are both fun and useful. Of course, we all have older towels laying around that we no longer use, but that doesn't mean they're no longer useful. Instead of tossing them, recycle them!

Or make something new using inexpensive towels, terrycloth, or similar fabric you buy. In this collection of 17+ Towel Sewing Projects, you'll find nearly a dozen clever projects that use both new and old towels.

From backpacks to hooded baby towels, this list has everything you need to get good value from your kitchen and bathroom accessories, even when they're no longer in the kitchen or bathroom. Refine your drying technique with kitchen towel crafts like the Rolled Kitchen Towels, shared in the first section below.

Whether you're looking to make something for your home or for a day in the sun, you won't believe how these towel crafts will change your life! Find out what to do with old towels with this handy collection, and you won't need to buy new fabrics to fuel your sewing adventures.

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Kitchen Towel Crafts

With splatters, spills, and ingredient fumbles, the kitchen can be the messiest part of the home. That's where towels come in! These easy kitchen towel crafts will have your cooking space looking pristine in no time.

With everything from Rolled Kitchen Towels (shown below) to creative upcycles, these free sewing tutorials will transform the way you man your kitchen and keep you clean while doing it! You'll wonder how you ever managed meal prep without these kitchen towel patterns.

Rolled Kitchen Towels

The Rolled Kitchen Towels craft project uses kitchen towels to offer a green solution to keeping things dry and clean. You'll be surprised at how many paper towels you avoided using.

Mad Men Embroidered Kitchen Towel

Hey Mad Men fans, here's a kitchen towel craft you'll adore! Inspired by Peggy Olsen's scooter, this kitchen towel craft turns a regular towel into an embroidered craft.

Reusable Hanging Kitchen Towels

After making these adorable reusable towels, you will never be able to use another store-bought dishcloth again. These zero-waste dish towels are easy to make and use.

Customized DIY Tea Towels

Use easy sewing projects for beginners to redecorate your kitchen with these easy DIY towel ideas that will add a pop of color or a splash of pattern to your cooking area in no time.

Hanging Kitchen Towel Pattern (+ Video Tutorial)

These hanging dish towels look cute and are made using actual absorbent dish towels. If you've found the perfect dishtowels but have no way to hang them, then this is the perfect project for you.

Time for Tea Dish Towel Tutorial

Add some English charm to your kitchen with this adorable Time for Tea Dish Towel Tutorial. With this easy sewing tutorial, you can transport any guests to the English countryside just in time for tea!

Bath Towel Crafts

Bath time can also mean splash time, which means the bathroom is the place where you most need drying tools! The following soft and absorbent bathroom towel patterns will keep your bathroom dry no matter how many suds spill out from the tub.

Not only will your floors stay water-free, but your baby will also benefit from these post-tub tutorials. Towel refashioning projects like the Hooded Baby Towel (shown below) will keep you and Baby dry and warm after any soapy spell!

Hooded Baby Towel

The hooded baby towel is part hoodie, part towel, which makes for an inventive way to dry off your child after a bath. Make this cute sewing project using our free sewing pattern for babies.

Embellished Hooded Towel Tutorial

Towels aren't usually this pretty, but by adding your own beautiful and colorful embellishments, even towel crafts can become works of art. As is the case with these fun hooded towels!

Baby Towel and Washcloth Set

Sew your newborn a baby towel and matching washcloth! You will absolutely love how easy this project is to make, and your child will love the comfort it provides.

DIY Spa Day Towel Wrap

If you're looking for homemade gift ideas for the little girl in your life, this DIY Spa Day Towel Wrap is for you. Learn how to make a towel wrap so she will feel pampered every day.

Dragon Bath Towel Craft Idea

BONUS! Kids who love mythical creatures and the popular How to Train Your Dragon film will be absolutely obsessed with this sewn gift idea. Make it as a sewn Christmas gift or give it to them for their birthday.

Beach Towel Crafts

When temperatures climb and the sun comes out from behind the clouds, it's time to pack up your beach blanket and hit the waves! These beach towel recycling projects are just what your beach day needs to be a hit.

They'll help you tote all of your splashing gear from the car to the sand, dry you off after a deep-sea swim, and even keep you looking summer chic, like the Beach Towel Dress (shown below). What more could you ask from your beach towels?

Beach Towel Dress

Say hello to sunshine! The Beach Towel Dress is a fantastic easy sewing project for welcoming warmer weather. Most swimsuit cover-ups for women are somewhat impractical. Instead, wear a dress made from a beach towel!

Kid Towel Tote

Make a Kid Towel Tote for the next time you head to the beach. Large pockets make this tote great for storing items you want to bring along, from sunscreen to summery snacks.

Beach Bag and Towel in One

Make beach towel crafts like this one so that you'll have one less thing to lug to the beach. With the extra arm space, you can bring along anything from summer reads to a cooler.

Hooded Beach Towel Backpack

Your kids will love this summertime accessory. The Hooded Beach Towel Backpack is a great way for the kids to carry their own towels to the pool or beach.

Geometric DIY Round Beach Towel

Round beach blankets are very on-trend right now, so try sewing your own Geometric DIY Round Beach Towel! This beautiful beach blanket tutorial is super simple to make.

How To Make A Beach Bag Towel Tote

Learn how to make a beach towel tote bag with this easy tutorial. Did you know that you can make a beach bag out of a beach towel? Yes, you can make a towel and bag in one! 

BONUS! Creative and Unique Towel Craft Ideas

Though the projects above certainly meet the marks for brilliant towel upcycling, why stop there? Below you'll find a whole treasure trove of new towel craft projects, sure to delight both you and your wallet.

Sew accessories for every occasion, from travel— like the Toothbrush Travel Case Tutorial (shown below)—to baby bibs. You'll never believe how many handy pieces can be made with towels you already have lying around in the house!

Toothbrush Travel Case Tutorial

This easy sewing tutorial lets you create a kid-friendly case for storing toothbrushes and paste on vacation. Terrycloth fabric for this project is great for this case because of its absorbency.

Personalized Nap Towel

If you're on the hunt for soft towel craft projects, look no further than this adorable idea! Your baby will look positively precious napping on this personalized nap towel.

Decorative Golf Towel

Towel craft ideas are always interesting, and this one even makes a special gift for Dad! If he's always on the putting green, this Decorative Golf Towel will be a hole in one.

Adorable Hooded Baby Towel

This sweet hooded towel is undeniably darling. Whether you need baby craft projects for an upcoming baby shower or not, you'll probably want to make this for the sheer cuteness of it!

Vintage Towel Bib

When your baby makes a mess on the high chair, there's no need to panic! This Vintage Towel Bib will make sure that Baby's onesie remains unblemished by anything from applesauce to SpaghettiOs.

Washable Flip Mop Pads

There's no need to spend a fortune on mop pads when you have this simple eco-friendly pattern! Transform any old towel into Washable Flip Mop Pads that will have your floors gleaming in no time.

Bath Towel Apron Pattern

If you have a little one that likes to splash in the bathtub, you need a bath towel apron. The top naturally folds down, creating a convenient flap for drying your hands.

Shirred Beach Towel Dress

Who says that towels can't be couture? This Shirred Beach Towel Dress will keep you on top of summer trends without spending any extra money on fabric.

Girlie Spa Wrap for Dolls

If your little girl is a spa enthusiast, then her best friend should join in on the relaxing fun! This Girlie Spa Wrap for Dolls will let your daughter's doll join in on anything from pedicures to face masks.

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Absolutely love all your towel craft ideas. I love making handmade gifts and will be sure to try some of these. Personally, I have made a lot of kitchen towels, crocheted hanging dish scrubbies and love making portable towel holders www.kitchentowels4u.etsy.com

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