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11 Towel Craft 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 of AllFreeSewing.com
11 Towel Craft 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! In this collection of 11 Towel Craft 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. Turn your towels into floor-saving tools with bath towel crafts like the Recycled Bath Mat or the DIY Bath Mat With Pockets. Maybe you can even prepare to soak up the sun (and the seawater) with the Beach Bag and Towel in One!

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.

Kitchen Towel Crafts

Rolled Kitchen Towels

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) to clothes-saving aprons, 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.

  • 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.

  • Dishtowel to Apron Transformation

    Dish towels are already the perfect tool to handle kitchen messes, and now you can use their cleaning skill to protect your clothes! Follow this Dishtowel to Apron Transformation to learn how to make an apron that looks brand new but won't cost you a cent.

Bath Towel Crafts

Hooded Baby Towel

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) will keep you and Baby dry and warm after any soapy spell!

  • Embellished Hooded Towel Tutorial

    Towels aren't usually this pretty, but by adding your own embellishments, even towel crafts can become works of art.

  • Recycled Bath Mat

    Take an old towel you no longer use and make a bath mat from it! You'll be an eco-friendly star—reduce, reuse, recycle!—after making this towel craft project.

Beach Towel Crafts

Beach Towel Dress

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). What more could you ask from your beach towels?

  • 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 towel to the pool or beach. Making crafts with towels is fun even your kids can join in on!

BONUS! New Towel Craft Ideas

Toothbrush Travel Case Tutorial

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)—to baby bibs. You'll never believe how many handy pieces can be made with towels you already have lying around in the house!

  • 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 Adorable Hooded Baby 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

    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. Use this towel apron pattern to keep yourself dry during bath time.

  • 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.

What's your favorite way to upcycle old towels? Let us know below in the comments!

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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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