I don’t like bath rugs, I find them a bit unhygienic. Instead, I use “floor towels”, or whatever the name is. They are washed every time we do laundry, and they seem to last at least a couple of years if one has two or three to rotate them.
Because the bathroom is small, standard-size floor towels don’t fit, so I made towel rugs with some old towels that were otherwise headed for the trash bin, and with some new towels (I could have bought the fabric by the yard too) I made matching hand towels. It would also make for a lovely handmade towel set for gifting.
How to make a personalized towel set
- Out of a large towel, I cut two identical pieces of the desired size and discarded the “bad spots”.
- On a piece of durable fabric, I traced feet. I then placed this fabric on one of the pieces of towels I cut and traced it with a zigzag stitch.
- I cut outside the zigzag, joined both pieces of towel fabric, and covered the edges with matching fabric. I sewed some curvy lines inside to keep them from separating (like you would do with a quilt).
- I bought new hand towels and sewed an edge from the same matching fabric. I could have also made hands appliques by tracing her hands, but this is more complex than feet, so I went for an easy approach.
Buy ready-made floor towels, and hand towels, and sew the appliques if you are doing this for a gift.
I’d personally only use recycled towels for myself, it’s my own towel, and I am saving it from the landfill just a bit longer.
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A personalized bathroom rug on the cheap, what’s not to love about it?!
What’s even better about this project, you don’t really need a sewing machine (though that makes it easier). You can make combinations with other similar or complementary fabrics, like this other version.