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DIY Personalized Handmade Towel Set: A Cute, Inexpensive Housewarming Gift

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.

Diy gift set towels
Personalized towel set DIY

How to make a personalized towel set

  1. Out of a large towel, I  cut two identical pieces of the desired size and discarded the “bad spots”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
Diy personalize towels

More ideas

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.

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  1. Miriam W. Cohen says:

    What did you use for the trim around the bath bath mat?

    1. Lana Mango says:

      The same fabric I used for the footsteps.

    2. Lana Mango says:

      It’s cotton fabric leftover from other projects. 😀

  2. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks A*. It's a good way of personalizing their towels, and remind them which belong where. They also love that they are involved in the making, even if it's only temporarily lending a hand (or foot). Little Mango loves stepping onto the footprints when she comes out of the shower.

    1. Lana Mango says:

      Homemade bias tape.

  3. I really really love this idea! (especially with the idea of matching hand-towels)

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