Braided Rug From Old Towels

We all know we can recycle bath towels that are worn in spots to become potholders or washcloths. But, another nifty way to recycle them is to make them into braided rugs. These absorbent and washable rugs are great for the bathroom or by a door for people to put wet shoes and boots on.


Cut the towels into 2 inch strips, and attach strips to each other to make 3 large balls of strips (similar to balls of yarn). Braid the 3 strips together. When your braid is good and long, start your rug in your desired shape, and sew the braid down with thread that coordinates in color. You can make your rug as big as you like (and add to it later). Or, you can make your strips more narrow and instead of a rug make coasters or place mats. For care, wash on gentle (to keep your stitching in place). If large, lay flat or hang to dry.

By mom-from-missouri from NW MO


February 24, 20110 found this helpful
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Wonderful idea! You can also make "step out" rugs with towels. Stitch 3 or 4 of them together at the sides. Then stitch lengthwise at intervals of about 2 inches from one end to the other. Then cut through all but the bottom layer between the stitching. When you finish cutting stitch across each end and throw in the washer. The more you wash the fluffier it gets. You can also put puff paint on the bottom to keep from slipping.

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September 27, 20160 found this helpful

Why are you stitching across the ends again?

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September 27, 20160 found this helpful

Why are you stitching across the ends again? For the step out rugs

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