We took several well worn towels (and wash clothes) out of our RV that had become favorites and "old stand-bys". They are getting a new life; crocheted into a rug, mat, seat cushion, or other useful item. They had become so thin from use for so long and some had holes, and were really only fit for the rag bag!
I cut them into strips and rolled them into balls until I got time recently to work with them. They can be cut in a continual piece if you spiral cut the whole item. If not, cut the strips and connect them.
You have to be pretty good at realizing what you can hook through loops as you work and what will become a challenge or a "tug-of-war"
So, before you start cutting, hold the towel or washcloth in your hands and scrunch to decide how thick you need to cut the strips. Less worn material will require a more narrow strip. The more worn out it is, the wider you need to cut it.
Cut one of the better items first, those that have had less use, and from that, decide how wide you need to cut the items with more use.
I started a rug/mat project a couple of days ago. I am using the largest crochet hook available here. I am crocheting it round, because I find it easier to crochet round ones. You might feel up to making a different shape.
My towels and washcloths which had become too worn out to be much use to absorb water and certainly too worn out to be hung in the bathroom are going to useful once again, remade into a thicker handmade item.
If you have several of the same size, they could also be stacked and stitched together to add more thickness.
My camera isn't working or I would post images to show how far along I am with it! Maybe later...
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