Upcycling towels – Here’s how you do that

Towels live forever, in this household. Well, almost forever, that is. The old towels that I took with me from home when I went to live on my own moved along with me through each stage in my life. Now and then, one doesn’t make it. Depending on how it ends of this one, it sometimes gets upcycled.

That’s what happened to my old Minnie Mouse towel. Once, in a past life, that towel survived many swimming classes. Once, it was white, with a very nice Minnie Mouse printed on it. Over time, it became more grey, and Minnie started to look a bit dishevelled. The edges started fraying, and it was clear Minnie wasn’t going to be able to go on much longer. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to prove this, you’ll just have to believe me (although it wouldn’t surprise me if my mum would be able to dig one up after reading this post)

Feeling only slightly melancholic, I took out scissors and ruler, and started cutting. Squares and rectangles. I overlocked the edges of each single one, and tada:


  • 7 makeup removal pads
  • 3 cleaning rags
  • 21 cheeky wipes

And one added example of cutting up a towel with print? You can always claim it’s a puzzle afterwards.


How about you? What happens to your towels when they start fraying? Do you recycle them, or do they go somewhere else?


Tipsy pen case

Hubby loves to have everything at hand to be able to make drawings and take notes. That’s why he’s dragging a pen case along every single day. The old one had been around for years, and needed to be replaced. As did half of its contents, by the way.

Tipsy pennenzak

The tipsy bag from Zo Geknipt 2 looked perfect for the job. And just as the reusable bag, this project is partly made of recycled materials. This time, I reused an old pair of jeans, that I had already used for a  bucket hat and for a page in my quiet book.

Tipsy pennenzak

The skull fabric is a Cloud 9 fabric.

Tipsy pennenzak

Since the jeans part seemed pretty big and empty, I used parts of the skull fabric for appliqué.

Tipsy pennenzak

Cut from the leftovers from cutting the oval piece.

Tipsy pennenzak

Let’s get that baby filled!

Tipsy pennenzak

Fabrics used

• Recycled jeans
• Cloud 9 Fabrics – Checkerbone, from Georgette.