How-To: Make An Eco-Friendly Bath Mat

By: Capreek Mar 29, 2011

created at: 03/29/2011

Perhaps in the whirlwind that is Spring Cleaning, you've encountered some towels that have seen better days.  Before you throw them away, consider repurposing them as an eco-chic bath mat!  

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The style of this mat takes inspiration from rag rugs but, with the use of towels, is better suited for the bathroom.  I mean, what could be more absorbant than a billowing pile of towels beneath your feet?  Nothing.

This project is easy and only requires 2 materials: old towels and gridded matting (sometimes called anti-slip matting).

For more instructions or to see the whole process, check out this video how-to on Fine Craft Guild.

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Hi, I just shared the photo on my blog artygreeninparadise.blogspot.com and linked back for the directions on your cool t-shirt bathmat. Thanks a lot!

My grandmother used this same way to make rag rugs back in the 60s   She took old tshirts or similar fabric and they lasted forever.  You can paint a pattern on the grid and follow it so your rug has a design.  

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Someone appears to be selling this pattern and using your photos:

listia dot com/auction/8073348-eco-friendly-bath-rug

Anon, visit the source site: http://www.finecraftguild.com/eco-friendly-bath-mat-fun-diy-project-to-do-in-the-easter-break/ and you can find 2 pages with details, including where to get the matting.

I am currently trying to make a rug, and yes it does shed all over the place, I also wonder if when it needs washing if it will just shred to pieces. It is looking pretty cute, but what a mess it makes in the process. Also wonder if the mat will fall apart in the washer, time will tell I guess.

Answers to all the questions = at SOURCE,  in the articles about this rug: http://www.finecraftguild.com/eco-friendly-bath-mat-fun-diy-project-to-do-in-the-easter-break/ and http://www.finecraftguild.com/handmade-rugs/ (for good karma, please do not copy content, but link to it.) 

 

still wondering if you can wash it in a washing machine or if the matting will break apart???

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That's so cool I just need to know about where to find the gridded mat!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? ????????????????????

I purchased my gridded mat from Home Depot's Flooring Department. The grid is flexible and slip proof. The price was about $7 or $8.

This is for sure to shed the way most towels are made to give them their pile is threads being looped with the lengthwise and crosswise threads. If you ever have had a towel for a long time and it gets thin you can see the length and cross threads the loops have come out leaving the thin cloth.
This is for sure to shed the way most towels are made to give them their pile is threads being looped with the lengthwise and crosswise threads. If you ever have had a towel for a long time and it gets thin you can see the length and cross threads the loops have come out leaving the thin cloth.

Where will i get the Mattie in Atlanta???

im in te process of making one now and let me tell you it sheds like crazy!

What a great idea! you can also take it to the next level by adding patterns and designs to it.

A great project for a rainy day with the kids!

can it be washed???

the hard rug base can be had at a craft store, usually found in the hooked rug section.  I'm thinking about using t-shirts.  Just Another Project! 

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Good to know!!  Thank you SO much!  Im going to give it a try!!!

I'm not sure about the shedding issue, but for the mat I would suggest the hard one.  The soft, squishier ones would probably tear while you're trying to tie the knots!

I was wondering about the fraying/shedding also?  I really want to make one because it is absolutely adorable but if it sheds a lot Im not sure I want to have to vaccum my bathroom every time someone steps on the rug. I have also seen 2 different gridded mats...one that is hard and then one that is the kind people put under rugs which is kinda squishy...which is the correct one to use?  Thank you for sharing your idea!!

Hi Seleah -- It's called a rug liner and you should be able to buy it by the yard. I've seen it at Joanns for sure (it's on their site right here if you want to see what it looks like).  Hope that helps!

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