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How-To: Make An Eco-Friendly Bath Mat

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!  

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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Anne on Jan 27, 2014:

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!


Holly on Jun 03, 2013:

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.  


j. sanders on Jan 30, 2013:

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


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


Rose on Jan 29, 2013:

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.


Anonymous on Jan 29, 2013:

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.


Fine Craft Guild (who wrote the bath rug article) on Nov 05, 2012:

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.) 


 


niki on Sep 30, 2012:

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


RANDOM PERSON on Sep 29, 2012:

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


Anonymous on Jun 09, 2012:

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.


Anonymous on May 28, 2012:

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.


Anonymous on May 28, 2012:

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.


Ana on Apr 26, 2012:

Where will i get the Mattie in Atlanta???


Anonymous on Apr 15, 2012:

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


TaliDesign on Mar 22, 2012:

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!


niki on Mar 16, 2012:

can it be washed???


mom2347 on Feb 23, 2012:

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! 


shamrock2981 on Feb 17, 2012:

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


CapreeK on Feb 17, 2012:

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!


Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012:

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!!


CapreeK on Feb 17, 2012:

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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