Top 13 Ways to Reuse Old Towels and Sheets

Top 13 Ways to Reuse Old Towels and Sheets

Re-nest put together 10 very clever ways to re-use old towels and sheets and I've thrown in three of my personal favs as well.

  1. Turn old sheets and blankets into ironing board covers.
  2. Donate them to your local animal shelter.
  3. Turn towels into knotted doggie toys.
  4. Convert little-worn sheets into curtains.
  5. Stash an old sheet in the trunk of your car for impromptu picnics.
  6. Towels and sheets in good condition but no longer your style can be donated to local homeless shelters.
  7. Hem the edges and make your own dishtowels.
  8. Old sheets can be made into tablecloths, napkins, table runners ans placemats.
  9. Sheets can also be used as lining in clothing construction.
  10. And, of course, they can be used as cleaning cloths.
  11. Keep an old towel in your trunk to protect it from soil spills that occur when delivering plants from the store to home. Old rugs work great for this too.
  12. Old sheets, depending on their color, of course, can be used for backdrops in photography.
  13. Keep an old hand towel tucked under the car seat for spill clean-ups. I also use one to tuck under my knees when I've sprayed on a tan to keep the leather upholstery clean. (Yes, I sometimes air-brush on a tan, but only for special occasions when a dress is involved.)

POST UPDATE: I thought of another one. Old sheets, if they're the right color, can be great backdrops!!

For more information regarding these tips, visit Re-Nest.

Image courtesy of tanakawho on Flickr.


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Anonymous on Sep 12, 2014:

Fold an old beach towel into thirds, then sew around the edges to make a bathmat for camping or to keep by the pool.  VERY absorbant!

DIY Maven on Feb 17, 2009:

Goodness, two more excellent tips! Re-nest is going to have to update its list. ;)

sillygirl on Feb 16, 2009:

My pup likes to 'nest'... so I end up with a lot of perfectly good flat sheets (along with a ripped up fitted sheet). So what I like to do is:

1. Use the flat sheet to make body pillow covers - they're always so hard to find and usually pink furry teenage things, plus if you have another set (or can find one) you get whole matching set :)

2. Make a simple slipcovers for my living room furniture - so he can't destroy anything else! Plus when company comes over, just throw them in the laundry basket and it's like you never had a pet (also excellent for allergies).

DIY Maven on Feb 16, 2009:

Making sleepwear out of sheets is a GREAT idea!!!

lisapea on Feb 16, 2009:

I once had a very nice, comfortable old sheet that got a big rip in it that made it unusable as a sheet, so I made it into pajama pants.

The pair I made was kind of weird because I'm not very good at sewing, but someone with passable skills could probably rehab sheets with tears or stains into all kinds of sleepwear. Sheets are already soft and comfortable enough for sleeping.

DIY Maven on Feb 16, 2009:

Very good tips to add to the list! Thanks Kestrel!!

kestrel on Feb 16, 2009:

My mom use to take hand towels and wash cloths, fold them up into smaller squares and make hot pads out of them.

Another good use for bath towels is to keep them in case you need to move heavy objects around.  If I have to move heavy potted plants I just move them on to an old towel and drag the towel around and I don't have to worry about scratching floors.

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