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« on: January 10, 2006 08:25:10 AM »

They're not stained, just too old/rough to use in the bath anymore.  I am saving them for use as rags/cleanup for a messy project, but I wondered if anyone had more creative/clever uses for them.

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2006 08:29:17 AM »

ooOOOOOoooo Are you handy with a crochet hook? OR can you braid? You could make nice durable rugs for the kitchen and bath (and anywhere really)... You can cut them into one inch or 2 inch strips, sew them end to end, and wind into a skein, and crochet, or you can make three seperate skeins and braid then join the braid into a round by hand sewing... I can give you more details if it interests you.... I am sure if you searched it, you could find something out there!

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2006 08:30:41 AM »

I know someone who once sewd a few old bath towels together and made a funny/comfy/cool bathrobe.   Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2006 08:35:16 AM »

You guys are so smart!   Shocked  Thank you for the cool ideas - I will keep an eye on this thread for more.  The bathrobe idea especially catches my fancy!

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2006 08:36:41 AM »

I have some old groovy-patterned 70's ones of my (late) grandparents' that are still in good shape. I, too, have been searching for an idea. I thought of sewing them together to make laundry bags (hanging ones) or other storage, but they don't actually match any of my decor. Meanwhile I am slowly destroying them by using them as dog towels...sigh...If I wasn't 2000 miles from the nearest beach I'd be tempted to sew up a beach bag! Oh! Maybe a gym bag or yoga bag!

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2006 08:47:22 AM »

It seems like a pretty durable picnic blanket could be made by sewing 4 or six together too.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006 09:24:06 PM »

This might only appeal to parents of babies, but I've used my old towels as stuffing for cloth diapers.  Towels with cool patterns and such can be used as an outer layer also.

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2006 06:31:37 PM »

Animal shelters are always in DESPERATE need of old towels for lonely little lost creatures to lie on. You could sew two together, stuff them and make a little bed for a homeless cat or dog. or donate them as is---the SPCA will love you!

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2006 08:45:41 AM »

I have this awesome, sweater/jacket that was created from those cool 70's bathtowels.  Each sleeve is sewn together, and then the pieces (sleeves, body) connected by a crochet technique. 

I got the sweater from my grandma (she had it for nearly 30 yrs. & never wore it), at our family garage sell several years ago.  It is the only piece of clothing that I own that gets compliments "every time" I wear it. 

I will post a picture soon. 

PS - I love it so much that I would love to find someone out there that could make another one for me   Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2006 08:57:44 AM »

what about slippers, the slip-on kind?

something like this: 

they could look really funky if you had cool patterned towelling!
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