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Michelle shows us how to make an eco-friendly yet luxuriant bath mat using old, worn-out towels.

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Comment by Ags on March 3, 2012 at 8:04pm

And I was thinking of all the "shedding" it would do.  You get a lot of little fibers falling off whenever you cut a towel, wouldn't you have to deal with that all the time with all those cut strips?  I like the idea, but I think recycling some cotton t-shirts should work pretty well.

Comment by Susan on March 2, 2012 at 8:39am

@Carli Heinrichs that is actually a GREAT IDEA.  Simply tacking them down with a straight stitch instead of pulling them through a grid.  I think you just saved me an hour of driving and 10-20 $.  

Comment by Susan on March 2, 2012 at 8:37am

My grid was very flexible, however it did not work out as I kept tearing the holes open larger than needed.   :/   I'm going to Michaels, and the home building supply stores this weekend to see what I can find to replace it.  

I did however, whip up two really sweet bathmats by sacrificing yucky old towels and serged a nice flannel onto one side to match my bathroom decor.  They are not plush and fluffy like the mat featured above, but, they are still quite absorbent and nice looking to boot.  We have five kids, so bath mats get swapped out contantly.  I can always use extra!!

Comment by nancy rinas on March 1, 2012 at 1:00pm

I like the idea, sounds easy and fun.I don't think it was used towels, it looked too fluffy to me.
Is the grid soft or hard? Was the grid finished on the edges?

Comment by GT on February 28, 2012 at 8:02pm
Looks nice, but Im thinking this is probably a use-once-then-throw-away project, because arent those knots going 2 come untied, if you wash it?
Comment by EDITH on February 28, 2012 at 11:54am

Yes, I am eager to know if it's washable also!

Comment by Carli Heinrichs on February 28, 2012 at 11:21am

Thanks for this, another way to reuse, YEH!

I've used old t-shirts and then with sewing machine, I sew the strips same same size as in this video down onto another old towel. I'm still working on it.

Comment by Joan Gapinski on February 28, 2012 at 10:44am

What a wonderful idea.  I think that after the first washing it would just get shaggier.   

Comment by Susan on February 28, 2012 at 10:12am

I'm going to try that grip underlay you put under rugs...  like this stuff:

2'x8' Vantage Premium Grip Non Slip Runner Rug Pad for Hard Floor S...

Comment by Karen Phillips on February 28, 2012 at 10:08am

Serging would eliminate all that cutting too if it isn't too thick to run through the machine..good idea!

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