How to sew bathroom rugs from upcycled towels and sheets! Fast, easy and ecofriendly! | www.cucicucicoo.com

Sew a bathroom rug… from towels and sheets!

How to sew bathroom rugs from upcycled towels and sheets! Fast, easy and ecofriendly! | www.cucicucicoo.com

I just love making my own bathroom rugs! They’re small so they’re generally fast to make and I just love the feeling of a squishy bathmat under my feet when I get out of the shower! So we have quite the collection of bathroom mats that I’ve made over the years. Ages ago I showed you how to knit a bathroom rug from strips of old t-shirts, and that rug is still one of our favorites. Then I sewed a bunch of rugs from upcycled towels and bedsheets (and then realized the hard way that it makes much more sense to zig-zag the edges to avoid fraying). And after that I made some smaller mats with feet for my daughter and I to use in the locker room at the pool. (She no longer takes swimming lessons, but I am still going strong and still use both of those mats myself.)

However I never created a real tutorial on how to sew these bathmats and decided to do so as the practical tutorial for the latest lesson in the Learn to Machine Sew series: the zig zag stitch!

How to sew bathroom rugs from upcycled towels and sheets! Fast, easy and ecofriendly! | www.cucicucicoo.com

And another great thing about this project is that you just need old towels and bedsheets (or whatever other cotton fabic instead of sheets). So if you raid your linen closet and clean out things you don’t need anymore, these rugs are totally free to make! Yah! I used part of an old sheet that I’d already cut up to sew a cover for my husband’s amplifier, scraps of a green towel (that I used for the pool footmats) and a hand-me-down hooded towel for babies that was wearing too thin for me to feel comfortable with handing down to someone else.

How to sew bathroom rugs from upcycled towels and sheets! Fast, easy and ecofriendly! | www.cucicucicoo.com

In this tutorial I will show you how to make rugs in two different styles, but you can really personalize these however you want: stripes, circles, swirls, shapes, letters… I suggest you take a look at the other posts that I linked to in the first paragraph of this post to get an idea of some options. You could also make a rectangle with a curve cut out of one long side to put around the base of the toilet. The sky’s the limit!

Today I’ll show you how to make a bathroom rug with stripes and a smaller rug with two circles to put your pet’s food dishes on! In theory it’s the kids’ job to feed and water the cat each evening before bed, so I thought it would make it fun for them to center the dishes on the circles, which are also handy for soaking up the water which always ends up sloshing out of the water dish! Let’s get started! Read more

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Learn to Machine Sew: How to Zig Zag Stitch | www.cucicucicoo.com

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