Make a Cozy DIY Bath Mat

Repurpose old bath towels and cotton sheets to make a cozy DIY bath mat with just a little sewing.

| March 2015

In Handmade Home (Trumpeter Books, 2009), Amanda Blake Soule offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities and personalities of today’s families. Our homes are a place of comfort, nourishment and love, and the 33 projects in Handmade Home express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a simpler, more connected and more mindful life. The following DIY bath mat project from "Nurture" is perfect for repurposing old towels and sheets.

With busy little ones in and out of the bathroom—and the spills and the messes and the mud that follow them—nothing beats a bathroom rug that can be tossed right in the washing machine and hung out on the line to dry quickly. This project, which also provides the comfortable feeling of standing on a worn in, soft towel, can be easily adapted to your own design and taste. It’s also a wonderful project for showcasing some of those funky retro towels from your youth! Use this pattern as a base for what works well in your home and with your style.

Pattern Details

• Intermediate
• A half-day project
• Finished size: 34 inches x 21 inches

Use What You Have

This project will make excellent use of bath towels and cotton sheets no longer in use or purchased used. (The photographed rug is made from a vintage sheet for the base and vintage towels for the back and the strips.)


Approximately 2 yards total, as follows:
• Fabric 1: (1) 34-inch x 21-inch piece of cotton for the top
• Fabric 2: (1) 34-inch x 21-inch bath towel for the rug bottom (Note: If you do not have a towel this large, piece together strips of towel to get the proper size.)
• Fabric 3: (8) 2-inch x 22-inch strips of towel for the top
• Optional: Puffy fabric paint (available from local arts and craft supply store)

Make the Bath Mat

1. Prepare Materials: Gather all materials and cut all fabrics to the measurements given above.

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