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beach towelSummer is officially over and it's time to pack up summer things and make room for fall and winter. I have lots of old beach towels that just aren't going to make it through another summer. Our local thrift store isn't interested in them because they can't sell them, and they cost the store time and money when they end up having to throw the towels out.

I'd really rather not throw these out, so I went looking for ways to re-purpose them. After the break I'll let you in on 10 uses for old beach towels. I'd love to hear your ideas too.




  1. Make rags - Really, it doesn't matter what your rags look like, and every house could use another batch of cloths that can be soiled to no end. Round the edges and sew them for quality cloths or just cut and use them for rags.

  2. Keep them in the trunk of your car - Keep a few old towels in the trunk of you car. The ways you'll use them are countless. Consider arriving at a park to find a wet slide, or changing a greasy tire, wiping your windshield or keeping a new purchase from breaking in the trunk.

  3. Make baby bibs - If there is a baby in your house, you know how hard it is to keep up on laundry and how important it is to have a bib handy for every meal. Make bibs out of the towel material. You don't have to make them fancy or complicated, just more to have on hand.

  4. Make a duster - Pin your old towel over a broom and use it as a duster. This is really useful in bringing down cobwebs.

  5. Make some pot holders - Cut and weave the pieces of towel into pot holders.

  6. Make an Apron - Aprons are like bibs, or at least the way I cook they need to be. I need something close to wipe my hands on and keep my clothes clean. Use your old towel to make a terry apron. Just insert a braid of fabric or elastic and tie it in the back.

  7. Make a huge beach towel - Sew a few towels together, cutting out the damaged areas. You'll have a new giant beach towel for next year.

  8. Donate them to an animal shelter - Your local thrift store might not want them, but your neighborhood animal shelter does. At this time of year particularly, shelters are asking for towel and blanket donations.

  9. Make a beach bag - You'll need some sewing skills, but salvaging the good parts of a few towels could turn into a great beach bag.

  10. Make a child's bath toy - Again with the sewing skills, but I know many of you are talented in this area. Why not turn pieces of the old towel into a bath toy for your child. You don't need anything fancy, just a basic mitt puppet, great for play and for washing.
[via: Frugal Families, Kermit's Team, Thrifty Fun]

  • Suz

    You can also cut them up and make a colorful coverlet for your sofa or bed....

    Reply
  • Amanda

    If you have more than one old beach towel, sew a pocket hem into one end of each towel and hang pairs of them on window curtain rods for easy colorful curtains in a child's room.

    Reply
  • Mick

    My husband and I put the darker ones over some of our windows in the winter to save on heating costs.

    Reply
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