3 Projects to Make Using Towels

Why not use towels as fabric for these easy decorating projects? They're sturdy, come in a rainbow of colors, and best of all, if they get dirty, just toss them in the washer and dryer and use them again.

Bring the plushness of terry from bath to bed with this easy no-sew skirt.

What You Need

  • 4 bath towels
  • 6 hand towels
  • 2 yards 2-inch-wide ball fringe
  • Fabric glue
  • Bedskirt tacks (optional)


  1. Glue ball fringe to the bottom of hand towels, then layer them with bath towels on top of the box spring for a bi-level dust ruffle.
  2. If you like, tack the towels in place with bedskirt screws.
  3. When you're ready to change your look, the towels can go back to work in the bathroom.

Monogrammed towels bring a classic Martha's Vineyard feel to your bathroom -- no matter where you're located.

Adjust the length of the shade using grommets and hooks. See the diagram below for how-tos.

This diagram shows the placement of grommets on a bath towel to make the Roman shade. We used a 30-x-58-inch bath towel. Adjust the placement of the grommets and hooks according to the size of your towel and window and how far apart you want the folds to be.

Fringed Pillow Cover

What You Need

  • Fringed hand towel
  • Small pillow form
  • Pins
  • Thread and needle or sewing machine


  1. To make the fringed pillow cover shown here, wrap a fringed hand towel around a small pillow form, overlapping the ends so the fringe shows on top.
  2. Pin the open edges together but leave the overlapping edges of the towel open.
  3. Remove pillow form and stitch edges together using needle and thread or sewing machine.
  4. Slip pillow form back into the pillow cover via the open flap.

Cushion Covers

What You Need

  • Bath towel (1 per cushion)
  • Cushion
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread


  1. To make the cushion covers shown in the picture above, center a cushion on a bath towel and fold the towel over the cushion.
  2. Pin one side, remove the cushion, and pin the other.
  3. Sew along the pinned lines with a sewing machine, removing pins as you go.
  4. Trim any excess towel on the outside of the seams and turn the cushion cover inside out.
  5. Slip cushion into cover, positioning overlap on bottom.


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