Mother Earth Living


Try This: Bath Towel Pillow

Turn used towels into a soft, inviting bath pillow.



Here we combined a scrolling border design from a bath towel with a textured hand towel. Or use four washcloths to create color-blocked quadrants for a striking graphic look.
Check your linen closet or junk stores for old soft towels in interesting color combinations or compelling textures. Sometimes the pattern is a narrow border across the top, which can be put to good use as edging or a center panel for a pillow.
We used a mix of Styrofoam peanuts, plastic shopping bags and scraps of toweling to make an eco-friendly stuffing.
Check your linen closet or junk stores for old soft towels in interesting color combinations or compelling textures. Sometimes the pattern is a narrow border across the top, which can be put to good use as edging or a center panel for a pillow.
Here four washcloths come together to make the front of a pillow cover. We sewed standard 5/8-inch seams throughout, then zigzagged and trimmed the edges to prevent fraying.
Cut the pillow front to be of equal size to the back, then pin and sew them together. Remember that the right sides of the fabric should face one another.
For the back of the pillow cover, we used a single hand towel cut in half. Overlap the two halves 3 inches to 6 inches (use the finished edge of the towel for less sewing), then pin them together.
For the pillow insert (the part that holds the stuffing), we used an old pillowcase cut to size. Once stuffed and stitched, it fits through the overlapping opening of the pillow cover. No need for zippers or buttons.

















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