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January 13, 2014

One of the reasons I feature repurposefulness on Mondays is
because it's a great way to kick off the week.  Who doesn't love
to save time, money, and keep stuff out of the landfill?

Whether it's for your family's travel use or as a gift,
a simple hand towel makes a great travel caddy:
Keep this idea in mind this Summer when you
send the kids off to camp or pack for vacation.

Here's a similar idea for a Baby Bundle Towel:

Anyone who has ever traveled with a baby can certainly appreciate
this idea.  Click here for the easy tutorial.  Excellent baby shower gift!

Old wood hangers make excellent towel hooks:
Turn Old Hangers into Towel Hooks {repurpose}
Tip Junkie

Multi-colored picture frames give a
contemporary twist to a bathroom:
Love repurposes items!!

How adorable is this headboard towel hanger?
Beneath My Heart

It's a relief to know that I'm not the only person who
struggles with getting a trash bag out of the box:
Get ready for all those fall leaves by having your  recyclable trash bags within easy reach on a repurposed towel rack.
This roll was hung on a towel rod.  Genius!

FACT:  Most slippers have plastic or rubber
soles which wear out your carpet over time.
Cut Out and Keep
Try making a pair of repurposed towel slippers that are warm and
carpet friendly.  Click here for the simple pattern and tutorial.

I'm one of the few people who hadn't heard that celebrity chef
Rachel Ray uses an old t-shirt instead of a towel to dry her hair.

Definitely gonna' try this one.

Re-purposed towels into bath animals-
What do you do with towels that start to show a little wear and tear?  How 'bout making wash cloth puppets out of the good parts of the towel?

TIP:  Estate Sales are the best sources for old towels and vintage linens.

Here's a cute idea for upcycling faded kitchen tea towels:
repurposed vintage tea towels for bunting
Any country kitchen could use a little bunting and banners.

Talullah Sophie is a darling Etsy shop where you can
purchase imaginative creations made from vintage linens:
Vintage ... THURSDAY ... Days of the Week Tea Towel Repurposed  .. Embroidered Puppy Shopping Market Tote Bag Purse 
Talullah Sophie
The center of this unique tote bag is an old embroidered tea towel.

Every scrap of a vintage linen can be used:
Montclair Made

A $5 imitation coffee sack tea towel
was repurposed into a darling pillow:
Before                                           After
Coffee Sack Tea Towel

Easy Sew Grain Sack Cushion from a Kitchen Towel
The Painted Hive
I love the pillow and the puppy!

And who couldn't love these precious terry cloth kittens? 

Click here for the surprisingly simple tutorial that will help
you turn old terry cloth towels into treasured stuffed animals.

If you're into classic cars, see if you recognize this wash cloth holder: Repurposed 1976 Chevy valve cover to put my wash cloths in to match my car part theme bathroom.
It's a valve cover from a '76 Chevy!

Love this idea:

Old glass bottle milk crate repurposed into a wash cloth organizer.  See more at
An antique milk bottle crate is being used
to store hand towels and wash cloths.

Well, we pretty much stayed in the bathroom for this Repurposeful
Monday, didn't we?  Hope you got some great ideas and inspiration.


  1. I like the idea of the trash bag bar and the pillow is cool!!!!

  2. Love the caddies made from hand towels. Also liked the garbage bag on the towel roll.

  3. what a great selection of ideas! I love the cats and the slippers and the use of vintage linen, oh heck, I LOVE them all!

  4. Great ideas....I'm going to use several of them. Love your helpful hints.

  5. My new house is just screaming for your decorating expertise---do you make house calls? Welcome back to Florida! Can't wait to see you. Your BFF

  6. I have a stack of vintage embroidered kitchen towels that my great grandmother sent to me years ago. I want to display them and reuse them somehow without destroying them completely.