Three very useful and easy to make things, you should make them in this order to minimize the amount of hems you’ll need to sew.
#1 A child’s bath robe.
Since it’s made of absorbant cotton rather than plaster cold water to your body polyester, it’s going to be used rather than tossed in the dressup pile. I decided to make a set to take to the super duper indoor pool so the kids can stay warm on the long march from the waterslide to the family change rooms. It’ll fit a kid from age 2-6.
In an effort to sew a straight line without the bother of pinning the whole piece I used a piece of chalk from my kids’ chalkboard. Now that is the way to do it, I’ll never pin again!
Since sewing and I don’t get along, I did not add buttons, nor applique, nor button holes, nor bias edging. I just sewed a straight zig zag along all the raw edges where the double fold bias was supposed to go.
#2 A body scrubber for the bath or shower.
You make this one second to use the finished edges leftover from the bathrobe project.
#3 Swiffer Sweeper refill cloths.
I zig zagged the edges together rather than straight stitched because I find this prevents fraying much better.
*Note from personal experience: You’re best off to add 1 inch to each of these measurements so it’ll actually fit over your swiffer sweeper. Or you could just forgo the closed ends and hem a wrap around piece of towel that tucks into the grooves just like the normal, disposable wipes.
If you had a sponge push mop you could adapt the size of the towel cover to fit over the mop instead and make your own sweeper. (that’s my idea)
I didn’t come up with any of these ideas on my own, I just googled “what to make with an old towel” and these were the best and most useful suggestions.