The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 2: Freshen Up an Old Towel

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DIY Bias Tape Washcloths

Don’t get rid of those old, worn-out bath towels! Freshen them up with some homemade bias tape and turn them into cute washcloths instead.

Freshen up an old towel with bias tape

The first thing you’ll need to do is make your own fun, colorful bias tape. Click here to get last week’s how to.

Completed roll of homemade bias tape

Next, find an old towel that has seen better days.

An old towel

Get rid of those shriveled up towel ends.

Cut off the end of the old towel

Then cut the towel into 10″x10″ squares (or whatever size you desire).

Squares of cut towel with rotary cutter

Mark your desired corner shape with a washable fabric marker.  I used a canning jar lid for my template.

Canning jar lid on towel to create round corners

Cut along your lines on each corner.

Rounded corner

Open your bias tape and pin around the edges of the washcloth lining up the raw edges of the bias tape with the raw edges of the washcloth.

Pin raw edges of bias tape to raw edges of washcloth

Leave a couple of extra inches on both ends of the bias tape.

Leave extra inches of bias tape where the edges meet

Start sewing your seam a few inches from the end of the tape.

Sew seam a few inches of the edge of tape

Sew the bias tape to the washcloth using the first fold line as your guide.

Sew seam with sewing machine for ease

Stop sewing a few inches before the end of the bias tape. Fold and press the ends so the folds are touching and use the folds as your seam guide.

Fold and press the end of the bias tape with an iron

Right sides together, pin and sew the ends of the bias tape along the pressed fold.

Pin and sew right sides together along the pressed fold

Trim and press the seam allowance open and finish stitching the bias tape to the washcloth.

Trim and press the seam allowance open

Refold the bias tape and bring it around all the edges of the washcloth and pin in place.

Fold bias tape and pin in place

Using a zigzag stitch and going slow to be sure to catch the edge of the bias tape, sew the bias tape to the washcloth and remove the pins as you sew.

Zigzag stitch along the end of the bias tape using a sewing machine

Use a fun combination of bias tape to create your own fresh new set of washcloths from your old towels.

Three wash clothes each with different patterned bias tape

Have fun and stay tuned for another fun bias tape project next week!

Beth

Don’t forget to read The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 1: Make Your Own to get started!

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