Today’s Upcycle: Serging an Old Towel into New Washcloths
At this point, my boyfriend knows to run it buy me before he throws anything big out, because I will pull things out of the garbage to save them, and no one wants that. So when he wanted to throw away a slightly ripped up towel with a hole at one end, he was nice enough to ask me first, and of course I said I wanted it for a project.
Here is the end result of that project, all thanks to my serger:
So you’re thinking, “All right, I know that the square things are washcloths, but what’s that whale shaped thing?”
That is a towel wrap for one’s hair so you don’t have to put a whole bath towel around your head and give your neck a cramp. I received two of them years ago, branded as “Turbie Twists.” I think there is also a more complicated “Turbini” on the market, but this kind is simple and awesome. Alas, I only had two, so they’re usually in my hamper. Now I have a third!
The construction couldn’t have been easier. First, I laid out the original onto the towel and cut around it twice (I barely gave it any seam allowance; this is not a precise project).
Then I pinned them right-sides together, put a 2-inch piece of elastic where it went on the original (it’s the little white square on the right of the pink turbie in the picture above), and serged the two pieces together on the curved side.
All that was left was serging the hem, although the original had woven binding: a prettier but more time consuming option. That’s it! DONE!
Not only did this project reuse something that was otherwise destined for a landfill, but using turban-style head wraps to dry your hair is a great way to save on water and electricity/gas. My hair takes forever to dry in the air, so if you’re like me and need to use something other than a body towel to dry your hair, you’re using less towel with this and therefore need to clean less towel.