Magnificent DIY Bath Mat

No more slipping on wet tile and cold feet right out of the shower! This DIY towel bath mat is an elegant and easy solution to your post-shower woes and a classy touch of decor for your bathroom. The best part of this DIY project? You’re using recycled materials!

Three bath towels quickly turn into a designer no-slip bath mat. The designer look will impress your family while providing your four-legged friends a warm spot to lie on the tile.    

Rugs can tie an entire room together and this DIY bath mat can introduce colors recently used for a bathroom remodel or act as a focal decor piece.  

So you save money by using towels already being swapped out for new ones. And you don’t need to be crafty as this entire project is less than ten steps. With this video, you’ll be a pro and you get to create something super functional.

DIY Bath Mat


  • 3 different colored, regular-sized bath towels
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Upholstery thread


  1. Place a bath towel on a cutting mat and use a rotary cutter to cut into strips, 3 inches wide. With scissors cut the borders of each strip. Repeat with remaining towels.
  2. Line up 3 strips, one of each color. Pin in place at the end and sew together. Remove the pin.
  3. Begin with one strip then repeat with the remaining two. Fold the sides in toward the middle, then fold in half. Pin in place every 3 – 4 inches the entire length of the strip.
  4. Braid the three strands together. Remove the pins as you braid. Sew on more strips when you reach the end and repeat the folding and braiding until no more strips remain.
  5. Twist the rope braid into a coil, start in the center and stitch the rug together. When you come to the end, securely sew the tip of the braid to the outside edge of the coil. 
  6. Finishing the edge: Fold the end over on itself so the frayed edge is hidden and sew together to secure.

Crafter’s Tips


  • Make sure the needle is facing away from you so there is less chance of sticking yourself!
  • It is nice to use a towel that has a grid texture as it makes it easier to cut.
  • The strips do need to be wide enough so you can fold them into themselves. The wider the better. 
  • The bath towels can be replaced with old T-shirts. 
  • If you want to further evolve this DIY project, consider making the “bath mat” into a smaller scale project like placemats. Use any fabric you like! 

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DIY project adapted from Sisters of the Wild West.