No one wants to step out of a nice, warm shower to a cold, slippery bathroom floor. The quickest and easiest solution to this bath time conundrum? A bathmat! To get the shabby chic look we all love, and to save a few bucks, skip the trip to the store and try making your own bathmat instead. Except you’ll be using all recycled materials for a DIY mat with an amazing braided look.

Designer bathmats won’t hold a candle to the recycled mat that you can make right at home! This project can be easily customized, so you can use any fabric and colors you’d like, and it brings a texture to your bathroom decor that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

We especially love how this project allows you to recycle, too! If you had a few towels that you were considering tossing out, don’t even think about it. They’re exactly what you need to pull off this project. Plus, who would pass up an (adorable) opportunity to help out the environment?

Finished recycled towel bathmat.Nifty
While this project does require a little needlework, never fear. You don’t have to sew the entire mat! You’re only using a white or matching thread to sew together the ends of the braids you’ll be making with your towels and sewing together the coils at the end of the project. While the sewing is minimal, we’re including a quick sewing guide to get you started.

This project comes with a lot of freedom, especially considering the colors of your recycled mat. Whether you want to choose contrasting colors, colors within a palette, or the same color, it doesn’t matter. Go with what is going to compliment your existing bathroom decor!

No more slipping on wet tile and more cold feet right out of the shower! This DIY towel bathmat is an elegant and easy solution to your post-shower woes and a classy touch of decor for your bathroom.

What do you think about this DIY bathmat? Will you be braiding one of these for your bathroom floor? Share your thoughts on the eco-friendly project in the comments section below.

Recycled Towel Bathmat


  • 3 to 4 towels (of different or the same color)
  • Ruler
  • Razor or Rotary Cutter
  • Scissor
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread


1. Select the towels you’re going to use. Don’t be afraid to mix up colors and textures to give your bathmat a really unique look.

2. Cut the bath towels into strips using a cutting mat and rotary cutter (we made ours 3 inches wide).

3. Line up 3 strips. Cut off the border of the towels, if necessary. Pin and sew together. Remove the pin.

4. Fold the sides of 1 strip in toward the center, then fold in half. Pin to secure and repeat down the entire length of the strip. Repeat with the other 2 strips.

5. Braid the 3 strands, removing the pins as you go. When you reach the end, sew on more strips and continue until you run out. Sew the end to secure.

6. Twist the long braided rope into a coil. Sew together.