How To Make A Shower Pouf From An Old Upcycled Towel

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I really do not like those plastic shower poufs that come so often in toiletries gift sets. They are made of plastic for a start. They go smelly and mouldy, cannot be washed, and so end up going to landfill. And so today I am going to show you a way of making them from upcycled materials. Here is how to make a shower pouf from an old upcycled towel.

 

How To Make A Shower Pouf From An Old Upcycled Towel

 

How to make a shower pouf from an old upcycled towel. Instead of a plastic shower scrubber, use a sustainable, zero waste and eco friendly alternative bath puff. See my step by step DIY sewing tutorial here. Great upcycling idea, and if you make it with a new towel they are a great gift, present or perfect to sell too!

 

If you are anything like me, you use a lot of towels, and over time they go very shabby looking. Well, do not throw them away! They can be so good for upcycling into other projects, like swiffer mop covers, make up remover pads, or reusable kitchen roll.

See all the ways you can reuse your old towels.

But this is one of my favourite ways to upcycle them. 

 

You Will Need

 

Materials for making towelling shower pouf

  • some pieces of old towelling, including the edge cuttings – my long strips were 14 inches long by 3 inches wide, and my towelling edging was 17 inches long
  • Some scissors
  • A sewing machine and optional overlocker

I particularly love this project as it is a way of using up the edges of the old towel, which tend to be too thick to use up in other projects. 

 

Firstly, take the two long pieces of towelling and overlock them, or use a narrow edging stitch on your normal sewing machine. Old towels tend to fray and shed horribly when cut up. So you do need to go around the edges to seal it or there will be bits everywhere!

Overlocking the towel edge

 

Take the two long strips and lay the long towelling edge piece sandwiched the long way down the centre.

Assembling the pouf

 

Sew the long strips together at either side of the edge piece, making sure that you don’t sew through the edge piece and that it can move freely.

 

Sewing the centre into the pouf

 

Pull both ends of the towelling strip together around the central edging strip. Ruche the towelling strips to form a pouf shape. As you do this, tie a double knot in the edging strip to secure the pouf in place. And sew the ends of the strip together, to form a hanging loop for your pouf.

And you are done!

 

How to make a shower pouf from an old upcycled towel. Instead of a plastic shower scrubber, use a sustainable, zero waste and eco friendly alternative bath puff. See my step by step DIY sewing tutorial here. #sewing #showerpouf #showerpuff #unsponges #bathroomswaps #upcycling #sustainable #zerowaste

 

This pouf is fully washable, though it will work well if just left to dry between uses. I would suggest that you untie the knot ands lay it flat for washing, to get right through to the centre.

I would also suggest that you wash it every few days, as some people have expressed a concern that it may go mouldy in the centre. Why not make a few, and then you can always have one on the go?

If it does get too shabby or unusable, it can be cut up. And if you have used cotton threads, it can all be composted!

Finally, these can also be used to scrub your dishes! But for an even better option see my unsponges tutorial.

It is definitely a much more sustainable, ecofriendly version of the nasty plastic versions. And can even be made from new towelling and given as a gift. 

How to make a shower pouf from an old upcycled towel. Instead of a plastic shower scrubber, use a sustainable, zero waste and eco friendly alternative bath puff. See my step by step DIY sewing tutorial here. #sewing #showerpouf #showerpuff #unsponges #bathroomswaps #upcycling #sustainable #zerowaste

 

Want an even harsher scrubber sponge? See my burlap shower pouf tutorial.

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a shower pouf from an old upcycled towel. Do you think you could use these?  I would love to know your thoughts. Comment below or do find me on social media.

 

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How to make a shower pouf from an old upcycled towel. Instead of a plastic shower scrubber, use a sustainable, zero waste and eco friendly alternative bath puff. See my step by step DIY sewing tutorial here. #sewing #showerpouf #showerpuff #unsponges #bathroomswaps #upcycling #sustainable #zerowaste

 

 

 

 

7 Replies to “How To Make A Shower Pouf From An Old Upcycled Towel”

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you for reading. This is such a simple make.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I will never buy a plastic one again! These are really cute!

      Reply
  1. Kathy says:

    Great idea! I never throw away old towels until they are totally unusable for something. That usually comes when they are used to clean up something that can’t be washed out. They are great for lining baby bibs, swiffer mop pads and swiffer dusting pads.

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  2. Melanie says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I am always looking for low cost, recycled gift ideas….and to make them as easily as possible.
    For people who don’t have an overlocker, something that will make this an easier project is to look really carefully at the finished edges of your towel before you start cutting, with the aim of using as many as possible of the finished edges in your final product. For example, cutting across the short end of a hand towel will only leave you one seam to cut and therefore only one long edge to finish by zig zag. If any of the existing bound edges are not in great condition reinforcing a fraying edge by zigzagging across it is far less work (and gives a better finish) than cutting them off and zigzagging them.

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