Top 5 Ways To Re-purpose Tablecloths And Tea Towels

by Editor on May 10, 2013


Upcycling is the new way to help the environment and to bring a bit of individuality to your home and wardrobe. Tablecloths and tea towels don’t always last very long, but instead of adding them to landfill, why not upcycle them into something that will brighten your home? From bags to coasters to handkerchiefs, all you need is patience and that creative spark and you’ll soon be wowing your friends. Who knows – you might even save some cash too. So here are the top 5 ways to re-purpose your tired kitchen textiles!


Have you got a tablecloth too garishly patterned for the dining table? Why not turn it into some coasters instead? Check out pinterest for some great ideas and easy tutorials to follow, or try using these tips to make your drinks coasters.


If your old fabrics are big enough, try making matching placemats for your coasters. You’ll have an individual set and you can customise them with sequins to really put your own stamp on them. Have a look at this guide to see how easy it is!


Tea towels are great for re-purposing as napkins. You don’t even have to get out the sewing machine! Just fold and lay them out on the table. You’ll save yourself some money as well as respecting the environment. After all, you can wash the tea towels and use again and again as napkins instead of buying and throwing away paper ones.


With the current cold weather a lot of us might have the sniffles, but with your old kitchen fabrics you can wipe those colds away. Measure out as many 10 x 10 inch squares as you wish and use scissors to cut them up.

You could even sew your initials into your brand new handkerchiefs to give them that extra personal touch. An easy thing to do and you will be helping the environment as well by not throwing away tissues!


This might require a little more DIY, but tablecloths are ideal for bags. When a handle is added and they are sewn up, tablecloths are strong and can even be fashionable.

As someone who owns at least ten bags already, I’m definitely going to use my parents’ old tablecloths and upcycle them into a handbag! No-one else will be walking around with the same one, and you’ll be doing the environment a favour too by not using plastic bags.

The list of ways to re-purpose your old tablecloths and tea towels doesn’t end there. With a little bit of imagination, your home will become full of upcycled items that your friends will be jealous of!

Do you have any more ideas to re-purpose tablecloths or tea towels? Comment below to share!

About the Author

When she isn’t advocating the installation of wind turbines, Julia Molloy plays table tennis and reads every novel she can lay her hands on. She writes for Wipe-Easy Tablecloths.

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