Hand Towels Made From an Upcycled Bedspread

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I inherited an old candlewick bedspread several years ago from my mom. This old bedspread was stained in many spots, but it had great fringe and for whatever reason I couldn't let go of it. . Recently it struck me that this old bedspread could be made into great hand towels, fringe and all. Unfortunately, it's things like this that make it hard for me to let go of stuff...reinforces my urge to hold on to bric a brac.
The fringe on the bedspread was my favorite thing about the bedspread, so I definitely wanted to use that trim as trim for my hand towels as well. However, found that the scattered rust spots made it hard to find a piece that had the trim, but without the rust. So...I did what any crafty gal would do, I removed the fringe and reattached it to pieces from the bedspread that were not stained.
Removing the fringe was the most time consuming part of this project, but one easily accomplished sitting in front of a good movie. I did find that the hand towel had more oomph to it when it was doubled, so I sewed two pieces of the candlewick together and then sewed the fringe on the bottom.
The finished hand towel is 14 by 29 with the fringe. I added 1/2 to each side when I cut the material, so I cut 2 15″ by 30″ pieces of the material.
I use these handtowels in my guest bathroom, but I've also gifted them to some special friends.
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Suggested materials:

  • Candlewick Bedspread   (My attic!)

Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
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  • Kim Edmonds Vincent Kim Edmonds Vincent on Oct 18, 2016
    Did you use anything for the back? How much of a seam did you use?

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 20, 2017
    Where did you find the huge conch & sand dollars! I've been looking online and haven't found any I liked.

  • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Mar 20, 2017
    Can you make a hand towel with a quilt blanket? Please Reply back ASAP! Thank-You!


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  • Jean petruzzelli Jean petruzzelli on Apr 30, 2017
    nice job

  • Patty neal Patty neal on May 12, 2017
    I bought 2 twin size of these at a garage sale for 5$ each. One is used on my double real cast iron bed as a bed skirt over the longer bed skirt ( these are really big) They hang about 8" over each side. I have yet do anything with the other one. Maybe cover for a head board between the side rails that can be removed. You cannot sit and lean back read etc. hence the smaller head board. But the left over one will be your great hand towels! I will have lots of fringe to use. Such idea!!!!! Thanks, Patty / Wichita falls, TX