Crafts

Making Unpaper Towels

If you have never heard of an unpaper towel, it is a reusable towel that you can use just like a paper towels but with no waste!! ♻️ It is usually made with terry cloth and fleece or flannel. And made to fit paper towel holders to replace paper products. These are a great zero waste alternative to paper towels. Not to mention the money you save. 💰

Alright let’s get into it. First step is getting your fabric. I purchase 2 yards of each fabric (terry cloth and fleece). You can used recycled items like old towels and old flannel pajamas but as I make to sell, I buy new fabric. 🤩 2 yards is enough to make ten, 12×11 inch unpaper towels. Here I have two projects cut out because I like make things easy and get the most done at one time.

Now we need to cut the fabric into squares. I give myself a quarter of an inch for sewing edging (a little more in the edges). I measure and cut ten 12.5 inch squares out of the terry cloth and the fleece fabric. Once all is cut I start the pinning. In sewing there is never too much pinning. 📍📍📍📍📍 Pin the right side of the fleece to the right side of the terry cloth. I pin all the squares then get into the sewing. This helps the process go along more efficiently rather then pinning one square at a time.

Let’s begin sewing! Sew around the edge of the fabrics leaving yourself 1-2 inch gap unsewn to turn the fabric right side out. This is best to start in the middle of a side versus in a corner.

Also fun tip with the corners, if you trim them like shown and use a pen or stick to poke the corners out they are more defined.

After all the squares are sewn, turn right side out and pin where you left the hole. Sew 1/4 inch seam around the square. And you will sew a diagonal line from one corner to the other to help the towel keep its shape over time.

Our last step is adding the snaps. For this I use snap pliers, piercing tool, and plastic snaps. First you are going to create holes in the fabric for the snaps to fit in to.

After you pierce your fabric you can insert the snaps and use the pliers to secure the snap. I put 4 snaps on each towel so all the towels can be snapped together. You just need to remember to have the opposite snaps on each side so they can snap together.

Now the towels can be rolled and placed on a paper towel holder or they can stand on their own.

These are machine washable, I recommend having them all unsnapped while washing to prevent tangling.

You can also skip the last step (no snaps) and keep the towels folded in a drawer or a basket on the counter. They are great to use in a variety of ways around your house.

What eco friendly or reusable project have you created? What other paper products have you been able to replace in your house? Thanks for joining me and have a CreativeDay.

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