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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Crafts, Eco Friendly, Handmade, Kids

Reusable Snack Bags

Reusable snack bags are my newest and best selling product. I love these, they are eco friendly and save you lots of money. 💵

I’ve made these a couple different ways, with different types of fabric. Today I am going to show you how I make bags with a cotton outside and waterproof fabric inside. I can make two bags out of a fat quarter. For the inside I use ProCare Fabric, which I buy from a wonderful Etsy shop Laminates. (She delivers quickly and has a great selection of fabrics) The ProCare fabric is food safe and makes the bags waterproof on the inside.

Supplies:

  • Cotton Fabric
  • ProCare Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Velcro
  • Sewing Machine
  • Clips

I began by cutting each fabric into two 8 inch squares.

After cutting, match the wrong side of the cotton fabric to the rough side of the ProCare Fabric and fold over the top. You will place the Velcro here and use a clip to hold in place.

*You cannot use pins*

Now we can start sewing. Sew on the edge of the Velcro. When you are doing the top side go across the length of the fabric so the edge is completed.

Match the cotton fabric right sides together and clip to began sewing the bag edges.

When sewing with this fabric you will want to start out slow, it bunches very easily. Try to hold as taut as possible while sewing. Sew the three edges and we have completed the bag. 👏

What are your eco friendly projects? Would you use different fabrics? Or maybe a different closure? Let me know what you think. I hope you have a creative day ☀️

Baby, Crafts, crochet, Handmade

My Quickest Crochet Project

I love doing small projects in between the big ones. Today I want to share my quickest project I do. A Stretchy Baby Headband. I can do these in any size really, but they are more popular for the little ones. I make it with a bow, or with a flower.

Supplies I use;

  • Yarn
  • Crochet Needle (I use G [4mm])
  • Rubber Bands
  • Measuring Tape

To start I decide how big I want my headband then measure out the rubber bands. For this let’s make a Newborn, which is 11-12 inches. Lay out and measure the rubber bands. These are stretchy so they do not have to be perfect.

Next step, is to start crocheting. I use a single stitch, and stitch half of the rubber band (3 single crochets). And continue 3 single crochet on each rubber band to the end of the row.

Once I get to the end of my row, I single crochet down the other side of the rubber bands, and then attach with a slip stitch.

We have completed a simple headband!! Woot woot!! But now to make it even more adorable, we add a bow. I switch to a smaller needle (E), to make a small enough bow to properly fit. For the bow I make a magic circle and chain 3. Then 2 double crochets in the circle, and chain 6. Two double crochets in opposite side of the circle and chain 3, then slip stitch. Pull magic circle tight, wrap some yarn around the center and the bow is complete. 🎀

Lastly we need to attach the bow. I tie into the rubber band where we ended in the headband and weave in the loose ends. Tying the bow on, ensures it will last longer with those little hands grabbing at it. 😊 The easiest way to weave in the loose ends is with an embroidery needle.

We have completed a beautiful little stretchy headband. 👏 I ended up making mine bigger to fit my toddler since she woke up while I was making this one. And now you can see it in action.

What are your quickest projects? Do you prefer bigger or smaller? Let me know what you think of my quickest project. Hope you have a creative day 🌞