Boy do I wish I had made these years ago! Sometimes we just get caught up in what we think everyone else does and just keep doing what they do. I want to live purposefully. For me, this means being conscientious of cost and waste production.
Check out how easy this Tutorial UnPaper Towels are to make.
Step 1 – Purchase fabric or re-purpose fabric.
I purchased one package of Room Essential Flour Sack Kitchen Towels from Target. But, you could pretty much use any fabric you have on hand that you want to use. I considered cutting up an old white sheet, but those are slated for another item. I also considered using some old t-shirts, which would have been just fine as well. However, my husband took all those and cut them up for garage towels already. These would be practically FREE if you re-purpose your material.
Step 2 – Decide what size you want the finished towels to be.
I decided to go with a select-a-size assortment. The flour sack towels are 30″ x 30″ (when ironed out). I could easily make 4 15″ x 15″ towels out of each one, giving me 16 towels total. I decided to cut 2 of them in half again making 4 15″ x 7.5″ towels. Altogether I made 4 small and 14 large towels. This gave me a nice amount to keep on hand. Using my rotary cutter I just ironed them flat, folded them in half and cut.
Step 3 – Decide if you want square or round edges.
I made one with square edges and realized I wanted round edges. So I took a small glass measuring cup and cut them using my rotary cutter that I bought for quilting. I just cut around the glass on each corner. If you want square corners, go on to the next step.
Step 4 – Sew edging around each towel (or skip it if you use a knit fabric).
This step is important if you use the flour sack cloth because if you don’t sew the edges they will fray! If you use a knit fabric, you can skip the sewing if you want. Personally, I like the finished edge look.
The Settings I Used
Here is a look at my machine settings that I used to sew around the edges of each towel. I have a very simple, basic Singer, yet I can achieve most projects I want with this solid machine. It is set to the maximum width zig-zag stitch used for button holes, but at a very short stitch length of close to 0.
Wha-la! Finish off each towel and you have a new set of UnPaper Towels. For a cost breakdown, check out the post here.