Paperless Paper Towels

Add a splash of Color to your Countertop!

Looking for a way to reduce the paper waste in your home? How about some Paperless Paper Towels.  

If I don’t keep an eye on them, my kids will burn through a whole roll of paper towels in just one day.  When I came across this clever kitchen idea somewhere on Pinterest, I decided to try making some for myself.

I had already picked up a pack of inexpensive washcloths.  I also had recently purchased a snap maker that I was dying to try out!  And I had some remnant Guatemalan fabric (you can find it here in my shop) that I wanted to use up, though most any cotton that compliments your kitchen would work for the backing!

 

Paperless Paper Towels
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This is a super easy sewing project.  One side of your “paper towel” is the washcloth.  The other side is a piece of fabric cut to the same size as your washcloth.  I preshrunk both the washcloths and fabric to be sure they wouldn’t be strangely shaped when I was done.  You can make each towel square or rectangular like a real paper towel if you use terry cloth by the yard or old bath towels instead of washcloths.

Pin the good side of your fabric to your washcloth.  I don’t think washcloths have a good side. Sew around the perimeter of the fabric, leaving a 2 inch gap in one of the sides so that you can turn it right side out.

After you have turned your project right side out, top stitch all the way around to close the gap. 

You could be finished with the project at this point.  You could fill a pretty basket with a set of these towels and keep it on the counter.  But if you want them on a paper towel holder, then next you add your snaps.

I found this snap maker on Amazon.  I bought it for another project idea, but I was so excited to use it for my Paperless Paper Towels. It is not the most expensive set and it came with a great variety of snap colors.  It turned out to be very easy to figure out and was fun to use. 

I added snaps to each towel corner, snapped a set together (about 6 towels made a good sized set) and slid them on the paper towel holder. The whole project was so easy, but looks so lovely on my counter.  This would be a terrific house warming gift when made with colors and patterns to match a kitchen.  Or it could be a really great way to upcycle old bath towels and scrap fabric.  Either way, they are fun, fast, and super handy!  Let me know if you make your own set.  I’d love to see them on your kitchen counter!

Paperless Paper Towels
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