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Homemade Reusable Paper Towels

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM
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Supplies (for one towel)
Basic sewing supplies
Cotton print, 11.5 x 11.5  
Terry cloth, 11.5 x 11.5
Plastic snaps and the assembly/installation tools update: I got my snaps here.
Coordinating thread 



Cut out your fabric, try to get the pieces as square as possible so your towels wont be all wonky. This can be difficult with the terry, as it does stretch, so just be patient with yourself.  
Placing right sides together pin the terry cloth and cotton print together.  Sew (3/8 inch allowance) all the way around the towel, being sure to back stitch when you start and stop. 




 If you feel more comfortable with a larger seam allowance go for it, just be consistent so all the finished towels are the same size.  Leave a 2 inch opening on one side for turning. 


 Trim the corners to remove some bulk (which I forgot to photograph sorry), at this point you might also want to trim the edges if you used a larger seam allowance.  Through the 2 inch opening turn the towel right side out, push out the corners and tuck in the "flap" of the opening. 

Turn
Push
Tuck
 
Almost done!   Iron it very well, pressing the seams flat.  To give the towel a nice completed look top stitch 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around.  This will also serve to close up the 2 inch opening.  



Next install the snaps, two female down one side and two male on the other side.  ....and done!  


 Now go do it five more times and you will have a full set.   

Snapped together set

Or comment that you think I should start an Etsy shop, cause I need more to do....... UPDATE:  see the top of the page for the link to my shop!



by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM
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jbjb1024
by Gold Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Super cute. But isn't it the same as having a ton of wash clothes on hand?
mikemantha
by Silver Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Basically lol just bigger 

Quoting jbjb1024:

Super cute. But isn't it the same as having a ton of wash clothes on hand?


jbjb1024
by Gold Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM
That's true, they are bigger and thicker so I'm sure they clean up better

Quoting mikemantha:

Basically lol just bigger 

Quoting jbjb1024:

Super cute. But isn't it the same as having a ton of wash clothes on hand?


mikemantha
by Silver Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:34 PM

I would think so. I think they also use Terri cloth 

Quoting jbjb1024:

That's true, they are bigger and thicker so I'm sure they clean up better

Quoting mikemantha:

Basically lol just bigger 

Quoting jbjb1024:

Super cute. But isn't it the same as having a ton of wash clothes on hand?



.Angelica.
by Silver Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 1:20 AM

i've been considering making some of those but haven't got around to it yet.

mikemantha
by Silver Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Me 2. I need the Terri cloth and the snap buttons. I have plenty of fabric

Quoting .Angelica.:

i've been considering making some of those but haven't got around to it yet.


chattycassie
by Gold Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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 Cute  but I am lazy and will just use the wash cloths if I need re washable napkins. :)

othermom
by Gold Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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neat idea

.Angelica.
by Silver Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I have a ton of snaps from making diapers. I need the fabric though. But I spent my extra money on getting fabric to make my son a shirt. I still need to get a pattern though.

Quoting mikemantha:

Me 2. I need the Terri cloth and the snap buttons. I have plenty of fabric

Quoting .Angelica.:

i've been considering making some of those but haven't got around to it yet.



mikemantha
by Silver Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

If you beat me to it you have to post pictures! I wonder if I can find a free pattern? What size do you need? Amd what type of shirt, just a plain regular type tshirt? 

Quoting .Angelica.:

I have a ton of snaps from making diapers. I need the fabric though. But I spent my extra money on getting fabric to make my son a shirt. I still need to get a pattern though.

Quoting mikemantha:

Me 2. I need the Terri cloth and the snap buttons. I have plenty of fabric

Quoting .Angelica.:

i've been considering making some of those but haven't got around to it yet.




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