We used to go through a LOT of paper towels, many more than I would like to admit!
Even though we used the select a size (smaller paper towels), it still seemed like an awful waste.
To make up for using too many paper towels, we switched to cloth diapers for spills, dusting, cleaning mirrors, and other cleaning uses. But for everyday kitchen things like draining oil, wiping up a few drops of water from the counter, or other similar situations we were still using paper towels.
That's when it occurred to me that I could remake flat cloth diapers into paper towels!
With just a touch of added embroidery we have cute, re-usable paper towels.
- 1 Flat Birdseye Cloth Diaper
- Matching Thread
- Fabric Marking tool
- Embroidery Floss
1. Fold the diaper in half lengthwise and press.
2. Cut along the fold line.
3. Using a rotary cutter and mat, cut both layers into 4 sections, each 6" - 6 1/4" wide.
4. Sew a rolled hem or a double fold 1/2" hem on each raw edge.
5. Using a fabric safe marking tool, draw the words, pictures, or other design onto the sections.
6. Embroider as desired. I used a split stitch.
And tada! A beautiful, washable, re-usable, eco-friendly paper towel!
The embroidery just adds a touch of beauty. You could even monogram them with the first initial of your last name to give that modern Victorian-era feel!
It can be fun to be "green"!