To make our home safer, when the kids were little, we made a lot of our own liquid cleaning products. When I learned to sew, I also learned to make my own reusable household products. In this post, I am going to show you an easy way How To Make Reusable Fabric Paper Towels. These are going to change your life, I promise!
How To Make Reusable Fabric Paper Towels
Reusable Paper Towel Roll Saves Money
When we first had kids, my husband was a server in a Greek restaurant and I was a stay-at-home mom. To say we were broke was a serious understatement! I was always looking for ideas to save money. I made the kid’s baby food as well as reusable baby wipes. I made our own cleaning products like Homemade DIY Natural Spray Disinfectant because they were not only less expensive but safer too. Making our own learning how to make reusable fabric paper towels not only saves money but helps saves the planet too!
The Best Fabric For Reusable Paper Towels
It seems there’s a bit of a debate about what fabric to choose for this sewing project! To be honest, it is really a matter of opinion. For me, I am straight on the fence on this one!
Although I used cotton fabric for the opposite side of the terry cloth, some people prefer to make DIY flannel unpaper towels. I feel both are equally absorbent, so m deciding factor is which fabric is on sale! Watch how easy it is to make these washable DIY reusable paper towels!
Supplies for the best reusable paper towels:
- 1-yard cotton fabric
- 1-yard terry cloth fabric or white terry kitchen towels
- Sewing Machine
- Matching thread
- Sewing pins or clips
- Sewing scissors
- Rotary cutting set
- Fabric turning tool
- Cardboard paper towel roll
Instructions for your DIY reusable paper towels:
Step 1: Cut your fabric and towels (if needed) into 9×13” rectangles
Step 2: With right sides together, pin or clip the fabric and towel together, leaving a 3” gap for turning.
Step 3: Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew around all 4 sides except for the gap.
Step 5: Using a ¼ inch seam allowance, topstitch around all four sides of the square. This will also close the gap you used for turning.
Step 6: To keep the square from twisting when you wash it, sew either an “X” or 3 lines across it.
Step 7: Attach your Velcro to the 4 corners of each piece, making sure you attach the opposite pieces of the Velcro (the loop to one and the hook to the other) to the next piece of the towel so each connects together.
Step 8: When all are attached, roll them around your cardboard tube and slide them onto your paper towel holder.
If you don’t have or don’t want to use Velcro, a few other ideas on how to store reusable paper towels are snaps instead of Velcro, hooks on the kitchen wall (so you’d have to make buttonholes in your paper towels), or stacking them in a drawer or on your counter.
Yields 15 sustainable DIY fabric paper towels