Sunday, February 24, 2013
In general, we try to be diligent about minimizing our impact on the environment – reduce, reuse, recycle, and all that good stuff. But I have a confession to make – I’m a horrible paper towel waster (although I do buy recycled paper towels, at least!). They’re just so easy. But I keep seeing these reusable towel rolls and figured they shouldn’t be toooo much more of a pain than regular towels, so I decided to finally suck it up and make a set of my own.
- 1.5 yards terry cloth (you should be able to get about 9 towels per yd)
- 1.5 yards cotton fabric or whatever you want to use for the top layer
- Plastic snaps & snap pliers
- Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, & measuring tape
So back to the directions… Stack the two pieces inside out, with the terry cloth on the bottom and the pretty side of your other fabric facing down. Mark out an 11×11 square and pin the pieces together.
(Please excuse all the fur on my towels!)
Then just keep on going till you have a full set and snap them all together. I made 12, but 11 are pictured because one was dirty already.
I do eventually want to add a tube to the middle – right now I just have them wrapped around my paper towel holder.
I’m not gonna lie – They are going to take a little getting used to. When I first spilled a few drops of something, my thought was Am I really going to use a towel just for that little bit?, which then led me to think I’ll probably have an ‘in use’ towel that I use a few times when there are a few little drops to wipe up. I’m also not sure where I want to store the dirty ones – I think I want to get a little basket with a lid to keep right in the kitchen for the used ones. I’m also curious to see how they hold up – the white definitely makes me nervous that they’re going to stain quickly. But despite my concerns and things to figure out, I’m happy with how they turned out, and very happy not to be wasting so many paper towels!