Years ago I used to use endless paper towels for all the spills and little things that needed picked up I didn’t want to touch. When I first started sewing, one of the many things small shops were starting to make and sell on ETSY was unpaper towels. I had just begun cloth diapering and thought it would be a great way to reduce my paper use and lower my carbon footprint just a bit more. I bought a roll from a cute small shop and 8 years later they are needing to be replaced, so I figured it would be a super easy and fun addition to the Festivus Freebies. Bonus points come in that you don’t need a pattern piece and you can really make these any size you want. The full video tutorial comes with instructions for serging or turning and topstitching.
*******This pattern comes with a full video tutorial and that can be found at this link.********
Techniques Involved: basic quilting, turning, topstitching, finishing exposed serged edges
This pattern does NOT include a printable pattern piece. You will need 1 12″ square of woven fabric and 1″ 12″ square of Terry Cloth or other absorbent fabric per towel you want to create.
My favorite Unpaper Towels have always been Cotton Woven with Cotton Terry Cloth. There are so many absorbent fabrics available on the market now, though, so get creative. I recommend not using stretch fabrics and preaching both payers in the same load to ensure equal shrinkage prior to assembling your towels.
- Pins or Clips
- Tape Measure
- Paper & Fabric Scissors
- Rotary Cutter, Mat, and Acrylic Ruler (optional but encouraged)
- Matching All-Purpose Thread
- Universal Needle
- Sewing Machine
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Fabric marking tool
- Seam Ripper