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14 April 2012

I'm Never Buying Paper Towels Again

(Update:  for all of you kind souls who asked about using these with bacon fat or raw meat, I never thought of addressing that.  I don't cook meat.  oops.  I guess it's easy for me to say I'm never buying paper towels again, but I assure you all that vegetarian or not, I'll always be in the market for disposable toilet tissue!)
My "No Paper" towels

I made myself a batch a couple of years ago out of natural colored bamboo terry.  After a while they stained and didn't look too pretty.  This time around I aimed for pretty.

Some are gauze backed

Some are minky

Lots are flannel

(I couldn't resist this Riley Blake print)

I serged all the edges and stacked them up.  I'm aiming to spend zilch on paper towels now.

15 comments:

Bethany K. said...

Awesome.. just wondering, how many did you make? I'm thinking about making myself some too since paper towels are getting so expensive. :) Gotta put my serger to work hehehe.

Nailaa said...

great idea!!
I should make one for myself :D

The Sewing Dork said...

I made two dozen in total. Last time around I found that was more than enough since I'm always doing laundry of some sort.

Caren said...

Those mice are adorable! :)

Sarah said...

I usually reserve paper towels for the really gross jobs like cleaning dog barf and drying raw chicken. Can you use cloth for that? And if so, how to ensure they're clean?

KatieQ said...

My kitchen hand/paper towel replacements are terry cloth bar towels I bought in COSTCO. I also use old dish towels. We only use paper towels to blot chicken or fish after it is rinsed and for absorbing grease from bacon or potato pancakes. We also use cloth napkins. This has been standard at our house since we got married 40 years ago. Your towels are really cute. The bar towels are so cheap, I never thought of making my own. I may have to try it.

nicnax said...

Wow so much nicer than boring white paper towels!

Shanna said...

I was going to ask you, do you use them for draining bacon or other greasey foods? If so then do you do one wash load of just the greasey towels? That is the big hold out for me on going paper towel free. I just can't stand when dish clothes that are used to wipe up grease get washed with anything good at our house. If I was the only one doing laundry and could control it all, that would be different. ;) But I am grateful for my help.
Or, do you all just not eat bacon and if not, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Just teasing.

firefaery said...

So cute! I made some last year but the materials just weren't absorby enough to make them useful.. I used a quilting cotton for the pretty side and a thin stretchy terry for the other.. doesn't work!

So the gauze ones, and the flannel what's on the other side?

The Sewing Dork said...

Each one of these has one side of flannel and the other side is either gauze, minky, terrycloth or a second layer of flannel. I mixed it up for different types of absorbency.

firefaery said...

Thanks! I need to order some fabric from Wazoodle, I think! My local fabric store just doesn't have much in the way of inexpensive absorby material :)

Bethany K. said...

2 dozen sounds great! This would make a great weekend project!

Darlene said...

That's really good idea, having the backings for absorbency... I still have those baby flannel wraps so will use them. Can you give me idea what you mean by minky - I havent heard of this in Australia? Gauze - cheesecloth? Just wanted to clarify.

Thanks for ideas. I still need paper towels for meats of course, but I'd be happy to go with other methods if there are to replace meat-handling paper towels.

The Sewing Dork said...

Darlene above, minky is a soft fabric that you might see on a teddy bear or a baby's blanket - like a fuzzy polyester.

jack said...

I also use old dish towels. We only use paper towels to blot chicken or fish after it is rinsed and for absorbing..

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