The Easiest DIY Unpaper Towels


Hey, guys! So last year I made a tutorial for how to make your own cloth baby wipes. While I was making those, I also sewed up some of these easy DIY unpaper towels. I based them off of the select-a-size disposable paper towels because I wanted them to be like what I normally would use. But you can make them whatever size you like. And all you need is a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine to make these!

The Easiest DIY Unpaper Towels
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DIY Unpaper Towels

The Easiest DIY Unpaper Towels

Start by deciding what material you are going to use. Pretty much anything absorbent will work. Old towels would be good for spills and such. I used old flannel receiving blankets, which won’t soak up too much, but they’re mostly going to be used for napkins. If your material is knit, like t-shirts, you don’t even have to sew it unless you want more than one layer because it doesn’t fray.

The Easiest DIY Unpaper Towels

Cut out your DIY unpaper towels to whatever size you want. Mine are about 11×6 in. You can choose to round the corners if you want to make them a little prettier. To do that, fold one in half two times so that all the corners are together. Then round them off with a pair of scissors.

After that, decide how many layers you want them to be and sandwich them together with the right sides facing out. (I just did one layer) Pin and sew a zig-zag stitch all the way around and you’re done!

The Easiest DIY Unpaper Towels
The Easiest DIY Unpaper Towels

The flannel sticks together pretty well so I was able to roll them up on a paper towel roll to go on a holder. But if you used different material and want them on a holder you could add snaps to attach them to each other. I did get tired of rolling them on there eventually and just started stuffing them in a recycled tin can on the counter.

Well, that’s all there is to it! Easy, right? If you make some please let me know how your DIY unpaper towels turn out!

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Stay at home wife and mother to two boys. Amanda strives to live a frugal life by cloth diapering, going greener, and keeping to a budget.

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