Unpaper Towels: Easy DIY Tutorial
DIY Unpaper Towels are a great way to be stylish and eco-friendly at the same time! It all started when my friend Sarah posted something on Facebook that she wanted someone to get unpaper towels from a seller on Etsy for a wedding present. They were over $50, plus shipping! I told her I would make them for her instead, and thankfully, she loved the idea.
Aren’t these a great way to be more eco-friendly? We are constantly trying to find ways to reduce trash and lower our carbon footprint (like cloth diapering, making our own cleaners, ditching plastic, and making homemade products). Plus, I’m super cheap and hate buying paper towels. They are so expensive, and you literally buy them just to throw them away. Geesh. It’s like throwing money in the trash.
There are so many ways to be more eco-conscious these days, and one of the first and easiest things to do is to reduce your consumption of single-use products and reduce plastic. Single-use products are things (ahem, like paper towels) that you would use one time and then throw them away. They contribute to unnecessary and excess trash, which is never a good thing. Of course, sometimes we don’t have another option other than to use single use products. Back in the day, like when I originally wrote this post, I was a huge stickler. I used to think there was never an appropriate time for a single-use product.
Then I had kids and had to learn some grace. It’s good to be aware of problems with our environment and the unsustainable amount of trash we create. But, we each individually can only do so much, and sometimes we fall back on having to use single-use products. Like when we redid our kitchen and had to rely on a lot of paper plates and microwaveable meals. It killed me a little inside, but I gave myself grace. We’re all doing the best we can with what we have, right?
Anyway, these Unpaper Towels are a great way to ditch the paper towels and be a little more eco-friendly.
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How To Reduce Plastic Use And Single Use Products.
- Choose glass or metal straws instead of plastic ones.
- Use reusable containers to bring your lunch to work. These glass containers are awesome!
- Instead of paper napkins, try cloth napkins.
- Bring a reusable glass or metal water bottle instead of buying plastic ones.
- Keep a set of silverware in your car if you have to go out to eat.
- Use beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap.
Unpaper Towel Materials
- Terry cloth – about 1/2 yard
- Cotton or flannel fabric – about 1/2 yard
- Matching thread
Unpaper Towels Tutorial
Aren’t these unpaper towels really adorable and fun? I wish I got to keep them! This is a great weekend project and so eco-friendly! What do you do to reduce trash?
Need more eco-friendly ideas… check these out!
- Easy Ways To Live More Sustainable
- Filtering water at home
- Check out this eco-friendly gift guide for adults or for kids!
This is a fantastic idea. I would love to make these as gifts with the seasonal fabrics! Thanks for sharing the neat idea.
I asked for Kam Snaps kit for a Christmas present just so I can make these.
Yay! That is awesome!
I was going through the steps and you mention doing some free quilting a little to support the “inner” fabric. What is the inner fabric as it is not mentioned. I only see the 2 fabrics in the list of items needed. Thanks, super cute idea!
Sorry for the confusion, there are only 2 fabrics.
I found a package of washcloths on sale and used them instead of the terrycloth. They are the thicker type, not the really thin ones.
I thought about that too! This is a cute idea, but why make these when you can simply use the dishcloths?
I loved your idea and made about 36 of these, I bought two fabrics and two different kinds of terry cloth and they came out great, my husband was like…they’re cute but could you make them bigger?? Lol. So maybe when I make more I’ll make them 11×11 or maybe 12×12. Also I noticed it looked like you hand stitched the Velcro on, I wondered why, I used my machine. It was way quicker than I thought it would be. I did like the idea of Velcro vs. snaps though cause it was cheaper for me, to buy all the snaps it would take was way more than the Velcro, at my Joanns the snaps only came in like packages of 15-20 snaps. I also was worried if I used snaps they might scratch things where as the terry cloth side has the fuzzy side of Velcro like you suggested and I think that will eliminate the chance of scratching soft surfaces like wood maybe? Not sure. Thanks for the tutorial!! 🙂
Hey Nancy! Glad you liked the tutorial! I love the idea of making some bigger ones. I hand stitched the velcro because my machine couldn’t handle all the fabric and velcro. Good point about the snaps, totally didn’t think of that.
Has the velcro held up over time? As in, is it still “sticky” with the two sides?
Just made mine today – they are so easy to make. I used terry towelling nappys that I bought especially for the job and got 4 out of each one with very little waste! They look fab in the kitchen!