Monday, January 21, 2013

Fabric Paper Towel Roll- DIY Tutorial

You have probably already seen a project like this in the blogosphere or on Pinterest because they are all the rave now.  Not sure why.... but I've had dozens of requests for this tutorial.  So, here it is!

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A cute and eco-friendly way to save money and paper!  No more paper towels!

These are really just a fancier way of using a towel in the kitchen... but they are so darn cute that who can resist?!  In this video I show you how I make them using thrifted old towels that I can usually get for $0.10 to $0.25 at thrift stores and yard sales.  If you have old stained or hole-y towels this would be a great way to repurpose them!
 
For the backing fabric I used some flannel I had in my stash.  This is a great beginner project because you only need to sew straight lines.  I do recommend using a walking foot for your machine because of the bulky terry cloth (towel) and flannel layers.  It will help feed the fabrics through the machine more evenly than your basic universal presser foot.  But if you don't have a walking foot, that's okay.  Just pin heavily to keep your fabrics from moving too much on you.

Need a walking foot? Click HERE to get one for your machine.
 
You can keep your towels just as they are when you finish sewing the squares or you can choose to add snaps like I did here to get the cool roll up effect just like a paper towel!  You will need a snap kit for this step.  {side note: I don't recommend using velcro (hook-and-loop tape) because it will get messy when the threads from the terry cloth get all caught in the hook part of it in the wash.} So, yeah... stick with the snaps.  If you don't have a snap kit yet click HERE for info on purchasing the exact same kit I have and have used for over 4 years. They are great and the snaps hold up in the washer and dryer.  These are the same snaps I use on cloth diapers. 

Well, what are you waiting for? Click HERE to watch the step-by-step tutorial. 






 
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