Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nap Time Craft Time: Full Size Unpaper Towels

Welcome to Nap Time Craft Time! Shhh, don't wake the kiddos!  These posts feature a craft that is so easy you can complete this project during nap time! This project can also most likely be completed with items you already have at home! Simple, cute, and free?! I know, awesome right!
Last week I posted Easy DIY Cloth Wipes/Unpaper Towels and this week I am posting a more in-depth way to make full size Unpaper Towels. 

Here's what you'll need: 
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 2 yards of flannel
  • 2 yards of 100% cotton
  • Scissors
Here's what you'll do: 
  • First you will want to prewash your fabrics BUT before you do I would suggest sewing a zig zag stitch down the raw edges so that the fabric wont unravel in the wash.  
    • It is important to prewash so that any shrinkage will happen prior to you sewing your unpaper towels.
  • After you have washed and dried your fabric you can get started! Decide how large your want your unpaper towels to be, you can either use an actual paper towel as a template OR you can make your own out of cardboard or plastic.  

  • Now, trace out all of your paper towels using a washable marker, pen, or chalk. Make sure to measure out your fabric first to ensure that you can get the most out of it.  You should be able to get at least 18 unpaper towels. 
    • NOTE: if you plan on turning and topstitching your unpaper towels you will want to give yourself an extra 1/4" or so.
      • Turning and topstitching means that you sew the fabric together (wrong sides together) leaving an opening. Then you pull the fabric through the opening (thus, “turning it”) and then you sew all the way around the project again, sewing the opening shut.

  • Now take one piece of your cotton material and one piece of your flannel and place them with the WRONG sides together (i.e. the fabric that you want to show should be facing out.)
  • Begin sewing around the perimeter using a zig zag stitch.  You will want to sew right on the edge of your fabric so that you get both pieces together.
  • You will need to sew completely around the unpaper towel at least twice. Some of the material may fray but by using a zig zag stitch you wont have to worry about it completely unraveling.
    • NOTE: If you are turning and top stitching you will place the RIGHT sides together and use a straight stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance leaving a small gap, then turn the unpaper towel inside out and topsitich around the perimeter ensuring that you sew the gap closed. 

That's it folks! Now you have a nice batch of unpaper towels! 

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