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Reusable Paper Towels

Date Posted:1 June 2022 

These reusable paper towels are made from old towels or thrifted towels and printed cotton fabric. They are a perfect and cost-effective substitute for regular paper towels. These can be thrown in the wash on a normal setting and won’t warp or shrink. These are also a great way to be sustainable and reduce waste.

One full towel should make about six 10” x 10” reusable towels. You can make these reusable paper towels smaller or larger to suit your preferences. Simply add or subtract a few inches until you have your desired size. These make wonderful gifts and this project is a great introduction to using an overlocker.

Machines Used

  • Brother NV50S Sewing Machine

What you'll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Overlocker
  • Rasant thread (in your colour choice)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Pins or small clips
  • 1-2 old large towels
  • Fabric 2 (we recommend cotton; you will need approximately 40")
  • Iron + ironing board

Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

  1. Cut out as many squares as you can from your old towels. They should measure 10.5”x 10.5”.
  2. Cut the matching size squares using your cotton fabric.
  3. Sandwich one piece of your towel and one piece of your cotton fabric together, wrong sides facing together.
  4. Pin or clip to secure.
  5. Sew two diagonal lines going from one corner to the other making a large cross on the front of the piece. Sew these lines with a straight stitch on the cotton side of the piece. If you sew on the towel side, it may slip and become misshapen.
  6. If you would prefer to sew the sides together before overlocking, do so at this point.
  7. Overlock each side of the reusable towel.
  8. Repeat for all the remaining pieces and you're done!
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TIP: Create your own scrunchie so you can roll and secure your reusable paper towels together. Check out our free scrunchie project tutorial, it's simple, easy and great for all skill levels.

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Reusable Paper Towels
Reusable Paper Towels
Reusable Paper Towels
Reusable Paper Towels
Reusable Paper Towels
Reusable Paper Towels
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