Make Reusable Absorbent Towels

In our continuing efforts to be more environmentally friendly, cutting back on the use of paper towels is an area where we have a number of options. This is a guide about make reusable absorbent towels.


July 6, 2010 Flag
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Do you use a lot of paper towels? Here's a way to help cut down and save money in the process. Get some flannel and some terry cloth from the fabric store; about 3 yards of each. Use cardboard or plastic to make a 10 by 11 inch template and cut it out. Cut about 20 each of flannel and terry cloth squares.

Now place them with a flannel and terry cloth together, fronts of the fabric facing. Leave a 3-4 inch space on one side to allow room to turn them right side out and then sew all the way around using 1/2 inch seams. Remember to leave the space for turning. Clip corners, avoiding the thread. Turn the towels right side out and with a stick, chopstick, or screwdriver make the corners as straight as possible. Line up the sides and pin them every 3-4 inches, making sure to turn in the fabric from the open space.

Sew a topstitch seam around the outside of the towels about 1/4" from the outside edges. Repeat this 3/8" in from the outer edges. You should now have several un-paper towels with terry cloth on one side and flannel on the other.

If desired, put snaps on opposite sides at the corners and in the middle so you can attach them together, roll them up and put them on a standing paper towel roll. It's great. They are soft, absorbent, and reusable, which saves money and trees. We also have small ones made from fabric leftovers from the large ones. We use these for wiping sweat from foreheads, napkins for meals, and for the grandkids. They also make great coasters.


By simpleadditions from Wright City, MO

July 15, 20101 found this helpful

These would also make great inserts for cloth diapers.

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October 20, 20101 found this helpful

Love, love, love it! Excellent ideas with the snaps and rolling the towels onto the paper towel roll. I have lots of rags and hand towels in the kitchen, but we still end up going through a roll of paper towels every few weeks.

This is great!

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January 5, 20122 found this helpful

For the one who goes ugg, I know, some of these comments are like two years old, but in case. Some of us use cloth towels to be eco friendly not just cost effective. It is way more detrimental to the world to create paper, especially paper that is bleached. It poisons the water supply of those near the factories and uses way more resources and water than washing a few measly towels, not to mention the porduction of all that plastic packaging. Also it is cheaper than buying paper towels since they are reused, making laundry soap is cheap and you dont need much per load. Washing on hot does the trick to sanitize, and you can also sun bleach them for extra sanitation now and again. I do what I can so my daughter and future generations can live in a cleaner world.

Netflix has an awesome series called eco trip its on instant watch, just watch the one that follows production of paper napkins

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February 25, 20120 found this helpful

More water, detergents, and bleaches like polluting dioxin are used in making paper towels than you will ever use washing cloth wipes.

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