Unpaper Towels with a Sewing Machine
Supplies for Unpaper Towels:
- 12 12"x12" Flannel squares
- 12 12"x12" Terry Cloth or Micro Fiber squares
- 72 KAM Snap Sets
- Rotary Cutter or Scissors
- Cutting Mat
- Standard Sewing Machine
- KAM Snap Pliers and Awl
- Choose your flannel, I went to Etsy, of course, and found almost too many choices :). I finally settled on Moda's Marmalade collection.
- Choose your Terry Cloth, I went with a mix of White, Butter, and Celery colored Terry Cloth that matched my flannel. Some people use towels and cut them into pieces, I also have used Micro Fiber clothes from Walmart they are about 12"x12", you may have to adjust your starting size a little but they will work great too. I also find them on clearance pretty often which makes them very reasonable.
- Cut 12 12"x12" Flannel squares and 12 12"x12" Terry Cloth squares. Make sure to make cut them as square as possible.
- Pick a square of Flannel and a square of Terry Cloth, place the right sides together, and start 2/3 of the way down the first side of the fabric. I will be wrapping around and stopping at about 1/3 leaving a open hole to turn the fabric right side out. Using a 3/8" or 1/2" seam sew the pieces together, pick the seam allowance that makes you comfortable. Remember to be consistent so that all the towels are the same size.
- Repeat 12 times. You will want to trim the corners and of some of the excess seam if it seems to bulky.
- Now turn all the towels right side out, use a pointy object, finger, or my preference, the back side of a kitchen spoon to make sure you get the 4 corners of each cloth as square as possible.
- Tuck the unsewn flaps into the inside, lining it up to follow the line of the towel from the left and right. Iron each towel to lay down the edges neatly.
- Now top stitch the towels with a 1/4" seam all the way around closing up the opening as you go.
- I straight stitched a diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner and turned and repeated, creating a X. This insures they will not bunch up when you wash them or are using them.
- I, then, made a template with clear plastic. It was 1"x 11"-ish strip of plastic (to match the end result of my unpaper towels) and I punched 3 holes: the 1st at 1/2" down and 1/2" in, the 2nd at the other end same 1/2" up and 1/2" in, and the 3rd exactly in the middle of the 2 holes 1/2" in. You can do 2 holes but the 3rd hole keeps the Unpaper Towels from sagging in the middle.
- Then I marked with a super fine tipped permanent marker where to place the snaps holes.
- Using the Awl, I punched holes for all the snaps 3 on each side, 6 per towel.
- Now install the KAM Snaps, in each hole, I recommend doing all the ones on the left first and then all the ones on the right. I found that I get mixed up otherwise and have to undo my hard work. So I did KAM Snap Caps down (Terry Cloth) on the left with the studs face up (Flannel side). Then I did the right side, I did KAM Snap Caps up (Flannel) with sockets down on (Terry Cloth).
- Now snap all your towels together, roll them up, and place them on your paper towel holder.
- Tada! Happy Snapping!!!