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How to make Reusable Unpaper Towels

Make clean-up more sustainable with DIY unpaper towels!

In this easy sewing tutorial, we’ll show you how to make reusable unpaper towels with our new VELCRO® Brand Sleek & Thin™ Sew On Tape.

Perfect for cleaning up spills, these DIY unpaper towels can be washed and re-used time after time. Read on to find out how to make your own.

How to Make a DIY Unpaper Towel Roll

What you’ll need:

What to do:

Start by cutting all your fabric into 12” x 12” squares.

Unpaper Towels fabric

Then, layer the fabric together. You’ll want to sandwich your patterned fabric (facing down) between a solid flannel square (your bottom layer) and your absorbent fabric (your top layer). Pin or clip each square together and repeat this step 8 times.

clip unpaper towels fabric together

Now it’s time to start sewing! Sew around the perimeter of each square with a ¼ inch inseam, leaving only a small gap.

sew together unpaper towels fabric togeth

Turn out each towel, then iron with care. Pay close attention to the gap and make sure to fold in the edges, creating a nice seam.

unpaper towels

unpaper towels

Next, top stitch around each towel.

unpaper towels

Now take a pack of VELCRO® Brand Sleek & Thin™ Sew On Tape and cut two strips per towel- 1 ½ inch length.

VELCRO® Brand Sleek and Thin(tm) Fastener

You’ll need to clip a piece of loop (the soft side) to the top and bottom right corners of your pattern side. Flip the towel over and pin the hook (the rough side) to the opposite edges of the towel.

Sew the VELCRO® Brand Sleek & Thin™ Fasteners to the towel.

Using an old paper towel roll, wrap the towels around the roll, connecting the towels as you go. Now just place them on a towel holder and you’re good-to-go!

And that’s it! Your DIY Unpaper towel roll is finished! Wipe up spills or clean surfaces. Then wash and re-use them time after time!

If you’d like to try this sewing tutorial yourself, pick up a pack of VELCRO® Brand Sleek & Thin™ Sew On Tape here. And for more easy sewing projects, stay on our blog!

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