Hey y’all, last week on my Instagram Stories I shared how I make reusable paper towels with all the muslin fabric scraps I end up with after making test fit garments for myself. If you’re not sure what I mean by that, check out this post about pants fitting – I made several test fit muslins in that post.
We switched to cloth napkins years ago, and once I realized how easy that was and that it didn’t add much to the laundry, I started looking for other throwaway products in our house to replace. Paper towels were the next thing I spotted, and with my business I go through bolts of muslin from sample garments when I’m developing a new pattern. So the idea for these was born.
I save my garment muslins and then just cut them into scraps, seams and all, and serge two layers around the edges to make these. A vintage cookie jar on my counter holds all our reusable paper towels, and then we can easily grab them as needed instead of going for a paper towel and throwing it away. These get thrown in with my white laundry, and then returned to the cookie jar – no need to snap towels together or fold or anything.
If you’re not a garment sewer, you can also use old bath towels, or even old clothes to make these. I just cut them into squares 12 inches by 12 inches, sometimes piecing scraps to get to that size. Check out the video below or here on YouTube to see more.