The Unpaper Towel


The Seasoned Homemaker posted about an UnPaper Towel she made and I was instantly attracted to the colorful, serged edges of the re-usable “paper” towel and thought these towels would be fun to make and possibly use as a gift.  Wishful thinking as parting with the things I make is not one of my strengths.

Damn!  Another entry to the “Make before I Die” to-do list.  Just want I needed.

Bought the fabric from  Cut the fabric as described.  Pretty ambitious stack of rectangles from three yards of fabric.  Why only do one yard, when three yards would be so much better [which will be a common theme on this blog]?

UnPaper Towel - Cut rectangles

Now, since I don’t have a serger.  I thought maybe I could just add a colorful bias tape to seal off the raw edges.  I pulled out my bias tape from the depths of my sewing supplies.  Supplies that were provided by the much loved, but long gone ladies of my past.  I thought I could honor my Grandmother by using her bias tape from 1951 when it only cost $.15.

UnPaper Towel - Bias Tape from the 1950's

This is where things went horribly wrong.

UnPaper Towel - Is this going to work?

For all you sewers out there, please stop laughing.

Unpaper Towel - failed attempt at sewing on bias tape

As you can see, I was determined.  This actually took quite some time.  Stop laughing.  At least at this point, I knew this wasn’t going to work and I had no idea how to apply bias tape, but I am going to reuse that bright yellow 60+ year old tape – by golly.  Somehow, it will make an appearance on this blog again.  Mark my words.

So, plan B.

The Seasoned Homemaker said if you don’t have a serger.  You could just do a simple fold over 1/4″ hem.  Should I try this now?  Yes, I think I will.

UnPaper Towel - Seamed edge approach

I sewed two seams to make it look a bit more sturdy and add more color.

UnPaper Towels - two done with seamed edge

Two done.

UnPaper Towels - Six done

Six done.  If I finish one a night, I might be done with the stack when hell freezes over.   Now, there was a request from my mother, who lives in the same house I do and has taken over the kitchen.

“Could I have one?”

“Mom, don’t you know I make things just to pet them – they are not for actual use.  Oh alright.  I guess you can have one.  Which color?”

“Orange, she says.”

“Don’t get it dirty Mom”

15 minutes later….


“Seriously Mom?  Don’t think you’re getting another one.”

P.S.  The Seasoned Homemaker just days after my bias tape debacle posted this great post about how to sew on bias tape.  And another one on how to make your own bias tape.  She’s a genius.

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