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Old 11-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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I want to make some unpaper towels. I'm planning on make ones that snap together to make a roll. What are your favorite features of yours? Materials, size etc. I've never used them before but DH uses so much paper towel I would like to eliminate waste and the expense.

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Old 11-05-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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Well, I subscribed to this post but no bites! I'm interested also.
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i have 3ply birdseye ones that are great for "messy" messes, bc i can bleach them and nicer woven print/sherpa ones for hands/faces.
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I got annoyed with roll and now I went back to a stack of towels.
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I make and sell them, so I end up with all the 'wonkies' to try out, ha ha My personal favorites for using just like paper towels are single layer birdseye. These make great napkins for light meals as well. I don't do a roll, just fold them and sit them in a basket. My next favorites are either double layer birdseye or double layer cotton (I buy flour sack towels and cut them into 4's, then serge 2 together). These make GREAT dinner napkins. They are easy to clean, match everything, but add a tid bit of fancy to each meal.
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Yeah, I know a lot of people do the roll thing, but really think about that before you commit to it because that means you would have to snap every. single. sheet back together after every wash, and there isn't really any *reason* to have them in a roll like that other than pretending you are using paper.

Simple birdseye works well for towels, though.
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I make and sell them, so I end up with all the 'wonkies' to try out, ha ha My personal favorites for using just like paper towels are single layer birdseye. These make great napkins for light meals as well. I don't do a roll, just fold them and sit them in a basket. My next favorites are either double layer birdseye or double layer cotton (I buy flour sack towels and cut them into 4's, then serge 2 together). These make GREAT dinner napkins. They are easy to clean, match everything, but add a tid bit of fancy to each meal.
I do the same (I also sell them) but my favorites have been the 2-ply. I serge around the edges, but you could turn and topstitch them easily enough if you don't have a serger. We have a kitchen drawer dedicated to towels, and I've found the 2-ply birdseye to be one of the most absorbent. (ETA: they are 12" by 12" or so)

My husband, though, swears by the 2 ply flannel I used to make burp rags, which eventually became kitchen towels. I just made some of these today, since we are due with our little "Surprise" in a month, and all the burp rags had already been rededicated to the kitchen. They measure about 11" by 16":

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I made ours out of old recieving blankets, double layer, turned and top stitched. I did the roll thing because it's cute and I love my paper towel holder!
We also have a dedicated drawer in the kitchen for larger kitchen towels for big messes and drying dishes. I wash once a week and do the snap and roll on the couch while watching tv.
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