This is a doubly-upcycled project. It started last summer, when I used old towels to make this picnic blanket:
Wasn't Sprite a chunker? :-)
I saved the scraps from making this blanket even though I had no idea what I was going to do with them (the story of my life). I just knew they'd be useful at some point!
I have been needing some cleaning towels since I became a fan of The Flylady, and starting cleaning, organizing, and decluttering like a crazy person :-) My friend Jenna showed me some "unpaper towels" she made for cleaning her house (and children) and I thought this would be the perfect use for my towel scraps. Old bath towels would also work well, but I used all mine up making toddler bibs.
This is the PERFECT low-stress sewing project. I did not measure anything, I just cut and sewed completely freehand. They're rags, and no one is going to be inspecting them! No two are exactly alike, and that's half the fun.
For the backs, I used green flannel I had lying around for awhile. Since they are already crazy colored, I did all the backs the same color to kind of make them match. At least match somewhat. A tiny bit.
First, start sewing your scraps together. My bigger unpaper towels are about 11 in square, and the smallest are about 6 inches square. I also made a tiny one for Sprite, about 5 inches square:
Once you have the front assembled, cut a piece of flannel for the back. Lay the front and back RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, and sew almost all the way around, leaving a space for turning.
Turn the towel right side out and press.
Lastly, use a zig zag stitch to sew all the way around, about 1/2 from the edge, making sure that you're closing the opening as well.
Ta-da! Unpaper towels!
They're not at all perfect, but I highly doubt that when I am shining my sink I am going to notice my seams anyway! I'm in love with them already.