Awhile back, I saw this Instagram photo that Carla from Granny Maud's Girl posted. I can't tell you why but I absolutely fell in love with those cute little snaps. Within 24 hours I had ordered my very own KAMSnap tool that came with some basic white snaps (not an affiliate link) and I knew exactly what I wanted my first project to be -- Unpaper Towels.
When my husband first saw these on our kitchen counter his first words were "What the #$@% are these?!" I had to laugh at this. I don't think he's going to be a big adopter of this eco-friendly paper towel alternative, and I'm okay with that. I'm not planning on getting rid of conventional paper towels - it's just not practical in our household, especially with a six-year-old boy and 3 cats (one of which likes to binge and purge). But if we can reduce our overall landfill waste, I'll consider it a win. And I honestly don't think they're going to add anything to our current laundry so that's another plus.
This was a very quick project consisting of cutting terry cloth and cotton both to 12 inches square, sewing them with right sides together, turning them right side out, and topstitching all the way around to close the opening. I also quilted a basic 9-patch grid to keep the layers from shifting during use. The fun part was getting to put the snaps on them.
|Snaps are put on all 4 corners - 2 male connectors on one side & 2 female connectors on the other side.|
The final part of this project was figuring out a good way to keep them rolled up on my holder. I went to the local craft store and picked up some heavy duty needlepoint plastic. I cut off a length of it and used some zip ties to make it into a tube. My original idea was to add the snaps directly to the plastic but it proved to be too thick and wouldn't work. Enter Plan B - attaching the snaps onto elastic loops. Success!
The great thing about these is that I can change them out to coordinate with the different seasons if I wanted to. Here is the second batch that I've already made, including some that are half-size to see how I like them.