Saving money is always important. No matter how small the amount, every little bit adds up to big savings. Finding a way to replace something you use daily to save money is a win-win situation! That’s where faker towels come in.
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In our house, when we have paper towels, we end up using a LOT of them. I’m always shocked by the fact I can put out a new roll of towels and, in what seems like a matter of hours, the roll is empty! Mind you, this hasn’t stopped me from buying them (I use coupons and store brands to lower my cost), but it has led me to look for ways to reduce my use.
I started exploring ways I could make my own fake paper towels – what I called “faker towels.” (Get it? Fake + Paper? LOL) I found tons of articles with instructions on how to make them – and they were amazing – like this post here on Mommypotamus.com – honestly, these are gorgeous aren’t they?
Lots of what I found involved sewing. I can sew a straight seam and I want to learn how to sew even better. In fact, I am planning on taking y’all on my journey of sewing lessons that I start next week. But there are times when I don’t have the time I want to sit down and sew something quickly.
Several months ago, I tried faker towels. At that point, I did cut up some old bath towels and hem the edges. They didn’t work out quite as I had hoped – either in the sewing or in the using.
SOOOOO – I decided to try again and experiment in making faker towels using some old, almost worn out kitchen towels.
As a side confession, I am a kitchen towel addict. This is a picture of just ONE drawer of towels. To be honest, I have 3 drawers and one cabinet of towels. When I see 25 cent towels at thrift stores or yard sales, if they are in good shape, or feel the way I like them, I can’t pass them up. And I use them – constantly – going through probably 10 a day, and more in canning season!
That addiction came in handy when I went looking for some close to worn out towels to try my faker towel experiment.
So here is how you make the faker towels.
MAKING FAKER TOWELS
You will need:
- Several kitchen towels – I did find that smooth cotton towels worked better than terry cloth towels, as terry cloth tends to ravel out on the edges more. I am also using a waffle weave towel for these pictures, and it worked well, also.
- Sharp scissors
- Container to hold faker towels – I used a Pyrex bowl since I have so many!
Take your kitchen towel and lay it out on a flat surface. I used my kitchen table.
Cut the towel in half through the middle.
Then cut each half in half – so you are cutting the towel into quarters.
At this point – I considered them done! If you wanted to hem them, or use fusible web, you could. For me, I wanted to see how they would work without hemming, as I wanted something quick and easy.
Fold them up and put them in your container!
And that’s it – you are DONE! I put my container beside my sink, right where my paper towel holder was sitting. Now they are ready for folks to use when they need to dry their hands or wipe a spill.
To wash these, I use a lingerie bag like this one. I put them in and wash them with my other towels. It works out well.
I do want to show you a couple of pics of some faker towels that came through the washer and dryer and how the edges look. This may help you decide if you want to hem or use fusible web, or if you can live with it. As you can see the terry cloth ones frayed more than the smooth cotton. After washing them a couple times, I decided I could live with it and trim it a bit as needed.
So far I love my easy faker towels. Let me know below if you try these and what you think about them! What items like this have you tried to make?
Until next time,