Christmas Gifts, Part III {Unpaper Towels and Kitchen Wet Bag}


In a previous blog I covered the wet bag and unpaper towels that I made for myself. I decided to do these a little different. First, I di...

How to make unpaper towels and a wet bag as a gift
In a previous blog I covered the wet bag and unpaper towels that I made for myself. I decided to do these a little different. First, I didn't use towels for one side of the unpaper towels. They're great for absorbency, but a little bulky and not particularly attractive. I wanted fabric that would be a little thinner and fold nicely. I also didn't add snaps or velcro... while this was great in theory (the snaps worked way better than the velcro), I use these way too fast to snap them together after every wash. SUCH a pain in the butt. No way. Folding these is the way to go.

As for the wet bag, I decided to make two straps so it wouldn't sag as much like mine did and the weight could be distributed evenly. Unpaper towels get heavy because they're used to soak up spills and such so it's helpful to have the weight distributed better than I did with my original bag. Again I didn't add a zipper, but I didn't do a draw string because it wouldn't look good with the two straps. The unpaper towels can still be thrown inside pretty easy the wet bag easily the way that I did it, but you can't close the bag up. This would be an issue if you were using the wet bag in another function, but it should be fabulous for the kitchen (I never close my kitchen wet bag).  

{Unpaper Towels}

The unpaper towels that I made are approximately 10"x10". The set for my dad and stepmom was a cotton fabric backed with white birdseye fabric because the cotton is leftover from the table runner I made her last year. It looks pretty awesome, but I used two layers of flannel for all the other sets because I'm more confident in the ability of flannel to soak up messes. I'm assuming my stepmom is going to end up using them more as napkins than she will as unpaper towels versus I think my mom and brother may use them as unpaper towels. I'm not sure any of them will really appreciate how awesome these are... I do realize my obsession with cloth everything may be excessive and unusual.

For the flannel, I wanted to figure out the fastest way possible to get them done seeing I'm running short on time. I folded over the flannel, right sides facing, making sure it was 10" all along the way. Pin. Then I cut one big long strip, ensuring there was enough for a whole set with no leftover fabric. I sewed up the long edge, ironed it all flat, then cut the long piece into 10" squares. I sewed up both sides of each square, leaving a small area to turn. Turn, iron, topstitch. Finished. Feel free to ignore my advice and add snaps. Like I said, the snaps were too annoying to me to snap everything together every time I used them, even if they do look very cool like that. I have pictures of the finished product below with their matching wet bags.

{Kitchen Wet Bag}

Fabric cut out.
Okay so this will be a bit more confusing than how I did it last time.

  • Pul: 19"x14" rectangle, 3"x14" rectangle, 16.5"x14" rectangle
  • Outer Fabric: 19"x 14" rectangle, 3"x14" rectangle, 16.5"x14" rectangle, (2) 21.5" x 2.75"for the straps
  • Binding/Hem Tape: Two strips, 14" long
The shiny side of the Pul should be the very inside of the bag. Line up the smallest rectangles of Pul and the outer fabric (just like they'll be when the bag is finished), pin. Do the same with the medium size rectangles. Then pin the hem tape to the bottom long edge of the small piece and to the top long edge of the medium pieces. Sew on; this should sew the Pul and outer fabric together.

With binding sewn on.
All the pieces put together in order.
Make your two straps.

Take your large rectangle of Pul with the shiny side DOWN, lay your large rectangle of the outer fabric on top of it with the wrong side down. Then on top of this, lay out your small rectangles with the binding on the bottom, right side towards the bigger piece. Lay your medium rectangles similarly below the small rectangles. Do not overlap. Take your two straps and put them between the right sides of the outer fabrics, sandwiched between everything. Pin everything together and sew around the whole bag. Flip right sides out.

To sew the bag together, you'll be sewing on the shiny part of the Pul. This is difficult if you don't have a walking foot so either use a walking foot or use a piece of tissue paper OVER the Pul to sew, then rip the tissue paper off when you're all done. You can sew around the whole bag, sew over the part that has the straps a couple times to reinforce them, then clip the corners (just to make for better edges when you turn the bag right side out- don't clip where you sewed). Afterwards you can just turn your bag right sides out via the opening and you're done. I also top stitched my bag a little. Oh- last step, add snaps to the straps. 

I really like how these bags came out (pictured with the unpaper towels).


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DIY Danielle: Christmas Gifts, Part III {Unpaper Towels and Kitchen Wet Bag}
Christmas Gifts, Part III {Unpaper Towels and Kitchen Wet Bag}
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