Tumblr user Scribble Sketch resolved to stop using paper towels this holiday season and came up with these handy DIY multi-use kitchen towels instead. The towels are made from 8″x11″ pieces of fabric with a birds-eye cotton backing sewn onto them, then she added button holes so that they can be hung on the wall for easy access.

[via Thread Party]

Andrew Salomone

Andrew Salomone

Artist, writer, and teacher who makes work about popular culture, technology, and traditional craft processes.

  • Lavonda Sullivan

    I like the idea of this but what do you do about the really messy things that would stain or are too dirty, for instance, spaghetti sauce or a spill on the floor? These are things I would automatically reach for a paper towel for so I could toss it afterwards and not worry about staining my towel or having to get out the mop.

    • mbc14

      I agree, but I could see keeping both on hand – using these for small messes and paper towels when you need to. It would still cut down on your paper towel usage.

    • Jenna Weiner

      I have a basket of rags that I use for dirtier messes. I don’t mind if they stain, as they are stashed in the closet out of view. For everyday kitchen cleanup, I use ‘unpaper’ towels.

    • Tammy

      If you make the backing black, it won’t stain. That’s what I’ve been using for a backing. For the front, I’ve been sticking to fabrics with darker colours or reds that are a little bit more forgiving.

      • Linda Jacques

        Of course black stains, you just can’t see it as easily as you can on lighter colors.