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Archive for May, 2012

Projects Galore! Not a Paper Towel.

People are always asking me if I’m on Pinterest yet.  Nope!  And I plan to keep it that way.  Why?  I’m not opposed to the concept.  In fact, it’s a great idea.  The reason I stay clear is because if I see a project, I HAVE to try it, and I manage to find enough ideas through needs I see in my day-to-day life or simply stumbling upon them as I visit other sites.  Take this one, for example.  Last week I realized I was out of white caps for snaps.  I had to order more, and while I was on the site, I noticed a link to “101 uses for KamSnaps”.  I HAD to look!  And here is the link that caught my eye

Of course I HAVE to make these “un-paper towels”.  And so I did!

My finished roll of towels.

A single towel

The recipe called for two yards of flannel and two yards of terry to make 13 towels.  Flannel was on sale this week at $2.99 a yard, and I got my terry with a 50% off coupon and scored an extra 2/3 of a yard from the end of the bolt.  I spent $10.66 on terry and was able to cut 16 towel size pieces from it.  It took about 30 sets of snaps (about $1.50 worth) and I had to buy a piece of plastic canvas for $1.79, but I think I’ll get four rolls from it.  So, the project cost me around $17 (could have been double without sale prices).  Oh…and I should factor in the cost of my machine…which I BROKE in the process.  I don’t know yet how much it’s going to cost to replace the knife on my serger.  :(

Pros of this project are that it’s pretty easy to put together and the towels are really pretty and practical.

Cons are a bit more involved.  There seemed to be quite a bit of waste in pieces that aren’t really big enough to re-use.  I was able to make 8 baby wipes from the leftover flannel, but the remaining pieces are too small to make anything that I’m aware of, as were all the terry scraps.   (I’m pondering this problem, and I DO have some ideas…another reason I don’t need Pinterest!!)  Also, I felt like the finished towels are really too thick to look nice rolled up.  By the time I got the last towel snapped on, the roll was too big for it to fit all the way around.  In addition, it took about 6 hours to cut and sew it all.  (Not sure how much time the serger would have saved me since it broke on the third one!)

Overall, I like this project and I think that it is something I will make in the future, however, I’m going to try a thinner option for the terry layer.  I’m leaning towards organic hemp French terry which would cost about $15 per set of 13.  It’s more expensive, but I think the result would be well worth the extra cost.  Not sure yet if I will add it to the list of items on Hopeful Thoughts (need to seek permission from the creator), but it’s definitely in the list of gift items!