Monday, January 26, 2009

Make Something Monday #7

Make Something Monday

I was sorting some of Finn's drawers the other day and pulled out a whole pile of receiving blankets. I figured that I'm not using them anymore, but the fabric is still just fine on them. I've been meaning to make some un-paper towels for the kitchen, so I thought to myself, this would be perfect for making them. (I had planned to use some of my flannel stash for this, but now I can hoard that a bit longer!) Since they are already finished around the edges, I just pressed them and used the creases as a guide to serge along. I used three flannel blankets and wound up with a dozen cloths--making four cloths from each blanket. My family goes through paper towels at an alarming rate when we have them. I actually haven't bought any the last couple shopping trips, and nobody has even mentioned that the paper towel holder is empty. But if I put a roll of towels up, they'd be gone in no time! So I'm going to stick these in a basket in the kitchen, and introduce my family to our new un-paper towels!

6 comments:

Felicia January 27, 2009 at 12:35 AM  

Great idea! Now you have my brain whirling with ideas for Graham's old receiving blankets!!! Hmm....

Jolly Mom January 27, 2009 at 1:53 AM  

This is a wonderful idea! Everyone should do this! I think I will unpaper towel my home too. Thanks for posting this!

Chris W January 27, 2009 at 6:59 AM  

Great idea. We've talked about doing that here now that the kids are gone, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. (they would have never gone for it and just bought paper towels themselves) As soon as I can get Lisa's sewing room put back together, we'll have to dig through her mountains of fabric to make some.


She saw something else a week or so ago that she wants to make. They were a fold-up fabric sandwich holder with a velcro closure. Since I take a sandwich to work every day, I use either a sandwich bag, (we was & re-use them), aluminum foil, or a tupperware container. With these things, I can eliminate all of the other 3, which is great. She just has to make 'em fairly large since I'm famous for some GIANT sandwiches, lol.

Patrice Farmer January 27, 2009 at 1:56 PM  

That saves the environment too!

Patrice Farmer January 27, 2009 at 1:58 PM  

Chris, are those the wrap-n-mats she saw. We ordered them for two years until Lea until this year. They are great. I still may have some, come to think of it. I have to find them. But they also are good for the environment.

Diana - FreeStyleMama January 27, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

Great idea!!

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I am a thirty-something mother of two girls and a boy ranging from preschool to middle school. My husband and I keep working and reworking on our goal of raising our family healthier. Our house is a constant work under construction--adding on and remodeling. We're happy to have bought our property a few years ago, but as any homeowners know, owning a home just adds to your list of projects and chores because there's always improvements to be made and maintenance to be done. On our burgeoning homestead, we have chickens, guineas, a few goats, and our most recent additions-rabbits.

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