I am a self-proclaimed neat freak, so we go through paper towels very quickly in our kitchen. I started feeling guilty about the amount of toweling I was throwing away each day, so when I came across Miss Sews-it-all: T-Shirt Wipe-Ups Tutorial I was excited to give it a try!
I made a few short-cuts in my instructions below. Enjoy!
Step 1: Cut out a template for the size of towel you want to create. I used a shoe box cover for my template. Turn t-shirt inside out and smooth out on flat surface.
Step 2: Place your template according to where you want the design on your t-shirt featured and trace accordingly. I used a washable Crayola marker, but you can use a fabric marking pen/pencil as well.
Step 3: Cut around your marked lines. Be sure you are cutting the front and the back of the t-shirt together.
Step 4: Pin pieces together.
Step 5: Sew together (using suggested settings below), leaving a small opening on one side to allow you to flip right side out.
Step 6: Flip right side out and smooth flat (lightly pushing out corners).
Step 7: Sew all the way around your piece (using suggested settings below). The only place I used a pin in this step was at the small opening, to make sure the sides stayed tucked in when I sewed over that section.
We use these constantly for wiping counters, washing dishes and cleaning up our messy eater (Noeland). We have minimized our use of paper towels and I love that they are personalized! Many of these shirts have slight sentimental value, so this project is a great way to extend their use.