Have you heard of unpaper towels? I had but didn't pay much attention until joining a frugal living swap this weekend on Craftster. Some of the swappers in previous swaps gave these as part of their packages. I don't think we go through a large amount of paper towels but I have been giving some thought to cutting back and have been using my dish towels to clean more things where I would have grabbed a paper towel in the past. There are some things I refuse to use cloth to clean up (pet poop). I did a Google search and was amazed at how many people are into this! I just ordered some birdseye cotton from a seller on Etsy so that I can make a bunch of these.
I made a few of these last night using cotton flannel on one side and unbleached cotton muslin on the other. I just wanted to try out the concept. I am even thinking that these will make great casual, everyday napkins! The only downside? They're so cute that I don't want to get them dirty! I already have more cut out and ready to sew in a brown/cream/black batik and black flannel. Can't wait to get started on those!