DIY Cloth Hankies
on Jan 23, 2012, Updated Jan 18, 2022
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Instead of paper towels, we use dish towels.
Instead of paper napkins, we use cloth napkins.
Instead of disposable diapers, we use cloth diapers (when we can).
Instead of baby wipes, we use cloth wipes.
It works out to be a considerable savings for us and I like it because it’s a green option.
One of my goals for 2012 was to stop buying tissues. I’ve worked through my stockpile and we’ve been out for a while. I have resisted buying them, but not because I made my own, simply because we’ve been using toilet paper. That’s kind of missing the point, huh?
Today, I was motivated to finally make hankies. I grabbed some old t-shirts, my great cloth scissors, the cutting mat, and my tissue box, and of course my computer.
I love Google! It can find about anything and I quickly found a couple blogs posts to read. This first blog I looked at sewed cute rectangular tissues. Very cute, but more work than I wanted today.
The second blog made cute no-sew round hankies with a roto-cutter. Too bad my roto-cutter is MIA. I decided to go with her approach, but using my scissors.
Following the directions from Blog #2, I used the lid of my tissue box as a pattern, and since there was no way I was going to get a nice edge with my scissors, I made a jagged edge out of my (husband’s) old t-shirts. Don’t tell him, though. He hates to get rid of t-shirts.
Then, (since they’re
kind of ugly) I put them inside my paper tissue box. I figure it’s ok for snot rags to be ugly, but once my no-spend challenge is over, I may go buy a new roto-cutter and make some cuter ones!
They are nice and soft, and once they’re used, we’ll just throw them in the laundry with my cloth diapers. And I’m feeling proud, because I have just knocked one thing off my to-do list for 2012.
And while I was busy making hankies, my son was busy at work on a Ninja outfit to go with the Mycenean shield he made earlier in the day. He can do just about anything with tape – duct tape, electrical tape, scotch tape, masking tape…it really cracks me up.
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