Craft mania continues

Today I’m making flannel towels that you snap together and wind onto your kitchen towel roll for the convenience of paper and the eco-friendly affordability of cloth.  Since I don’t have any snaps at the moment, I’m thinking about doing buttons.  These will probably be Christmas presents for someone.  🙂  Here’s a picture of the fabric I’m using ($1/yard at that great sale a week or two ago) and here’s the link to the idea.  Fun, eh?  I’m off to craft!




  1. Oh, Mary….. May I be bold? Don’t do the buttons!! I can only imagine what a pain that would be to have to unbutton them each time you want one. The snap idea is fantastic and so much like real papertowls. Pop! You just rip it off.

    • You’re right, Krystal. The snaps are part of the fun of the project. I did think of velcro too, but that is such a pain in the wash. I think I will go get some snaps.

      • Krystal says:

        I wonder if you could just roll them in a way that you could snap one off. If you overlap them by a half and keep rolling I wonder if they would stay together and yo could yank one off. And you are right about the velcro. I don’t think that would last long.

    • Heather says:

      I agree with this idea. I was thinking that with flannel, it would probably kinda “stick” and maybe you could just lay them out kinda overlapping and roll them on. But maybe they’d be too wrinkly after being washed.

  2. I was thinking of making these but using small pieces of velcro instead.

  3. You really are putting all this pinterest inspiration to good use! 🙂

  4. Mary,

    I think I might consider just rolling them with a little overlap…rather than snaps…I love the idea…may try this myself.

  5. I don’t know materials well, is the flannel good at absorbing?

    • HI Polly, Yes, flannel is very absorbent. Back when I was cloth diapering my kiddos, it was some of my very favorite diaper fabric.

  6. Anna Marie says:

    Mary, if you really want to do the snaps, I have a snap press and snaps you are welcome to. 🙂 I kind of like the idea of overlapping the “sheets” though, for ease of use.