I dutifully put together a supply list (which I forgot) and headed to the fabric store. I found the cutest fabric with fruit for the pretty side and diaper cloth for the business side. Both of these I pre-washed and got started. Since I purchased a quarter of each of the decorative fabrics, they split nicely into fourths.
For my first try, I used two layers of the diaper cloth for "super-absorbancy". One of the wonderful bloggers that knows way more about sewing than I ever will, gave the great hint of starting your first stitch in the middle of one of the sides instead of the corner. Well, of course I forgot this tidbit, which resulted in an ugly, bulky, uneven corner. Please see Screw-up #1:
After finishing this piece, I went straight to the kitchen to test it's absorbency. I have to say, it wasn't all that great. Matt suggested the fabric needed be washed a few more times before use, so I tossed it in the washer and started my next attempt.
For my second try I decided to use part of an old bath towel. This time I did remember to start sewing in the middle of one side, left an opening and turned it right-side out. When sewing the outside, I found that the corners were way too bulky to sew. I tried turning sewing angled corners, but it still didn't look so great. See Screw-up #2:
#2 did pass the absorbency test. Yeah!!!
For my third try, I went back to the diaper cloth, but added a middle layer of an old, stained, thin kitchen towel. My sewing was much better (practice makes perfect), but it still wasn't very absorbent. See Try #3 with old towel:
Before trying once more, I ran to Wal-Mart and paid $2 for their thinnest white bath towel. I used this for my last try. I also added one more step. After I sewed the first go around (starting in the appropriate aforementioned spot) and before turning it right side out, I cut off as much of the extra fabric outside the seam as I felt comfortable with. Then I sewed the outside seam. This made sewing the corners much easier. So here are the last few pics. I am pretty proud of myself since I have never had anyone show me how to use a sewing machine. I am obviously self-taught, but I had a good time with this one. Thanks for visiting!!!