I have been successfully using very few paper towels for years now, and it has occurred to me that I should probably just give them up when we run out this time. About a year ago, I bought some new dish towels. My old ones were worn, and stained, and I was just tired of looking at them. Plus my rag bin was small and didn't have very many "good" rags.
However, when I switched them all out, I realized, I had a LOT of rags. I had no were to put them either, because my little bin for rags was just that, LITTLE.
I browsed Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule and found a cute idea for a rag bag. However, I didn't want to use any of my fabric, it was too nice for a rag bag that is hidden in the closet, and I didn't want any thing frilly. It needed to be sturdy. My family can be a bit rough on things, and I want the kids to be able to grab things out of this bag without worrying they will rip something and I will have to find time to fix it.
So I made two bags. One for little rags, and one for big rags (messes are different sizes you know). For the big one I sewed two towels together. Then I took an old towel that I hated, and cut it up to make handles. Viola, it was done. The smaller one was even easier. I took one towel folded it in half, sewed up the sides, put on a handle, and I was done.