My Nona (grandmother) told me once that the best dishtowels she has ever owned are the ones that my Bis Nona (great grandmother) gave her as a wedding gift. They are hand-made out of old flour sacks, cut up and embroidered around the edges. Flour-sack towels are perfect for drying dishes as they are super-absorbent.
Ever since Nona told me about her towels, I have searched everywhere for old flour sacks. You can find them online, but as they are very trendy right now the prices are through-the-roof. Well, I stumbled upon this HUGE flour sack at an antique store yesterday for only $20! It's actually 4 flour sacks sewn together.
So this afternoon I washed it:
Then I ripped the seams:
And then I cut each sack into 4 squares to make 16 towels: