We have been using cloth napkins for several years now and we absolutely love them. There is no fuss to them. We just use them, throw them in the wash and use them again. Repeat. I’m not quite sure how much money we’ve saved by using cloth napkins, but I do enjoy not having to purchase paper towels. I have no problems with paper, but when I didn’t have the resources to purchase them I needed another option.
We have slowly been making changes that help us cut back on spending. This is definitely one change that has stuck. One day I had a thought to make my own napkins. It didn’t seem hard, it’s just a rectangle.
I bought some simple cotton fabric from the craft store. Cut four rectangles size 18″x20″. To create the side hems, I folded each side over .5″ and pressed (sides first then top and bottom). Then, I folded the sides over another .5″ and pressed again. I sewed around the rectangle starting at one corner and ending up at that same corner. Project done. The yard of fabric was $1.50 and I used maybe $.10 worth of thread. Finished size of my napkins are 16″x18″.
These could even be done by hand. Would take a little bit more time, but it can be done. I remember before I started learning how to sew, I made a satin pillowcase for Curly Cutie’s bed. All seams were sewn by hand with a needle and thread.
If you are familiar with natural hair that has a very curly/kinky texture, you know that this type of hair can tangle and break very easily. I was determined to do my best to protect CC’s delicate, growing strands by making sure she could put her head on something that would not snag them. There was no way I could keep a scarf on her head during the night, so this was the next best option.
I guess I shared that because some people can be intimidated by the thought of sewing like I was in the very beginning.
Back to the napkins. Here is how I used them in a simple tablescape for a nice dinner.
Aren’t they so fun?
Side note: We still have that bottle of grape juice. Could not bring ourselves to open it during the meal. It was made locally and will not be sold anymore. I have no clue why we are still holding on.
This past Valentine’s day I wanted to dress up the table a little, but realized I didn’t have any coordinating napkins. I used my handy dandy serger to whip some up in about 10-15 min. Seriously. I even used some fabric a friend had given me from one of her curtain projects.
Yep, Curly Cutie made name tags.
And yes, this is our drumming baby boy. We decided to give him a place setting too and come away from the highchair. That lasted about 10 min. Lol. He went right back. Good thought, nice gesture on our part though.
And there it is my friends. Easy cloth napkins.