I’ve slowly been switching our home over to washable/reusable things for the last few years, but it’s been quite a process. There were so many disposable items in our lives!
A recent change – which I’ve been thinking about for what seems like forever – is switching from paper napkins to cloth. Yay, we’re finally doing it! The reasons I hadn’t until now are:
- I don’t care for hemming at all! Most, if not all, cloth napkins I’ve seen are one piece of fabric with great hemming and metered corners. No thanks. :/
- They’re not all that cheap when you buy them retail. It would take a pretty long while to make it worth it financially to buy them (though I do realize the environmental impact is worth it).
- And, finally, I don’t actually like the feel of cloth napkins! Maybe after lots of washes they get soft and absorbent…? I don’t know, but they seem stiff and not what I want to wipe my hands or mouth with (at least not when they’re brand new).
All that to say that I decided to sew my own, with soft and affordable fabric! And I love them!! I used fat quarters (98¢ each at Walmart – and that makes four napkins!) and white jersey knit I already had. So each completed napkin set me back approximately twenty-five cents.
Considering that I want to have about 40 (50?) napkins in rotation, I’m looking at spending a little over $10 when all is said and done – not bad at all!
Here’s what I did, if you’d like to make your own:
fat quarters (18×21 in)
jersey knit or flannel
Cut your fat quarters into four squares and discard the leftover fabric. Cut knit squares the same size and match them up with your patterned fabric. Place them with good sides facing each other.
Sew them together with a ¼ inch seam allowance, leaving a two-inch opening on one side. Trim the corners close to the thread (this helps the corners to lie flat when you turn it right side out. Also, trim any excess of fabric all the way around.
Turn material right side out.
Sew a top stitch very close to the edge, starting at the two-inch opening.
What do you think of cloth napkins?
Have you found a brand or Etsy shop that you like, or have you made your own?