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IrishgalfromNJ 09-19-2015 03:52 AM

I'm Making Cloth Napkins. It's Fun and Easy.
 
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I made myself a set of napkins a couple of weeks ago using fat quarters. Fat quarters are a really good size for cloth napkins and all you have to do is wash, iron, cut off selvedge and hem it up. I use the tutorial here: http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2...linen-napkins/ to get the nice mitered corners. The napkins were so much fun to make I bought some linen fabric and made a set of embroidered napkins for DD's birthday and I have some Christmas fabric on order to make some holiday napkins for us.

These napkins were made from fat quarters.

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Bneighbor 09-19-2015 04:41 AM

Pretty. I love to make and use cloth napkins. I have made sets for almost every occasion from holiday, birthday, and seasonal. We had friends over for thanksgiving last year. I made each couple a set (of 8) of taupe colored napkins with their monogram on them. I dressed the table with each couple's napkins and then included a pretty bag with the other 6 napkins. What a surprise when they sat down and found such a personal gift.

They take very little time to make. I serge the edges on some of my sets, or roll and miter others. I have a 10 needle embroidery machine, so I stack and embroider 6 napkins at a time. I have also stacked and embroidered on my Baby lock Destiny, 6 at a time. As for "extra laundry", I throw them I with my towels and give them a little pressing when they come out of the dryer.

Reminds me of a time when we were not so busy with our lives and families sat at the dining room table and ate dinner together.

Homespun 09-19-2015 05:30 AM

Nice table napkins.

Bug Lady 09-19-2015 08:08 AM

Thank you for showing this. I too make cloth napkins for the sole purpose of decreasing the use of PAPER Napkins and TOWELS! I guess I am trying to sensitive to our paper and tree use.

I have a couple of rolled hem feet and use them to make sets of 12 single sided napkins. Usually about 3 1/2yrd will make 12 napkins and nearly the same cocktail napkins or cookie napkins. They make excellent gifts for Christmas, Valentines, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, the summer patriotic, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or whatever piques your fancy. Sometimes I buy on sale quilt store fabric while other times fabric from Joanne with a coupon.

If you look at the marginal cost of a load of laundry, nor only are they very cheap (less than penny) but also fit into nearly any load. It just makes sense and cents to use cloth rather than paper. I also use old towels that have have serge up to make cloth rags that can me washed and used over and over--again no paper towels

Now, I will get off my soap box. Thanks for reading.
Karen

BCM 09-20-2015 05:44 AM

Thanks for sharing this idea and just in time for gift giving time of holiday.

luvrazz 09-20-2015 06:03 AM

Remember when my kid brother went to a friends for dinner and came home and said that his friends family was poor they had to use napkins that you have to wash. No paper ones there.

craftymatt2 09-20-2015 07:21 AM

very nice, thank you for sharing

jamsbuying 09-20-2015 10:47 AM

Very nice. I love cloth napkins and have given many as gifts. I use rolled hem on serger for fast, cute napkins.

Ileen 09-20-2015 11:47 AM

Very Nice love the Colors!!

Pete 09-20-2015 12:44 PM

Purchase the seasonal fabric after the holiday....then make the napkins. I make a set for each holiday and give as a shower or housewarming gift. Always appreciated. I always have a stack ready to give.


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