I’ve been trying to find more ways to eliminate waste in my daily life, and one easy change I’ve made is switching from paper napkins to cloth napkins. There’s really no need to throw out another napkin every time we eat, when cloth napkins are so easy to make (or buy). To keep them clean, I just wash them with my dish towels, and I keep enough on hand to last for about five days to a week. Even if you only have minimal sewing skills, cloth napkins are super easy to make.
Step 1: Start out by making sure all your fabric is pressed. Wrinkles will mess up your cuts. Once your fabric is nice and smooth, cut out squares of it. I decided to make mine 8″ by 8″, but you can make yours at whatever size works for you. I chose to have patterned cotton fabric for one side (which came from a vintage pillowcase) and plain white cotton for the other side.
Step 2: With right sides together, stitch the two squares of fabric together on three sides and part of the fourth side. The picture makes it more clear. By leaving the gap, it makes it easier to turn the napkin inside out (or rightside out, depending on how you look at it.
Step 3: Clip the corners so that they will turn out neater. Turn the napkin inside out. Press the heck out of it. It should be nice and smooth, with crisp edges.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1 -4 until you have the desired number of napkins. Prepare a delicious meal, and enjoy your new eco-friendly napkins!