Earth Week Tip #4: Need Napkins?

April 24, 2012

Here's a great idea for meal time -- making no-sew cloth napkins! It is a great way to save some money and get the kids involved.

You can usually find inexpensive fabric remnants at a craft store, such as JoAnn's or Hancock Fabrics, for as little as $0.99. Sometimes these stores run a 50% off sale which would make these remnants even cheaper. Have your kids choose their own fabric for their napkins. Since these would be for every day use, you don't have to go fancy. Be sure to get fabric that is not dry-clean only or hand-wash only. You will want to toss them into the washing machine and dryer.

If you have some pinking shears (scissors with a zig-zag blade), simple cut the fabric into squares or rectangles in the size of your choice. Great sizes might be 12"x12", 12"x16" or 16"x16". The pinking shears prevent the thread from fraying on the edges, making them quick to make. Of course, you could use fusion tape or sew the edges for a cleaner look if you'd prefer.

Using these no-sew cloth napkins will save you money on the purchase of paper products. No need to stock-pile packages of napkins. They are easy to make, easy to use, and easy to clean. You'll notice a reduction in trash which is great for the environment! 

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