Guess what I did this weekend? I sewed cloth napkins from a tablecloth.
Are you asking yourself why I would do that when I could’ve just bought some already made? Well, because I liked the pattern of the tablecloth.
Also, I like to make things harder for myself. For example:
I didn’t adjust the tension on my machine. As a result, I got wiggly stitches. Can I pretend I meant to do that?
Anyway, so what’s the deal with me and the cloth napkins? Am I on a mission to get fancy? Do I need to do more laundry? No and no. Here are my two reasons for cloth:
- Save my family some cash money (I like frugality these days)
- Help out the planet (I want to slow down our decent into The End Times)
I’ve always liked the idea of going green, I think we all do. Something about not wasting our resources or consuming products that would result in three-eyed fish – it just seems so responsible and wholesome, don’t you think?
As the granddaughter of a woman who saved every single plastic margarine tub, plastic utensil, Styrofoam meat tray (gack!) and grocery bag; who washed cling wrap and plastic baggies and tried to reuse it all, I’d say I was destined to live a little more consciously.
Which leads me to cloth napkins. I’m on a mission to transition our kitchen to ALL cloth (read: no more paper towels)! I’ve been reading up on the whole thing, and frankly, why wouldn’t I do it? Ever-loving Huzz is on board, mostly because he really doesn’t care one way or the other (though, I’m sure he’ll appreciate saving some dough). So I made cloth napkins as our first step.
Standard sized napkins are twenty inches square, but I made mine about fifteen inches – I got more napkins out of the tablecloth that way. We’ll do fine with a smaller napkin, but if I ever recuperate from that sewing marathon (people, it took an afternoon to make them!), I’ll think of doing larger ones for special occasions.
We used them for the first time last night, and I LOVE them. I DO feel fancy using them – like a grown up! I feel amazing knowing that I made something we can reuse and we’re saving money. And you know what you have when you save money? More money to buy shoes. Let’s keep it real.
*You’re saying to yourself, “Hmmm, maybe she’s onto something. Lemme check this out,” right? Here are some links to some super awesome tutorials for making your very own cloth napkins as well! Let’s be fancy together!