How to Make Cloth Napkins

Cloth napkins not just for those fancy-pants restaurants; they can be used at home to add or change the mood of any table, and quite inexpensively as well. They’re also much more environmentally friendly than paper napkins or paper towels – just think of how many uses you can get out of them! They can last for years with heavy usage, and won’t clog up the landfills or your trash can like those thin little paper counterparts.

Cloth napkins can cost a few dollars each to more than $5 each and the ones in stores still might not be quite your style. But you can easily make your own cloth napkins at home with minimal effort — and get maximum results. You don’t even necessarily need sewing skills; they can be made either by finishing the hems or by simply raveling them for a fringed look.

<h2>How to Make Cloth Napkins</h2>

To make cloth napkins, start with good, 100% cotton fabric. Fabric can be purchased at craft stores like Joanns, fabric stores, or even discount stores like Wal Mart, for under $2 per yard.

Next, wash, dry and iron the fabric. When it’s dry and smooth, cut out 14 inch squares to make dinner napkins, or 6 inch squares for cocktail napkins. Fringe the fabric squares by gently pulling out the strands of string along the edges, starting at the top of the cloth. Pull about ¼-inch of strings on all four sides for even seams.

Use a different napkin ring for each family member to differentiate between the napkins, or designate a different color or design for each person, and use them over and over again until they require laundering. In addition, you can designate a certain color or pattern for wiping down the counters, cleaning spills, etc.

To wash, simply toss into the laundry with other colored or white fabrics on the gentle cycle. About 10 dinner napkins are the equivalent of one t-shirt in weight and size. Dry on low heat and remove promptly to reduce wrinkling. You can also line dry the napkins in the summertime. If they do wrinkle, iron with a warm iron to smooth out the fabric.

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