Easy Upcycled and Repurposed Napkins Tutorial

Now that our family has grown to five, we started going through napkins left and right.  It seemed like I was constantly buying paper napkins.  This prompted me to make some of my own napkins.  This is sooo easy, even to a beginning sewer like me!!

Re-purposed and Reusable Napkins

Yes, you can buy your own cloth napkins for cheap at a second hand store or garage sale.  The thing I like best about making my own is that I get to pick the material and fabric pattern.  We have linen cloth napkins that, frankly, aren’t that absorbent.  The best material, most absorbent material I have used has been my husband’s worn out flannel pajamas.Re-purposed and Reusable Napkins

Pictured below here is my daughter’s converted old knit dress that we got as a hand-me-down with a thick black mark on it.  My Ellie girl wore it as a play dress, and then I finally decided she shouldn’t wear the stained dress anymore.  I liked the design so much, though, that I wanted to make it into napkins.  My knit napkins are my second most absorbent napkins.  Knit might be a bit tricky to sew (but not too bad) because it’s stretchy.  Just don’t stretch it out as you sew.

Upcycled and Repurposed Napkins Tutorial Instructions

What you’ll need:

  • fabric old or new: whatever size rectangle you want. I use about a 6”x12” for my little kid napkins, and 15″x15″ for my adult napkins.
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread
  • iron

Reusable Cloth Napkin Collage

The Instructions:

  • Cut fabric into 4 long rectangles (or however many napkins you want).
  • Fold all four sides in twice 1/4”, and iron down so no raw edges are visible. Hint, if you use the hem of the clothes, that’s one less side you have to sew!!
  • Optional: you can cut the corners you when you sew around, the corners aren’t bunchy.
  • Sew all the way around each napkin, and you are done!

Do you have any clothes or other material that you might be able to turn into napkins?

**Pictures updated 11/13.

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About Sonja

Sonja is a lover of the Lord, family, and friends. She digs DIY (especially re-purposing), fancies fitness, foods (whole), & fellowship. She is a thrifty thinker and jives with jazz. “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2 ESV). Thanks for visiting!
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6 Responses to Easy Upcycled and Repurposed Napkins Tutorial

  1. What a great idea! I have a ton of old shirts I could use. I am thinking they could also be cleaning rags like swiffers, too!

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    p>This is fantastic! I really want to get rid of all the paper products in our house. This would be a great start.

  3. This is perfect, Sonja! Thanks so much for linking this up at Tiny Tip Tuesday :)

  4. This is great! I’ve been meaning to cut down on our paper consumption, and been meaning to do cloth napkins but never occur to me to use old clothes I already have!

  5. Claudine says:

    Hi Sonja, I also wrote a blog a couple years ago about the same thing! I used some old sheets and my Mom and I had a great time making them. It has been years since I bought paper napkins….I just love using them!

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