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!!
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.
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
- 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.
Have you tried…?