I’m not the greenest gal on the face of the planet, but I like to do what I can.
We’ve tried using cloth napkins before, but it’s never stuck.
For one thing, we had supply issues. There simply weren’t enough napkins to last between launderings. Actually, we do technically have enough napkins, but most of them aren’t of the sort that I’d permit small, messy children to use on a regular basis.
Which leads to the other main problem: I got tired of treating stains and/or ending up with stained, sad napkins.
A third minor issue was that regular cloth napkins seemed SO huge for everyday purposes, especially for kids. (Think: more stains, more crumbs trapped in more folds).
Then I had an idea. I would look for inexpensive, colorful napkins and cut them into quarters.
We’d have an ample supply, the size would be perfect for everyday use and the colors would hide stains. Plus, they wouldn’t be my “good” napkins and I wouldn’t care as much about their fate.
A few months ago, I finally found the perfect napkins at a local thrift store: one set of 4 over-sized napkins and another set of 2 regular napkins. All brand new, and super colorful, for about $6 total.
The only problem is that I don’t sew.
I wish I did, but I’ve tried a few times (granted, I was 12 years old for the first attempt, and for the second attempt I had an ancient, inherited beast of a machine that was simply worn out by the time it came to me) and have finally come to terms (I think) with the fact that I likely will never be a seamstress.
So a super-nice friend agreed to quarter and sew up our colorful napkins. I just got them back yesterday, and put them to use right away.
So far, so good! The boys love them, and they are the perfect size to fold in half into a rectangle.
They also fit (sort of) in our napkin basket, with a little rearranging.
I’m really hoping to ditch paper napkins for good this time! (I’ll keep you posted…) Anyone else use cloth napkins? Any tips?
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