Saturday, May 2, 2015

DIY Cloth Napkins

   As a stay at home mom living on one income I'm always looking for ways to be thrifty without being stingy. I want to be creative and fun, not that person that recycles used underwear into cleaning rags ( if that's you, don't be offended its just not my cup of tea ).
  One of my favorite things to do is to make my own napkins. I know paper napkins really aren't that much, but never the less, cloth ones are reusable and SO much prettier! So, here is how I made my own for $1.50 each.
First of all you'll need to gather a variety of fat quarters from your local fabric store, I got mine from Jo-ann Fabrics.  I make mine double sided for durability and variety, so you'll want to buy two fat quarters per napkin.
 Step one: You'll need to make sure each fat quarter is perfectly square, so lay them out flat, measure all four sides to the same length and trim
Step two: Once you have all your fabrics trimmed to the same size, decide which two you want to go together, you can either do contrasting colors or keep them the same. Now, with right sides together pin the two pieces together and stitch all the way around about 1/4 inch away from the edge. Be sure to leave about a two inch space for turning.

Step three: Once you've finished sewing, trim the points off the corners and turn right side out. Next you'll want to iron all your seams flat so that the napkins lay nicely.

Step four: Almost done! All that's left now is to hand stitch the opening closed and step back to admire your work! Aren't you proud? Now take a little picnic or host a brunch and show off your new napkins!

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