Friday, August 24, 2012

Cloth Napkins

We do our best to be green around here. We started small at first, focusing on the 3 Rs, reduce, reuse, and recycle. The girls are very interested in all things related to nature so it wasn't difficult to get them onboard. It's been a fun family activity to come up with ideas on how we can show the earth how much we love it. One of Lo's suggestions was to stop using paper napkins. Such a great and easy switch for the family, plus I get to make adorable cloth napkins! I took advantage of the having some alone time with G this week and got down to work.

These are for NoJo's lunch box. She only has school three days a week so she only needed a few. 
I love the colors she chose, they match her pink princess lunchbox perfectly!
They are super easy to make. All four were cut and stitched together during one nap-time (with the little one, my projects are measured in how many nap-times they will take to complete). Each napkin is double-sided. I chose to make both sides out of the same fabric, but you can mix it up however you'd like!

To make them I took two 10" x 10" squares and placed ride sides together, then I stitched around all four sides leaving a 2" opening. Then I flipped them right-side-out and topstitched all the way around to close the opening. They make the prefect sized napkins for the little ones. I think it would be fun to embroider them with the days of the week or your child's initials, so many fun choices! 
Next going "Going Green" project is matching reusable snack bags. G and I hit Jo-ann Fabrics earlier this week and now I'll I need is for him to take a nice LONG nap!

What does your family to to be green? Shout 'em out! We're always looking for inspiration!


  1. These are so cute! I saw your comment on iammommahearmeroar and was curious to see how you made yours. I love them! What kind of fabric did you use?

    1. Thanks! The girls love them. I just used regular cotton. I didn't want to go out and buy anything so I just dug through my scrap bin. I like iammommahearmeroar's use of the knit, it's probably a little softer, but my girls haven't complained, it can't be worse than the napkins at school ;-)