Thursday, January 28, 2010

Whats lunch without a napkin?

The past couple times I've taken my kids to the park for a lunch play date, both me and the other mom I went with, forgot napkins. I had all my reusable bags but didn't have a I had my daughter use one of the baggies as her napkin. Which gave me an idea...I need to make me some reusable napkins!!

They would be good for a couple reasons...the first, well they're good for the environment. Second, they won't blow away. I don't know about you, but I can't even count the number of times that my paper napkins have went sailing when there's a gust of wind. They will also be fashionable and absorbent!

After giving it some thought and looking through my fabric stash, I decided I wanted mine to be 2 ply. Use a designer type cotton fabric backed with some type of fabric. Today I picked up a few different types of backing and washed them. I didn't like the way the white flannel washed so I ditched that. The thick white fabric was pretty soft on one side but I felt it would be too thick once another layer of fabric were added. And so the third choice was a white sort of muslin type fabric that said it was oil and stain resistant...I didn't get the name of it but it seemed to fit the bill. So with that...I will introduce Paper Saver Napkins. (ok there is a theme here....) I had my oldest daughter pick the fabrics since these are going to be the ones we try out for awhile before I start offering them in my etsy shop. I will keep you posted.

This picture shows the front (brown) and back(white)
These are the 3 designs I made for our use...they are the size of a regular square paper napkin when folded like this.
When unfolded, they are 12"x12" The fork and spoon will give you an idea of the size...
This was the fabric my oldest daughter chose for her napkin. She picked the pink and purple for her sister!

Let me know your thoughts! Thanks.


  1. Those look great! As always I will want some! I love the idea and you know we use cloth napkins everyday for Isaac. I even use them at dinner. It saves me on buying a bunch of napkins. I love the animal one and the brown one. Now I need to see them in person.

  2. I hope you don't mind but I linked this blog off mine. Now it is easier to see. Yeah!