Cloth Napkins: A Do-It-Yourself Gift

by Christine@TheAums on December 6, 2010 · 3 comments

I am not crafty in the sense that I can whip up anything original, but I can follow directions to a T and I love any project that makes me feel like a real do-it-yourselfer.  I am also a sucker for anything and everything handmade.  If you are looking to make a gift for ANYONE on your list for ANY occassion…consider sewing up some cloth napkins. 
Dog-themed napkins for the dog lover- complete with toilet paper tube napkin holders .
I happened to have the perfect shoebox for this gift!

I first got the idea from my friend, Claudia, who keeps her abundant stash of handmade cloth napkins in a cute basket for her kids and guests to choose from.

Here is what I love about this project:

  1. It is endlessly creative- With the variety of fabric out there, the sky’s the limit as far as unique themes go.  Whatever the giftee loves, there is definitely a fabric for it.
  2. The kids can be involved.  My kids love going to the fabric store and choosing patterns/colors they think the giftee would like.  Older kids can definitely handle a basic sewing machine stitch with supervision and younger ones can work on making napkin rings from leftover toilet paper tubes.
  3. It’s environmentally kind.  Anytime we can reduce our consumption of disposable paper goods, it’s a good thing.  Many schools are even asking parents to pack an eco-friendly cloth napkin in their child’s lunchbox. 
  4. It’s affordable.  Every fabric store has a bargain bin where a yard costs less than half the regular price.  Better yet, recycle/reuse old clothing and sheets that you’d prefer not to donate.
  5. Using cloth napkins encourages good manners and independence.  Kids can practice etiquette and learn to clean themselves throughout a meal.
Give it a try!  Break out your sewing machine and do-it-yourself!
Perfect corners give a polished look.
After ironing a small fold on all 4 sides, fold a corner triangle.
Fold up the side to meet at the center of the triangle.
My talents don’t end there…I also sew footie pajamas for stuffed monkeys!
Fold the other side in and voila! Perfect corners!
My oldest, guiding the fabric away from the sewing machine.
Beautiful! If I do say so myself.
Couldn’t resist a little monkey theme!
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CSlane December 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Love it….and I you even gave me a shout out! WOW- I am so honored :) Love the way your shell fabric turned out as a napkin…XO Claudia


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