Cloth napkins are nice to have around. But, if they were expensive, I'd be hesitant to use them, and stain them, and wear them out.
Problem solved. I made some cheap (really cute!) napkins.
Thanks to the thrift store (again), I got some great cotton fabric - enough for 8 little napkins - for a grand total of $2. At the cost of a quarter apiece, I have no problem with using them, washing them, even bleaching them if they get stained.
Last week, I spent a while with my serger, giving these little napkins a narrow rolled hem.
This fabric was actually a pillow sham in near-perfect condition at the thrift store for $2.00. I have no use for a pillow sham, but I loved the cute fabric and the fact that it's 100% cotton.
(One of my pet peeves is the fact that those polyester napkins at restaurants aren't absorbent at all; I needed cotton napkins!) While I was cutting up the pillow sham, I noticed the tag: Tommy Hilfiger (one of my favorite "fabric designers")! Too funny.
While I was making these, I remembered the blue/white plaid fabric leftover from the tea towels I'd made out of a (thrift store) tablecloth (the ones I embellished with very tiny English-Paper-Pieced hexagons).
So, I made four napkins out of the blue/white plaid, and four each of the blue/white stripe and the colorful plaid.
These napkins are about 12 inches square -- just little napkins. Just right for grabbing with a quick breakfast or lunch.
I think they're adorable. AND, we're using them lots!
Setting the table for breakfast is more fun when you've got cute bowls (gotta love Dollar Tree!) and cute napkins!
While I was on a roll, and while I was finding thrift-store deals, I bought some more awesome cotton, and made some regular-sized dinner napkins from some other fabric I fell in love with.
More on that another day. Stay tuned ...