Friday, January 20, 2012

i use cloth napkins because they're pretty

I like the way they look. They make all our meals feel special. They feel good on our hands and faces. And it's just what we're used to.

Because I use them for their beauty, I was very sensitive to the fact that ours weren't beautiful anymore. After many years of service they had become faded, stained, and worn. It was time to make some new ones.

Along with the vintage linen white napkins (still in their package) my neighbor gave me, I also made about a dozen or so colorful napkins. They are so easy to make. If you start with a fat quarter of fabric (18" x 18") all you have to do is hem the edges 1". They are also equally easy to buy premade!

I keep a small basket in the kitchen where we throw our used napkins (after they're actually dirty). Then I wash them about once a week. The girls fold them and put them away. We have a large stack (about 30) so there are always clean ones ready.

Do you use cloth napkins? What's your reason?


  1. love your cloth napkins! so pretty! we use cloth napkins, yes, for green reasons and i like how they feel. ours are just plain solid ones, not sure where we got them, but i wish they were as cheerful as yours :)

  2. i like how they feel, too, krystina. i'm sure your "plains solid" ones are beautiful! never underestimate subtle beauty!

  3. I inherited a few boxes of fabric and wasn't quite sure what to do with all of the pieces. I am pretty sure there are several pieces that would be perfect for cloth napkins. Thanks for sharing.


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