What happens when we run out of paper napkins and moolah?

So, I have been wanting to convert our family to cloth napkins for a few months now to do my part in not filling the landfills with so much trash. I just could not ever get around to it, even though I had plenty of fabric. I just kept buying the paper ones anyway. Well, this week we ran out of paper napkins and paper towels and I didn’t really want to spend the money on more since it’s a little tight here right now, so I got out the sewing machine and cut up my fabric and made some…27 to be exact. I know I could have bought cloth napkins cheaper, but I wanted handmade pretty ones and I wanted smaller ones. All the ones I’ve bought and seen at the store are huge. That isn’t very practical for my children or for everyday use.

I wanted to have plenty so that we could go at least a day without laundry in there. I also wanted to have lots of different ones so that we could pick out one that suits our mood or is fun for the meal. However they aren’t very manly, so maybe I need to make a few more! Mine are all smaller, think cocktail size, napkins and none are exactly the same size. I am a perfectionist in many things, but I think sewing frees me from that (interestingly enough). I just like to cut and sew and be onto something new. My favorites for the minute are the ivory floral design with polkadot backside and the orange-y toned japanese-y floral ones with white lining.

On the subject of money tightness…
This wouldn’t be an issue if several things were true of this household. a)picky eaters were not present b)we were better stewards of money c)temptations were removed from sight. I may be back later with a post about temptations or a finished quilt – we’ll see! :)

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday wherever you are! The weather is just beautiful here. We also had a great sermon/lesson/message this morning at church. Fabulous job, Bro. Scott!! Amen and Hallelujah! So far, a wonderful day.

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1 Response to What happens when we run out of paper napkins and moolah?

  1. allison says:

    love these, Tabitha :). Are they double-sided or just one layer. What kind of material did you use? What a great idea :) Of course I want to see a pic of your finished quilt

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