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« on: July 16, 2008 12:04:13 AM »

We are! For the past few months now.
It started when we got a new kitchen table. Before we had a 50's Formica table that you could do anything on and it would just wipe up. No big deal. But when I got a wood table that all changed. I had the hardest time finding place mats that were fun, interesting and not thick. Well needless to say I never found any that I liked. So I set out to make some for myself and some for the store. While I was at it I made matching napkins too. I hated the fact of buying paper napkins. We were tossing out too many and they weren't even dirty but enough not to put back in the drawer. I was really impressed with how easy they were to make and how well they hold up. We feel like we are super fancy pants too. Well I think they are nice, my son is the one who thinks he is fancy now. And the best part of all...No trash!
Hope you all like them as much as I do!
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2008 04:44:44 AM »

These are lovely! You have inspired me! We also throw away a small tree in serviettes every year...I am definitely going to implement this concept in our house! Thanks for the inspiration Smiley What a great idea.
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2008 06:01:01 AM »

so cute! Wink

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2008 06:05:27 AM »

OMG! i love these! what a great idea!! also, i'm a HUGEE fan of the vintage red/white/blue fabric and the one with the little kids on them. Where on earth did you find them? they're fant-a-bulous! Smiley

« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2008 07:57:46 AM »

Awesome! If I could convince my family to give up paper napkins I would. But alas, they won't even give up styrafoam plates for me >.<

« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2008 11:21:32 AM »

Will have to add this to the growing list of projects...
my family is 99% cloth napkins. maybe if i made them fun, we could pick up the other 1%.  Wink

« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2008 04:42:13 PM »

I've been trying to ween us off of paper towels.  The company I works for sells microfiber towels for ceramic stoves and whenever we come across one that is unsuitable for sale (stained, irregular cut,
horrible stitching) we are allowed to take them home.  Smiley

In my quest, I've been wanting to make my own napkins! 
But I have a question, was there a certain fabric that you prefer that held up well?


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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2008 06:09:41 PM »

The fabric that is the easyest to work with and the one that holds up the best is a mid weight cotton. Nothing fancy. As far as I can recall all my fabric is from the novelty / quilt sections (well actually the sale section but you know what I mean) they were just ones that have been in my stash but that I needed to use up.
Anyhow I just prewash them and iron before I sew but other then that I just wash them with my towels in the washer and pop them in the dryer. I guess if we were to have company or a special shing ding I would touch them up with an iron but or daily uses they are great right out of the dryer. I wash them At least once a week and have been using them for about 3 months now and they look good as new (aside from pasta sauce stains on my sons Tongue)

« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2008 06:36:00 PM »

You rock!  Thanks for the answer and the awesome post. 

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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008 05:04:08 PM »

Mad kudos to you for going paperless! Next project: reusable toilet paper.

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