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« on: November 19, 2009 10:58:16 AM »

Hi there all! I am really wanting make my Momma and my little sister cloth napkins for their homes *my sister is getting married next week! and my Mom is moving into a new home*, but I'm kinda confused on what type of fabric is best. I've seen alot of people using just quilting fabric on etsy, but is there something better? What about linen? I was thinking that for my mom I wanted to make a stencil and stamp a repeating image along the border, but for my sister a print would do just fine.
I am very new to sewing so I am not exactly familiar with weight or anything like that.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2009 12:15:17 PM »

Cotton or linen will be your best choice for cloth napkins.  They both have the best absorbency BUT you can't dry them with a dryer sheet, as that actually will cause some water/liquid resistance. 

I have used cotton out of the quilters section, I use fat quarters, when making certain things and the left overs if big enough become napkins.  I've never had any issues with the fabric.

« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009 09:14:34 AM »

Either cotton or linen have the absorbency that's really nice for napkins. If you are buying at Joann's, look at the "homespun" fabrics near the quilting fabric. They are a little heavier than regular quilting fabric and you can make nice casual napkins with frayed edges.

The colors are limited, though.


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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010 11:37:39 PM »

Ugh!!! I feel so stupid that I never thought of that (not using dryer sheets). My cotton napkins dont hold any liquid and I bet thats why!!! Thanks for pointing out the obvious!
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2010 09:43:55 AM »

Maybe it is my un-natural obsession with flannel, but I have used that for napkins and have been quite happy.

I think most people would prefer a not so fluffy napkin though. Cheesy

« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2010 10:17:38 AM »

I've never heard of the dry sheet issue. I use them and haven't had a problem w/my napkins. I like a thicker cotton myself. I like the idea of the flannel ones.

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