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From The Editors: Recycled Napkins

This week, as we get ready for the launch of the Autumn edition of Rhythm of The Home, our editors are getting together to bring you a collection of tutorials, recipes, etc, for a bit of fun.
Today our Associate Editor, Julia, brings her wonderful tutorial for making easy and inexpensive cloth napkins. A quick and reuseable project that is wonderful for children and adults alike to create, and a great use of any fabric you may have lying around.

We all have pillowcases that we don’t use any more. Maybe they are a wrong size, maybe they are the wrong color, maybe you just don’t like them anymore.

This tutorial shows how to give new purpose and love to all of those old pillowcases. Forget making a dress! Make a bunch of reusable cloth napkins out of a them instead!

From each standard size pillowcase, cut 4 rectangles with dimensions 8″x11″ through both layers of the pillowcase.  You should be left with 8 rectangles….which translates to 4 napkins per pillowcase (all that was left as scrap was the cuff at the pillow entrance of the case)

Stitch the rectangles together wrong side out leaving a 2 inch opening for turning them right side out.
Once they are turned right side out, use a wide zig zag stitch around the whole perimeter, starting at the opening to close .
Each napkin should took just a few minutes start to finish.

Make a bunch of them in coordinating colors and you will have a lovely addition to any family table.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 08.30.2010 9:21 am

    What perfect timing! I am jus tabout to make placemats and napkins out of old pillow cases and sheets for K to take to school. I was wondering how t go about the napkins. THANK YOU!

  2. 08.30.2010 2:31 pm

    I love this!

    Just be sure the linens are 100% (or pretty darn close to it) natural fibers or you run the risk of having non-absorbent napkins!

  3. 08.30.2010 5:49 pm

    they look beautiful – nicely done!

  4. 08.31.2010 3:57 am

    I love this! I make my napkins from vintage sheets and they give such a lovely and homey look to the table!

  5. 08.31.2010 7:21 pm

    These are beautiful Julia. Great idea!

  6. 09.1.2010 10:18 am

    What a beautiful, yet practical idea. I’ve made some before but did not take the fabric double and they did not look as good as yours.
    Thanks for the tip.

  7. 09.2.2010 2:48 pm

    I have been thinking that we needed more cloth napkins. This is just perfect! Thanks so much for the simple tutorial!


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