Cloth Napkins

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I am really trying not to buy disposable products. It also occurred to me when I was looking for cloth napkins that they were ridiculously expensive. This is how I made my new cloth napkins.

You will need:
Cloth of some sort. I used a black twin sized 100% cotton sheet.
I also used some iron on stars for decorations. You could skip that part, or do something else.

Disclaimer: I am using a really old digital camera, so all the red tones are insane when compared to the reality I normally view.
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Step 1: Cut Fabric to size

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When I looked up sites that offered cloth napkins, the sizes ranged from 16 to 20 inches square. Since I am using a flat sheet, I found I could fold the sheet in half length wise, and get two 15 inch squares out of that. So that's four across, and however many down I want.

It's your napkin, so make it as big or as small as you need. My whim was motivated by my fabric size.

I just used my rotary cutter, a yardstick, and a cutting mat on the floor. I suppose you could cut or tear the fabric in any fashion. That almost frightens me, as on this site it's not hard to imagine that someone could be using all manner of insane devices to cut the fabric. Experimental use of cutting torches, high power water jets, and whatnot could be employed, and probably are no more dangerous than a rotary cutter in my clumsy hands.

Step 2: Deal with the Cat

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You might be able to skip this step if you either a) don't have a cat, or b) have one that is less of an impediment to your projects. I have yet to find a fool proof way to keep him out of what I am doing short of locking him in another room. Unfortunately, he is around fifteen pounds giving him an ungodly ability to howl when locked up which is more distracting than just petting him.

PurpleSkull3 years ago
Thanks for the Instructable! I made some mine from a charity shop pillowcase. Handstitched because I've yet to invest in a sewing machine. :)
HeresyOfTruth (author)  PurpleSkull3 years ago
Those are great!
lisajcox3 years ago
How did you do the corners? Did you do a cut at each corner or overlap?
HeresyOfTruth (author)  lisajcox3 years ago
I just folded one side in, and then folded the other overtop. No cuts. :)
soggs747 years ago
here is my question about cloth napkins: don't they get totally stained right away and then if you want to actually get stains off, you'd have to be treating them all the time and have it be a big pain? I've always wanted to make them (and also make nice tablecloths!) but it seems like they would end up being dirty.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  soggs747 years ago
Mine are black, so I would never see a stain if there is one. I just toss them right in the wash. Others that I know that have them, don't worry about it either, no matter what color they make them. Just in the wash. I am not the type of person that pre-treats my laundry. My clothes are lucky to even get sorted. No stains, dinginess, or any of that other hoopla despite that.
This is a great demo, and besides it's witty and amusing. You had me in stitches (pun intented). I especially like the advice on the cat, as mine seems to be related to yours! Thanks!
Steen wendyb3b4 years ago
Well put, wendyb3b - worth reading if for no other reason than the Sneetches reference. Iron-on patches seem to have been put through Sylvester McMonkey McBean's machine - star on, star off.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  wendyb3b6 years ago
Thanks for the kind words. I am glad my instructable was worth reading. I have a going hypothesis that all cats are insane at this point, but I haven't sorted out why.
I have cloth napkins that I bought from Goodwill (cheap, but nice!). And yes, they do get stained - more from grease than anything else. I don't pretreat them, though, because they're only for my household and I know they're clean when I wash them.
daninja5 years ago
Hey, I used to have a cat that wieghed fourteen pounds in pure muscle. Too bad he ran away... ;(
megan_3115 years ago
These are soo cute! I love them! What a great idea!
onwardnorth7 years ago
There is tons we can do to make less trash. This man is an inspiration.

Worth checking out!

No Impact Man
Caya7 years ago
See here is where I'd be handsewing the little things on. I think it would drive me nuts to be so fiddly with machine-sewing the wee little stars.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Caya7 years ago
I am simply much faster on my machine. If I could approach that speed by hand I would have.
Cloth napkins make great gifts too! I once made some with some Christmas themed fabric scraps and gave them to family members as gifts. They were very well received! And I always like to encourage people to practice anti-disposable behavior : )
HeresyOfTruth (author)  outofthewoods8 years ago
That was my aim, too. I am trying to get away from 'disposable behavior' as well. I think I am going to make them as part of the Xmas packages next year, and no one will know I am using fun happy gift time to help leverage towards less waste.
My christmas present this year is going to be my Mom's 1967 Kenmore sewing machine. I can't think of a better project to practice straight lines on! And what a great gift idea for next year.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  lastminutelucy8 years ago
That is a really cool gift. Some of those older machines are much better than the newer ones!
Crash21088 years ago
You are better off punching.
i think he's implying a punch, and just pointing out the proper pressure points you can use to stun your feline companion in one blow. How you're going to move a fifteen pound unconcious behemoth of a cat like that, though, i have no idea.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Robotrix8 years ago
Funny you should mention that. I awoke an hour or so ago with the 15 pound monster on my chest. The sensation was akin to drowning as he flattened my diaphragm into my spine. I must make a mind control levitation device to remedy this.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  Crash21088 years ago
I think he is immune to all harm. I have seen what he has flung himself at, and it is astounding.
hethlee8 years ago
ooh i like these... How easY!
HeresyOfTruth (author)  hethlee8 years ago
LasVegas8 years ago
Wonderful Instructable! Great sense of humor! Astounding Cat! :)
HeresyOfTruth (author)  LasVegas8 years ago
Thanks! The cat is certainly astounded. His behavior is a never ending source of wonder for me.
canida8 years ago
Great Instructable! I added it to the Thanksgiving contest group (do you mind?) because they're perfect for a food-based holiday.
HeresyOfTruth (author)  canida8 years ago
I don't mind at all. I guess they do work well for a food based holiday.