Homemade Cloth Napkins

This is the third time around for this fabric. A woman I used to clean and landscape for made her own cloth napkins, as well as a picnic blanket, out of this. She eventually gave the fabric and napkins to me. We used and eventually lost the napkins. The picnic blanket became our laundry room curtain. Now, at a new house, the curtain is no longer needed. So into the fabric basket it went. And out it came again to fill our need for more cloth napkins.

Thank you fabric.

First I cut it into strips. The fabric had wide stripes of two different prints.

Then I ironed the fabric strips.


Then I surged down the long ends of the strips.


I changed my surger thread to be one dark mossy green, one light blue, and two neutrals.


Then I cut the strips into napkin sized squares, letting the pattern guide me.


Finally I surged the other sides of the squares up.


No it was not nighttime. The camera just caught the light that way. It was 4:30 on a grey Portland day.

Here they are finished.


I tied the knots and cut the treads.



In the drawer.


Cat approved.



About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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