Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Homemade: Napkins

About a year ago our family made the switch from paper napkins to reusable and we LOVE it.  There is something so comforting about the texture of cloth - and we feel good about our small effort to reduce waste.  I have several sets of napkins, but I was thinking I needed another set.  Then I happened to stumble across the blog Stitching Under Oaks.  She had this great tutorial for making cloth napkins and she sponsored a napkin swap.  I jumped on that and it turned out that that the lovely owner and writer of the blog, Lisa, was my swap partner. 

I stitched up a set of napkins for her from this wonderful, sturdy cotton indigo fabric that my mother sent me from Japan.  I sent mine off to her and she sent this to me:

The most beautiful, fiery napkins(almost too pretty to use!) and a few extra homemade treats as well!

My goal in this post is three-fold:
1.  Encourage you to use cloth napkins if you don't already.
2.  Direct you to Lisa's blog Stitching Under Oaks to make your own fabulous napkins.
3.  Thank Lisa for her beautiful homemade napkins and the opportunity to participate in such a fun swap.

I've been thinking Wabisabi Mama should sponsor a swap... any suggestions?


Anonymous said...

I haven't made the switch on napkins yet, but efforts to quit plastic have been going very well. I also buy biodegradable trash bags and I started composting three weeks ago. Being green is fun.

MamaM said...

I don't know why I never thought of this before... I plan on making the switch!

Jenn Myette said...

I LOVE cloth napkins! I have been using them for years. I have never made my own though. Actually, I have never really sewn anything. But I must see potential in myself because I have been saving Paul's "tired" button down shirts to make into napkins. Cloth napkins are also fun to use to wrap a (small) gift.

Pomegranategrl said...

LOVE IT! I love my napkins (as you see them in many of my posts!) Is this a "green" swap? Or swap in general? Either way, you know I am in!