Homemade cloth serviettes/napkins
This is a very simple idea. They’re meant to be the best ones, aren’t they? Well, I’ll just keep telling myself that.
In an effort to cut back on my use of paper towel and reduce waste, I have been turning our ripped clothes that the thrift or charity stores won’t want into cleaning cloths. I was mid-ripping session (it’s quite therapeutic) the other day and admiring the lovely fabric in Gordon’s business shirts and I had an idea. Ding. They would make awesome serviettes, napkins or whatever you call them. I love cloth ones. They always remind me of being in a fancy pants restaurant. It would also cut out even more paper – no more paper serviettes or napkins. Before you despair at the extra work, stay with me, I promise you they’re easy.
If you feel inclined, you can of course hem these little numbers, but I prefer them with the frayed hem and I suspect turnover will be high with these, so I want to be able to whip up a new batch at the kitchen bench whenever I need them.
The idea is when the serviettes or napkins start looking a bit sad they move onto the next step in their life cycle and become cleaning cloths and eventually, the cotton ones end up in our compost bin.
If you’re going to make these, you have to promise that you won’t iron them, particularly if you’re using them everyday. It’d defeat the purpose of the no-fuss. Besides, the rustic and wrinkled look is a badge of honour.
If Mrs Jones lifts her eyebrow at the lack of starch, give her a smug look and tell her about the trees, packaging, transport fuel, not to mention the bleaches, formaldehyde and… Feel free to keep going until you feel you’ve covered it, but don’t forget to ask if she’s still using paper ones. Just kidding! I would never do that ; )
Minimise washing by giving everyone their own serviette ring (I have gathered this motley crew at markets and thrift shops.) This means that you only wash when they need it. Although, I realise that some still need to be washed everyday…
Scissors and unloved shirts, tea towels or other linen.
How to make your napkins/serviettes:
I like BIG ones that really cover the lap or can be turned into bibs, but have a think what will work for you. Simply, cut around the unusable parts of the fabric and cut into a square – fold on the diagonal for a guide line.
Pull some of the loose threads to fray the edge.
When you wash them more threads will come loose. Just snip them off and head on your merry way.
Some of you might recall that last time I hacked into one of Gordon’s shirts it didn’t go so well and is known as the crafty fail.
I would love to hear how you reuse old clothes.