If you read me over at Swistle, you know I have been obsessed with enthusiastic about cloth napkins recently. I initially tried them because of a feeling of wanting to purchase clearance merchandise no matter what it is environmentalism, but it turns out we LOVE using them. They’re soft and comfy! And I don’t iron them, and no one cares!
Well, so now I have to buy more than we need, to vent some of my enthusiasm. I don’t even know how many I’ve bought so far, but…many. I could sew clothes for ALL the VonTrapp children out of cloth napkins and still have enough napkins for them to use at dinner.
I bought my starter supply at Target, where they had a bunch of kinds at 75% off. I was hoping they’d have them online, too, so I could direct you to a supply of your own if you wanted to join me in this new shopping environmental endeavor, but unfortunately not. They did have these orange ones similar to ones I bought; the color is PERFECT because it is the same color as tomato-based sauce stains, though the whiteness in the border would make me pause (mine have no white). A set of four is on clearance for about $6.00. [Update: Now they're at 75% off, for about $3.] These are the basic cloth-napkin size: about 20 inches square.
These Kaleidoscope napkins from Crate and Barrel are a better size for children or for not-very-messy meals: they’re more like 7 inches square. A set of six is on clearance for about $6.00. I bought a set: I love that pattern, and kid napkins is one area where I can justify a little more shopping.
I also bought two of these Retro Drop napkins from Crate and Barrel, because they were on clearance for NINETY-FIVE CENTS EACH AND I AM NOT MADE OF STEEL. Or is it stone I’m not made of? Whatever, I bought the napkins.
Etsy has so many awesome options (just search for “cloth napkins,” though be prepared you may also get matches for another kind of napkin entirely), I had to spend like an hour window-shopping to choose which ones to use for the photo. I would totally buy these (or any of the others by Juniper Berries) if I was not already OUT OF ROOM. Seriously, I have to stop. Adding them to my cart MEANS NOTHING.
I found these cute flower napkins on the Pier 1 website. I guess you can’t order online, though? Which is good. Yes, good. I have too many napkins already. On sale for $1.78 MEANS NOTHING.
If you can sew, cloth napkins are a great excuse to buy cute fabrics. Design Sponge did a tutorial last year on how to make them yourself (and check out the comment section on that post for more tips). I’m more of a shopper than a crafter, but I admit I’m tempted by the thought of all the fabric I could shop for.