We try to use cloth napkins in our house as much as possible (but when we use paper, we use the kind made of recycled content). If you don’t have any cloth napkins, just make your own with an old t-shirt! The cloth is absorbent and easy to clean, plus since our boys like to wipe their hands on their t-shirts (instead of a napkins), this feels the same!
I took this extra large t-shirt that I bought at a thrift store for $1.99 and turned it into 12 napkins. I’m not going to use these when entertaining guests, but they are good enough to use at home for my husband and 2 sons. The latter 2 manage to either (1) never use a napkin at all or (2) saturate it with ketchup!
I started with a 10″ x 16″ section and then used that as a guide for the other pieces, but not all pieces need to be exact. As you can see, I used up virtually all of the t-shirt. If you are ambitious and have a sewing machine, you might want to finish the ends, but it’s not necessary.
Thanks to Bonnie Becker of Springfield, Virginia for submitting this idea!
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