Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cloth Napkins *updated with pictures*

I was very fortunate to grow up with two parents who cared for each other, us, and the earth. They didn't use cloth diapers because they were trendy. They used them because they were better for our planet (and less expensive). They didn't recycle because the neighbors all did, they recycled because it was the right thing to do. I don't know if they realized then how much they were teaching us about ecology and social responsibility. They are invaluable lessons that I hope to pass along to my daughter.

I only recently learned about Hip Mountain Mama's One Small Change challenge. What a fun way to encourage moving towards a more sustainable, earth-friendly life. And, how perfect. Because, with a new baby, about all I  can handle right now is one small change a month! 

So, our small change for September is really small... but important. Cloth napkins! I'm putting away the paper towels and making some repurposed cloth napkins today. Cloth napkins have a double bonus of being much prettier than paper towels anyways. I'll post pictures when I'm done! 

Here's our first round of cloth napkins! (Apparently, I like green.)

Don't you love the mitered corners?


  1. Great idea! Excited to see the pics when you're done!

  2. I love cloth napkins, I use them every single day! In 2010 I vowed not to buy paper napkins anymore! I haven't made my own but I will because sometimes I don't have the right color or print that I would like. Can't wait to see your pictures!

  3. So funny! We are totally on the same wave length! Move back to CO so we can hang out! I just got back from Costco with my new "unpaper" towels. Micro fiber car rags. I am so excited :) I want to make my own at some point - too many un finished projects right now!

  4. Aunt Linda, I've been thinking of doing this ever since you mentioned cloth napkins when you were here!

    Katie, We are on the exact same wave length! Hopefully, we'll be back in CO in time for the girls to play soccer together! : )

  5. I am so thrilled to have you a part of One Small Change. I have seen so many people switch to cloth napkins through this project and be very successful with it! You are going to love it and your napkins are gorgeous!!

  6. Good work!! Finished project=very successful day!!! Love the fabric you picked!

  7. I need to make some! I have been using cloth napkins since the summer of 2009, but I bought them. I guess I'll add this to my project list !


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