I love a pretty table setting, don’t you? Since we eat at home 99% of the time, it’s important to me that my table look inviting and lovely (even if we’re just eating yesterday’s leftovers!)
One of the ways I set a homey table on a budget is by making my own cloth napkins. Not only do I save money by not purchasing paper products, I also have a pretty presentation for every home-cooked meal! I have about a half-dozen napkin sets that coordinate with my basic colored place mats and I just simply toss the napkins into the wash with my dishtowels after dinner.
These cloth napkins are super-simple to make and are a lovely hostess gift. Coordinate them with your seasonal decor. Tie up a set with a raffia-ribbon to gift during the holidays!
I recommend using high-quality cotton quilting fabric for your napkins. Stains will come out more easily in the wash and you won’t have to press them after a tumble in the dryer.
I have been using the same pattern for years, from seamstress and fabric designer Heather Bailey. Her template for easy-to-do mitered corners is so helpful! And if you need beautiful fabrics, she sells them on her website too.
Looking for fun and creative napkin folding techniques? I have culled some on my Pinterest board This Life.