Some people may call this pack-rat. I like to think of it as re-purposing.
Here’s a little tale of a girl who cannot throw anything away without wondering what else it could become…
About a year ago, we started moving toward a paper-less kitchen, using cloth napkins instead of paper. At first it was an economic decision. Not that it saves a ton, but every little bit counts… We do so much laundry anyway, it’s not extra to throw in a few napkins. But now I just like them so much. There’s something special to sitting down to a piece of toast and tea in the morning, with a cloth napkin laid beside.
It’s the little things.
Most of our napkins are made from larger ones cut in half, folded and sewn. But cutting squares to make the dress-shirt quilt got me thinking about napkins…So, back to the cutting board on a sunny afternoon.
Step 1: Gather up your material (large cloth napkins, old maternity shirts, skirts, sheets). Make some tea and find a sunny spot.
Step 2: Cut the material double the size of napkin desired.
I like the size 5 1/4″ by 7 1/2″. Doubled would be 10 1/2″ by 15″. Adding 1/2″ for the seam would make it a 11″ by 15 1/2″ rectangle to cut.
Although, that takes the fun out of sewing – just “eyeball it” 🙂
OR Step 2: If using cloth napkins, cut in half.
Step 3: Fold rectangle in half. Sew right sides together, leaving one side open.
Step 4: Turn right-side out.
Step 5: Turn the open side ends inward, and sew along the edge all 4 sides.
This is the remaining shirt carcass. I managed to sew 10 napkins out of one shirt. Is it ready to throw away yet? Possibly…but after I cut off the buttons to keep. Snowman Button Christmas cards, anyone?
Now when I tell Andy his shirt looks nice, he has to wonder if it’s in danger of becoming a napkin the next day 🙂
We are so happy to have him home. Thrilled, really!