To do: Make cloth napkins for your children to use at home
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Patterned material from the craft store or recycled dish cloths
For this activity, we’d like to make the case for cloth napkins and share a resource for how to make your own!
Cloth napkins aren’t as commonly used in the average household as they once were. Perhaps because paper napkins are so easy to come by, or the fact that you have to wash cloth napkins. Whatever the reason, we invite you to use cloth with your child!
1. They’re environmentally friendly. Habits start young, so why not encourage this easy resource saving tradition?
2. Cloth is more durable. Big spills happen, but usually require lots and lots of paper to clean up. Cloth can make cleaning up spills easier for your child!
3. Using a fun pattern, something your child likes, will make the napkins feel special and your child will be excited to use them.
Activity: Make Cloth Napkins
Try making your own cloth napkins. It’s not too difficult, and can be fun to do side by side with your family. Involve them in every step, from going to pick out the fabric to cutting and sewing!
Some ideas for fabric: Hobby stores often sell scraps at a deeply discounted price. Let each of your children pick a few different patterns they like! Alternatively, do you have kitchen cloths that need to be repurposed? If it’s a thick material, consider its new life as a napkin!
Next: Cut into squares. The do-it-yourself instruction below suggest 13×13 inch squares, but you can choose how large you’d like them.
You can also choose if you’d like to make your napkins two sided, perhaps a different pattern on either side. Whatever works for your family!
Here are some DIY instructions to get started. Think about each step, and consider how your child can be involved. Older children can snip the squares, while younger children can perhaps tidy up the scraps in a pile and discard them for you!
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