Reusable Cloth Napkins For Kids


For Christmas this year I asked my Mom for cloth napkins for the kids. Like most kids, mine are pretty messy eaters. At every meal I have several choices:

a. give everyone a paper napkin

b. give everyone a kitchen towel

c. at the end of the meal clean all faces with the same kitchen towel

I am not really a fan of any of these. So here comes the awesome idea!

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My Mom uses bandanas as napkins. They are 99 cents at Hobby Lobby and they come in cute patterns. For adults she uses a whole bandana as is. We got to talking and figured that I could easily cut the bandana in fours and have make four napkins from one bandana. Plus you would only need to sew two of the four edges. Easy!

Here is what you need:

– sewing machine

–  iron

– scissors

– Collection of cute bandanas. This would also work with simple cotton cloth.

IMG_1489Hold the corners together and pull crease with your scissors. I decided not to make a big fuss out of making perfectly square napkins. But this helps to quickly find the center. Make a cut.

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I use the cut to rip the cloth in two. Now you have two rectangles.

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Do the same as above with your two rectangle pieces.


Now you have a nice little square. Fast and simple.

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Heat up the iron. Flip your square over to the side with the edging sewn over. Then fold and iron your raw edges.

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Fold it over again and iron. This keeps the cloth from fraying in the wash.


Once you are done ironing, sew down fold on your machine. I like to turn the corner without cutting the thread.  Just one long stitch.


Now you have a cute kid size cloth napkin! My kids are going to love these.  I love that they are a cute, cheap and earth friendly way to clean little messy faces.


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