Friday, October 10, 2008

Napkins

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Okay, so I've completely gone crazy. I hate napkins. Seriously. I NEVER have them in the house, except for birthday parties. I hate paper. I don't, but I do. I have horribly dry skin. ALL. The. Time. When we moved house my hands were so dry touching the boxes was giving me a serious case of the chills. However, I noticed my kids were becoming quite, um.. gross, at the table. Wiping their dirty hands on the table tops (and bottom). I decided not having napkins was LAME.

So, I decided I'd make some. I know, really weird, right? Cloth napkins? Yup. Funny thing is, as a kid I hated cloth napkins! They were always so HUGE, and they didn't seem to be very helpful. I thought, gee, if I make napkins are my kids going to think the same thing?

Then I thought, who says napkins have to be HUGE? Who says they have to be plain and blah? When we were in Launceston this week to pick up my computer (YEAH!!) I ran by Spotlight to pick up some material. I decided if I was going to make my own napkins they were going to be funny and cute all at the same time. Is that possible? We think so.

I grabbed 4 1/2 meters (all most a 1/2 yard) of material. Each one was different. My original idea was going to be to cut the material into about 8 good sized squares, iron a hem in and stitch it up. I ironed the hem into 4 of them and then I thought, Wait, the pattern won't be on both sides (yeah, I know perfectionism.. don't remind me..) so I took a vote to see what the people at the table thought (that means Lawrence!), he agreed that it would be strange with the back looking like the back. So, I "unironed" (is that a word?!) my hem and sewed 2 pieces, right sides together, flipped them right side out, ironed it, and did a top stitch. I only got half the napkins intended, but I figured I can make more. I ended up finding some material at home I'd been saving for something "special" (don't ask me what that is) that worked great for this task.

This means we now have 20 napkins. For a family of four, that probably seems like enough. Funny thing is, my kids think these napkins are so awesome we caught them smearing ice cream on themselves so they could use one. I. Am. Not. Joking. This means I'm going to have to make up more. I don't want to fuss over having enough and if I washed enough today, etc.

We don't have a dryer, so all our laundry is hung out. We like that. In the winter it can be a bit more tough to get everything done, but I'm use to it, and I honestly don't care. That also means I do one load each day, but in the summer I may do a ton at a time if I can. So you see, stressing out over cloth napkins just seems like a complete waste of time.

I figure I'll go back to the shop and pick up some of the great check material. You know, the kind that makes you think summer picnics! It comes in red, green, blue, pink, purple, etc. I figure I'll make some of those the way I had originally planned to make the first ones and the kids could use that kind for lunches. Mind you, they'll probably talk me into something COMPLETELY different that's far more whimsical. Let's face it, I've always got some craft on the table.

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