DIY Fabric Napkins // Low Waste Alternative


I once made a list of the zero waste changes I want to make to be produce less waste. One of those things were ditching the paper napkins and instead using ones made of fabric. Today is the day, paper napkins are behind us, because here I have a very simple guide on how to make your own napkins that can be popped into the wash and reused. We found the fabric at the thrift store and cut them into the size we wanted. So, instead of using paper napkins use fabric napkin that are:
  • Washable and therefore reusable saving the environment a lot of resources
  • Made from thrifted materials - also saving the planet a lot of resources
  • Saving you money in the long run because you do not have to buy disposable napkins

This is so easy I can share it in two steps:
  • Cut the fabric to the desired size (ours are 22 x 24 cm)
  • With a thread in the color of your fabric, zig zag stitch all around the edges to keep the fabric from fraying and cut off the excess thread. You can also intentionally use another color to add contrast to your napkins.


These napkins would also make great gifts for friends and family. For Christmas my mother made napkins from thrifted bed linen for my grandma in the colors she loves. She has also made a bed linen into a table cloth and matching napkins with the other side for a family friend.

This is also the method to make zero waste tissues so if you want a guide with photos then click right here. We have an overlocker to make the clean edges but a seeing mashine will definitely do! 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. 


Soluuna