Mini Fabric Scrapkins
Cloth napkins are the way to go: for style, for reusability, and for convenience. They're softer and more sustainable than paper, and, if you make them out of fun fabrics, they add a little panache to your world. This particular take on cloth napkins is a little more casual, and a little more portable than the basic cloth napkin. These aren't the cloth napkins that will keep your legs warm in a restaurant (I know you've done that), but they'll wipe the grab 'n' go breakfast you're eating in your car on your way to work off your face.
I suggest you keep a few of these in your glove box, use them as hankies, or you can set them out for tea or coffee. The next time you're doing a sewing project, repurpose your scraps into these fun and easy mini napkins.
How to Make Scrapkins
- Collect scraps from sewing projects and/or buy fun fabric you like
- Iron fabric and cut into 6" by 6" squares
- Overlock edges with a serger or use a locking stitch on a sewing machine.
It's fun to use thread colors that contrast with the fabric you're using but any thread color will do.
The No-Sew Version
- Collect or buy scraps and Heat Bond
- Iron fabric and cut fabric into 6" by 6" squares
- Cut the Heat Bond into 6" by 6" squares
- Iron the Heat Bond onto the wrong side (the side you don't want to show) of a fabric square
- Peel the paper off the Heat Bond
- Place another fabric square, wrong side down on the Heat Bond surface of the first piece
- Iron the two pieces together
- Use pinking shears to trim the edges
The no-sew version is fun because it doesn't require any sewing skills and you get napkins with different fabric on each side. You can get really creative with the combinations of fabrics. These will be stiffer than the overlocked napkins because of the Heat Bond but they'll still get food off your messy face.