3 Unusual Uses for Cloth Napkins

Aug 13, 18 3 Unusual Uses for Cloth Napkins

Napkins tend to serve a singular purpose in life: to clean up food. There are dozens of applications for paper napkins, but most of them relate to keeping food and its spills under control. Cloth napkins serve as an elegant alternative to paper napkins, but, they do not have to be just napkins. There are plenty of different, fun things to do with cloth napkins, three of which are below.

1. Make origami. Beautiful restaurants usually have a folded napkin as part of the table setting, but there are hundreds of different folding patterns to try with cloth napkins. These patterns range from the simple, everyday folding, to the exquisitely detailed, time-consuming pieces of miniature art. Try your hand at an unusual pattern the next time you host a dinner party or even gather friends for a simple meal. A pretty design will add a twist of elegance to the gathering. And, if a design is too lovely, use it as a decoration. Display it proudly, or unfold it and try again.

2. Create custom party favors. Perhaps you will be hosting a particular birthday party, or planning a wedding. Cloth napkins can be purchased in bulk, and with this piece of fabric as a base, consider custom elements like monogrammed initials, or a pretty design, or a symbol that best represents the gathering. Napkins can easily be made by hand as well, no extensive sewing experience necessary.

3. Quilt Pieces. If you love to sew, consider a cloth napkin as a simple, pre-cut, alternative quilt square. The napkins come in a variety of sizes, and the pretty and unique design options are numerous. You can even order napkins in bulk, and use them as test scraps, or try out a different stitch on them.

These are just a few ideas for alternate, and fun uses for cloth napkins. Explore the possibilities of creativity, and find what works for you.

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