Follow Me on Pinterest
Instead of posting links to Making Do Ideas on this blog now (I'll just post my own projects here though they are few and far between now), I'm now posting them on my Pinterest Board named Making Do Stuff.
You do not have to have a Pinterest account to see it.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cloth Tissues and Napkins

My hubby has gone through an entire two boxes of kleenex with his cold this week, and I couldn't stand to go buy any more boxes. So, I grabbed some of my aunt's old handkerchiefs that I had sitting in a drawer to make a pattern off of and decided to grab one of my cloth napkins as well.

A cloth handkerchief is about 12"x12" and a cloth napkin is 16"x16." On the tissues, I am just using any worn flannel, but on the napkins where I want both sides to look the same, I will only use a plain colored fabric.

I made a square pattern from some green paper that was left at my new house when I bought it. Any paper would do, to make it square, fold it into a triangle. (It just happened to be 12"!)

Pin on the paper pattern to your fabric and cut out. I am using worn flannel since that is about the texture and thinness of the old hankies I inherited.

I then surged around the edge. You could zigzag around or hem it on a regular machine.

And that's all there is to it! I took an old pajama pant leg and a worn flannel shirt. I got 3 tissues from the pant leg and 5 tissues from the shirt. Find a nice tin box or some other container and fill it with reusable hankies.

The same pattern will be used when I get around to making my cloth napkins.


Cat J B said...

Hey, I do this too! Soft flannel is sooo much nicer for noses. Mind if I link you on my new frugal type blog?

Melissa Jagears said...

Cat J B,

Not a problem as long as the permission is mutual :)

Cat J B said...

Yes, any time! Thanks.

Wench said...

What material do you use for napkins and dish cloths?

Melissa Jagears said...

Napkins, I cut up a linen tablecloth.

Dish cloths, I knit from cotton yarn.