I made some linen napkins yesterday for an upcoming event. I got the idea for this from my dear and talented friend over at poppyprint. This is the linen napkin that she made for me embroidering my initials (she made one for each member of our family–this one has been washed in the machine a ton of times and look at what great shape it’s in.)
I made these napkins with some linen that is new, but also with some that is more than 40 years old! The linen in the picture below is from a table runner that had a hole in one end, so I cut off the end and this is a small piece from that, it was lovely to work with. The other side is made with a beautiful Liberty cotton that is re-used from a shirt my mom made about 30 years ago. She wore it out and gave it to me if I could use some part of it. It is SO soft.
As I was trying to decide how to fold these – should I roll them or fold them? I like how these ones look different even if they are made with the same fabric. I also like the idea that the napkins are all different so guests will know which ones are theirs. Fabric napkins are something that we use at partygreen celebrations as another way of celebrating sustainably.