Lunchbox Napkins

Every year I make some new napkins for the kids. In addition to liking the idea of not wasting paper napkins, I just think it’s cute! So head over to Alpha Mom for my quick instructions on how to make these simple small napkins. This is the perfect project for a beginner. For more napkin projects with detailed instructions and illustrations, you can check out the first chapter of 1, 2, 3 Sew, where you’ll learn folded corners, then mitered corners and finally work on a table runner with mitered corners and pockets. And of course napkins can have endless variations.

Sadly, this is my last post for Alpha Mom. I have loved working with Isabel and being part of the site with such a great line-up of crafters, but since I can’t add any hours to the day, something had to give. I’ll still continue to keep up with what’s going on over there and I’ll be sure to include the fun kids’ craft projects in my regular round-ups.

8 comments to Lunchbox Napkins

  • Sweet! You are on a roll!!

  • Lisa

    great idea I think I will start that tradition – I pack clothe napkins for my children, we use them at home so it makes sense to use them at school. Last year my 4 yr old daughter said she would put hers on the table between her best friend and herself so they would share. I started packing 2 napkins to make her friend feel special!
    Hey you do what you need to do, we all know our limits.

  • Will miss you over at Alpha Mom I had so much fun whipping up hair clips for my neices. I will be jumping over and grabbing your wonderful new book to ensure I dont get withdrawl sytoms

  • Suzanne

    Your timing in impeccable. I have been thinking that I should dig out some fun scraps and make some surprise napkins for the boys’ lunches. Thank you!

  • Aw, Ellen! Thank you for your kind words. It has been a privilege to work with you and have you as part of the team. You are a talent and true professional. You will be missed. And, I too, will be visiting here.


  • jeanette

    Great idea… would also make good cocktail size napkins… My daughter is grown but I think I’ll make a bunch to use when serving appetziers!!! Thanks… happy I’ve found your blog… will keep checking back…

  • These totally inspired a blog post…featured your napkins, too!

  • I love these! Thank you!

    Also, I have a question. I tried making some similar cotton napkins a while ago and they just didn’t feel very nice to wipe our mouths with. I think it was pretty cheap cotton though. Do you have any suggestions for picking out cotton that will feel nice as napkins?

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