Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lunchbox Napkin Tutorial

Hey y'all! I'm so excited to share this tutorial with y'all. I made a couple of these about a week ago, actually the night before Nick went to school. My husband said I was doing too much, but I wanted a napkin that could be reused. Paper napkins aren't recyclable, and I try to be as green as I can. Nick picked out the Green Lantern fabric, since it's his Papa's favorite super hero. So let's get to the tutorial, shall we?

I started out by cutting my Green Lantern and white flannel fabric 15"x9". Well first, I ironed the fabric. If you end up using white flannel, be sure to put a white towel under it to iron. I had a blue towel under it, and blue ended up on the flannel. Then I went around and pinned the fabric, wrong sides together. 

Make sure that you leave an opening when you pin the fabric. If you need to use a fabric pencil to remind yourself, then do. I just space those pins out a bit further, and that works for me. 

Then, my favorite part, sew! Start sewing on one side. When you get ready to go to the other side, lower the needle down into the fabric and turn. It's an easy and quick. You can either start with the side with the opening, or end with it. 

Here's a close up of the opening. I sewed everything, but that. I ended up leaving around 2" to turn the napkin right side out. 

This step is just as important. You need to clip the corners first, and then trim the excess hem. Clipping the corner helps get rid of the bulk, and makes the end result look great.

After you flip the fabric right side out, you'll need to pin again. Don't worry about fixing that opening first, we'll take care of that shortly. Make sure you used a chopstick ,[or something similar], to get those corners pushed out. We're pinning again to keep the fabric from moving. Now we're going to sew again! This will close that opening that we had. Make the hem at about 1/2", and then go around it again at 3/4". This adds that extra something fun. You don't have to do it, but I love it!

Here's the finished product! The end dimensions are roughly 14"x8". I made two of the lunchbox napkins for now. The flannel works great to absorb spills, and wipe his face. Nick absolutely loves them! I put the napkin and his silverware in a ziplock bag, so they don't get wet in his lunchbox. I hope one day he'll have fond memories of his mommy making his lunch everyday, and the special napkins that I made for him. So what do y'all think of them? If you decide to make some, be sure to comment with either a picture or link to your post.  I have some cute jersey fabric that I'm going to try next. I'll let y'all know which absorbs better.

Thanks for stopping by! Be on the look out for more craft posts! With Nick in school, I have more time to get crafty. 

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  1. What a cute idea! My boys would love something like this in their lunchboxes!

  2. Cute napkin. I have been making napkins like this for many years - they wash well and I feel good about doing my part to keep unnecessary stuff out of the trash can. We use cloth napkins for every meal - I never buy paper unless it is for a kids party or something.

  3. I love this green Green Lantern napkin! :) I, too, try to make green choices for my family and you've come up with a cute one. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  4. Such a great idea! I'm sure a little guy would love that. Thanks for sharing @ Dolly Creates!


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