I know I am not the first to come up with this idea (thank you Steven for pointing that out!). I realize that their are far craftier mofos out there who are going to read this and scoff at my attempts to try and create something useful out of something… well ok, to be honest it was already useful… but I wanted something more for its existence on this earth than its current form allowed.
Why, pray tell, should the average kitchen towel remain a kitchen towel? Doesn’t it want more for itself? Wouldn’t it rather grace the laps of my dinner guests and gently caress the corners of their mouths, keeping them tidy, making sure no embarrassing trace of dinner is left behind? Than to sit, draped over the edge of my stove, limp and sad?
With that thought, it was decided. I made it my mission to fulfill their inner desire for more and turned several oh-so-chic, white with a red stripe, $0.79 Ikea kitchen towels into a fantastic set of cloth napkins. The result (though not original) was perfect. Not to mention it left the cloth feeling far more upscale and classy.
I worked tirelessly, cutting, tearing, ironing and stitching, until finally after several needle pricks and far too many episodes of Downton Abbey (which explains my copious usage of dead verbiage in this post) I had a complete set of lovely, lap worthy, napkins.
Here is what you are going to do to create your own set of these gems:
Fold the towel in half and cut a small slit in the crease. Using a cutting mat, line the towel up, making sure everything is centered, and run a rotary cutter (I could not remember what that thing was called for the longest time and figured it out by googling “fabric pizza cutter”… enough said) down the center crease creating your two napkins.
Next, fold the raw edge of the napkin over roughly a 1/4 inch (yes, it is no longer a towel, it is now a napkin!) and iron along the edge. Fold once more and iron again, this will hide the raw edge completely and help to keep the fabric from fraying when you wash it. Place a pin on either end to hold in place, it should say because of the ironing, but one can never be too careful.
Use a sewing machine to stitch along your ironed edge or if you are like me and currently with out the fashionings of modern sewing technology stitch as close to a straight line as you can along the edge.
And your done! You have just fulfilled your kitchen towels dreams of becoming more and created a rather fantastic set of napkins in the process.
Now for a dinner party to break them in… I’m thinking barbecue, but that may be a little risque for their first time out.