We don't like to brag, but...we have the most awesome mother-in-law!
We used to burn through a lot of paper towels, using them as quickie napkins, until one day we realized just how wasteful that was, and resolved to start using cloth. Lucky for us, our mother-in-law Marianne is a fabric artist and master quilter, who came up with a clever idea for our napkin collection. She made us a set of 12"x12" napkins, completely reversible, with an 'adult' style pattern on one side, and a kid-appealing pattern on the reverse.
These napkins are 100% cotton, and even after repeated launderings, they still look great. We don't sew, so we can't tell you how she made these (magic?), but the edges have a double seam, and when they are laid flat, you cannot tell that the pattern isn't the same on both sides.
On the table, the mix of patterns is eclectic and fun, and when not in use, they sit rolled up in a basket in the kitchen, for easy access. These look as good with our mismatched Fiestaware as they do with our Royal Warrant China! And if you choose to DIY these yourself, the sky is the limit, fabric-wise. Imagine a set of Amy Butler or Denyse Schmidt fabrics as napkins!
We are committed to living a little greener, and the switch to cloth napkins was one of our first changes. Several years later, we couldn't be happier with this change, thanks to our clever and creative mother-in-law. Thank you, Marianne!