Waste not, want not. Ever heard those four words? I heard them a lot growing up, and as an adult I really appreciate them. I've decided to slowly wean my family off of so many disposable paper products. No, I'm not going without toilet paper, but there are a few things we can do without. Paper plates, foam plates, cardboard plates – we are ditching them. That's a few bucks a week added back to our budget and a lot less waste. I may gave to wash a few more dishes, but that's s small sacrifice. Paper towels and napkins – we use a ton. While I wont yank these from under our feet all at once, I would love to see them gone. First, I'll get everyone used to cloth napkins. I sat down and made 16 little 12x12 size napkins. I just cut our squares and did a rolled hem on them with my serger. They fold to fit in my kitchen napkin holder perfectly. I think I will need many more though, but this is a start. If you don't have a serger, just hem the edges and miter the corners and viola! Lacey even gets her own pink (monogrammed, of course) napkins for her lunchbox this year. I'm on a roll!!
The best part of this project was that my mom gave me these fabrics out of her stash - so they were free. Oh, and they match my kitchen perfectly! I'm just having so much fun!