Inside the box of fabric scraps that I found over the weekend, was quite a bit of fabric in great condition but it just didn't excite me. Nevertheless, I washed and ironed it, and then put it in my ever-growing stash of fabric.
As I was cleaning out my sewing area yesterday, I got the idea of turning the less-than-pretty fabric into cloth napkins. So I measured the fabric against the napkins I already had, adding an inch more on each side to make neat hems. Then I ironed and stitched the hems. Voila! Cloth Napkins. The main difference between my napkins and the store bought ones is that the Pottery Barn napkins have neater corners:Whereas, my edges are just folded under and sewn. (Maybe one day I'll learn that neat corner thing.)
Obviously, this wasn't brain surgery. I didn't put a whole lot of time or effort into this project. If you look closely, you can tell that I didn't even choose matching thread, I just used the beige thread that was already in my machine. For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure that beige thread is going to be stained a spaghetti sauce red in a few days anyway.
I know this is nothing fancy or all that impressive, but projects like this are my main motivation in learning to sew. I love turning trash into something useful, and in the meantime reducing my impact on the environment a little bit.