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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Repurposing An Old Favorite

I could easily become a hoarder. 

We save & hold onto just about everything we think could be repurposed, and most of the time those “items” come in handy for one project or another.

Well, the past few weeks I’ve been on a “de-crap-ify binge.

. This table cloth was my all time favorite.  It was the first new purchase I’d made in years of something not a need but a want… something frivolous.

I love color, bold color and this tablecloth just shouted out to me at the time. 

I’d had it for about 10 years and it held up through many a family meal.  Somehow it got the hole, If I remember correctly I had a candle overflow and trying to clean it the hole appeared.

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  So its sat in the cabinet for about 5 more years unused.   I just  wasn’t ready to give it up….The rest of the fabric was great, tightly woven  but, that hole was smack dab in the open, in an odd spot which couldn’t be covered by a runner or placemat. This table cloth happened to be the next “it”.    Find a purpose for “it” or clean it out.    NNNNNNNOOOOOO!!!! 

Well, I ‘d just had a discussion with Mr. Fix-It that paper napkins were the last paper product we used. (Other than toilet tissue and I’m not ready for family cloth) & I had plenty of cotton fabric down stairs to sew up some napkins in the very near future. If not soon-ish it would be a fall project after the garden was done

Looking at that table cloth and trying to justify keeping it I had a “Light bulb moment” & grabbed the scissors, started cutting right then and there.

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I ended up with 15 17inch napkins which I’m slowly getting hemmed a few a day as I have some down time.

It’s a win-win in my mind, paperless and repurposing what we have.

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We used a few of them that evening at supper and Mr. Fix-It just grinned at the pop of color near his plate

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Quick, easy & I get to keep an old favorite


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  1. Very nice...We have been paperless for a couple years now and I just love it.

  2. I love color of the fabric in this table cloth. If you can make something out of an item that has a hole or a snag, I say good for you. Great idea making cloth napkins.

  3. Good for you! We went paperless years ago and will never go back....and I have used old tablecloths as well that were past their prime!


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