We are in the season of cook outs, barbeques, picnics and outdoor parties. And with that comes garbage bags full of trash. Plastic utensils, plastic plates and plastic table cloths. All single use and all end up in a landfill or worse out in the ocean, it’s pretty much a nightmare and all for a few hours of consuming. And you multiply this by all the families using all this plastic, what a mess!
So how about metal utensils? Before plastic people used regular metal utensils, cloth napkins, table cloths and picnic blankets. And frankly who likes to sit on a plastic picnic blanket!? As far as plates and bowls go, when I’m entertaining in our yard I use our regular ceramic/porcelain plates and bowls and when we are picnicking somewhere else I use vintage enamel plates I picked up at Goodwill years ago. I’ve seen STACKS of melamine, ceramic even wood plates and bowls at Goodwill and tags sales for a pittance! And they look beautiful on top of a picnic table. There are bin loads of forks, spoons and knives at Goodwill also for mere pennies!
All that clean up you say? Well, get your spouse/partner/friends/family to help, throw them in your dishwasher it’s not that big a deal. Same goes for the napkins, table cloths and picnic blankets, toss them into the washing machine and hang to dry.
Give it a go and just like cloth napkins metal forks and knives make any outdoor occasion special and encourage us to slow down and enjoy the feast!
I cut my fabric square 17″ for a 16″ square napkin.
Now iron a 1″ hem all around.
Draw a line from crease to crease.
Do this for all four corners and cut on line.
Next up, fold fabric to line up with previously ironed creases as in next photo.
Now fold over edge 1/2″ to meet inside crease and iron, repeat this for all four sides, see next photo.
Now fold over again 1/2″ to form the final hem and mitered corners.
Now sew as close to edge as possible, I sewed 1/8″ away from the edge. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.
Done! These are quick and fun to make and would make such a wonderful gift.
I don’t feel I can finish this post without mentioning what has happened in Oklahoma, another heartbreaking tragedy. If you choose one place to offer help is by going to the Red Cross. My thought are with these people…