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I want to buy cloth napkins for my sil for xmas and buy some for myself. What type of fabric is best? Also, what color do you think would work best? And how many would be ideal to have? My sil has three messy kids. I'd like to get her enough that she doesn't have to do laundry all the time. Also needs to be something that would wash well. For me I was thinking about just using some of our washcloths for now. Any suggestions?
 

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we bought a few- actually 3 -sets recently that are cotton(could be a blend). Thats for a family of 4 , two young kids. we use them more than one meal, might go several days actually! Turning them- the folding- helps to get more use out of them before washing. so, we dont really open them all the way up each meal. We have a black set and two sets of aubernish and yellow/orange that seem to hide the spots well so far.<br>
I've wanted to do this for a while and so glad I did. On sale at target <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
They wash in gentle and I'm always doing laundry so In they go when it's time!
 

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We are pretty heavily into cloth now, and where we actually started was with cloth napkins, because they are something we just had to begin with. My advise actually is to get something that you either like the pattern of or goes with the darker shaded/patterned side of your decor. (as well as yoru sil's, she will probably use them consistenly if they are a color/style that she likes). I defintely vote patterns and cotton or a cotton/linnen blend. Patterns because they hide little stains well, and look better longer, cotton or cotton linnen for absorbency & length of life. Some of the cloth napkins I started with actually came out of my great Aunt's kitchen, and because they were sturdy & well made they still look great. Starting with washcloths if they are cheaper would be nice for the kidlets, but I think the cloth napkins don't have to be changed as often (chunks stick to dry terry somehow and look dirty sooner than calico cotton does). We usually change our cloth napkins over very few days, unless we're eating something like spaghetti sauce which gets messy quick with a toddler. Ive accumilated what amounts to a drawers worth (mostly in patterned shades of blue, and lovely with my collection of Blue Willow ware). I've actually got a set up on the TP right now that I'm selling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> They are a yellow calico pattern and just really don't go with my kitchen, but if you're interested pm me.
 

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Mine are 100% cotton in various bright and dark colors. I wash them with other laundry - either clothing or sheets/towels, and have had no problems with stains. We re-use them if they didn't get dirty enough to need washing - I just leave them at our places at the table. (guests get clean ones) I have two dozen, keep them folded in a basket, and only find myself running out when we've had a houseful of guests.<br><br>
For Griff I also have a stack of WAHM-made washcloths that have printed flannel on one side and baby terrycloth on the other side. We keep a damp one at the table to wipe his mouth and sticky hands before he runs off to play.
 

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I have a similar question. Have you ever used shiny table napkins? If you wash them, do they remain shiny or turn dull?
 

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I just wanted to add that we use 100% cotton "dish" towels with a waffle texture. They are quite small and square, so I'm not certain why they are considered dish towels, but they are plaid with autumn colors-- olive, rust, wine, mustard, etc.<br><br>
Like a PP, we keep them at our places on the table and reuse them. I think the waffle texture does a nice job getting crumbs off fingers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for the input. I will talk to my sil about what colors she might like and then get her some cotton or cotton/linen ones.
 
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