I want to dedicate some time to frugality so I’m starting Frugal Fridays. I was always in awe of and I confess, slightly amused by my Granny who would wash those styrofoam trays that meat came on. She’d rinse and save absolutely everything. If a shirt had a hole, salvageable parts of it were saved as well as the buttons from it to use somewhere else. She saved tiny lengths of twine, the plastic bag the newspaper came in, and any container you or I wouldn’t think twice about throwing away because we considered it disposable. My Granny lived through the depression and she never forgot it.
I am learning to be frugal. It isn’t easy in a disposable society. I’m focusing on frugality as it applies to my home-making. I’m not so much motivated by the current economic climate as I am in being a better steward of the material gifts and resources we have. If you have an everyday chore and you can find a way to simplify the steps and materials so that you can repeat and reuse, that is being frugal.
So, let’s share ways we can practice being frugal in little and big ways – they all add up. Each Friday, post a simple way your family has found to be frugal. How are you using it up? Wearing it out? Making do? Doing without?
My Frugal Friday post is a no-brainer for most of you probably, but I *just* figured it out this past year. We use wapkins instead of dinner napkins at the table. Yes, that’s right, wapkins. It is a combination of the napkin and the washcloth – a wapkin.
We have approximately 20 in a drawer next to the table. We use them like cloth napkins, but they are made of a nice, soft terry so they are far more practical for a family that enjoys their food (read…..a family that is very messy). Each person gets a wapkin for breakfast and that same wapkin stays next to their place until after dinner that night. They are then washed with the kitchen linens. When a small face is especially dirty, simply wet the wapkin in warm water. Wapkins also make nice clean-up rags in a pinch.
My wapkins are a soft terry cloth and I find that to be a very practical material, but a soft flannel would work as well. Wouldn’t that make a lovely sewing project for a young lady?
Instructions: Choose a fabric like linen for a dressier wapkin or flannel or small loop terry for a practical, everyday wapkin. Shop in your existing fabric stash if at all possible – if that’s not possible check selvage sales and bargain tables for different, but coordinating or matching fabrics. 🙂 Cut squares of fabric approximately 12 – 14 inches. If you are sewing 20 wapkins, you will need 40 squares. Sew the two matching squares together (wrong side out) with a straight stitch around the outside perimeter of the inside-out square leaving a small opening. Flip the square napkin right side out through the opening. Press the napkin flat turning under the raw edges of the opening. Sew in a straight or zig-zag stitch around the outside perimeter of the square (this holds the napkin in a nice square shape after repeated washings).
You no longer need to buy a big package of napkins every week – you have the wapkin!
Share your frugal ideas – leave me a comment with a link to your blog if you post a frugal hint that helps you in your homemaking.