I've posted about this over the years, so it's not anything new or revolutionary.. but it is economical and I'm still doing it. Several years back (like 15+ years) I was looking at several pieces of material that I wanted to use up. I decided making cloth napkins from it would be worth a try (the fabric was 100% cotton). So I pulled out my serger and figured out measurements and whipped up a few dozen.
Over the years they have worn out, gotten lost (who knows where, I suspect with all the lost socks from years past!! Ha, ha!) and a few have found their way into the pockets of my kids and taken home as many have said to me.. oh yeah, I found a couple at my house! LOL.. So every now and again I need to make more.
I have saved so much money with my humble little cloth napkins. Washing them and reusing them saves on garbage as well.
Not too long ago I decided it was time to make more. I had fabric needing to be used and made another 3 dozen.
I fold them and put them in a little basket that sits on my dining room table...
I have instructions on how I make these on my website. Here is the link: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/clothnapkins.htm