Woot! You guys already know my love for Dot & Army
— everything about them is simply wonderful. Well, I’ve got the fun, funny, and sweet, Jennifer here today to share a bit about her company and creating custom napkin sets for parties, showers, and weddings 🙂 I hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end! If you missed the last one, well then, here’s your chance to pick up your very own custom set!
Hey there! I really should be saying, “Hey Y’all!” since I now live in the south. I am the owner of the Etsy shop
, Dot and Army, where I (and sometimes my mother-in-law, my two aunts, and even my dad) sew cloth napkins from vintage and new fabrics. I grew up sewing, my grandmother (Dot) is a quilter, and she taught my mom, who would make a lot of our clothes (all four of us kids, including my brother). Don’t worry, he is in therapy now. When I turned eight, my mom found a used sewing machine for me, and I would would make little pillows and purses, and accessories for my Barbies. As I was in high school, I used my sewing skills to alter my clothes and make quilted backpacks that look like ladybugs and butterflies. While working towards my degree in Studio Art, I made a beanbag out of womens’ bras sewn together. I still have it, and hope to bring it out one day to embarrass my sons. After college, and earning my credential and master’s degree, I taught kindergarten and made little girls’ dresses from vintage muumuus and vintage tablecloths. These little sundresses were sold in boutiques in Santa Barbara and LA, and once Yoga Journal featured them, they sold out. But once I had children, two boys, and realized all of these cute little girl dresses would not be worn by my own children, I switched gears. Seeing the waste of paper napkins and paper towels, being somewhat of a cheapskate and not wanting to buy paper towels, and LOVING fabrics, especially vintage fabrics, I started to make my own cloth napkins. I made a set for my youngest son’s first birthday in blues, greens, and reds, and they were a hit. And the great thing was I now had a nice set of cloth napkins for my everyday use. Once I started listing my napkins on Etsy
, I realized there is a need for custom sets like that. The customer uses them to enhance their tables, and to be eco-friendly, plus after the event they have a set for their family to use for everyday meals and to save for special dinners. Sometimes, when I create sets for weddings, the bride makes bundles of the napkins after the wedding to give as thank you’s to her family members. Understanding that cloth napkins can be a big initial investment, and not in everyones budget, we also offer rentals of our napkins. To show you the process of creating a custom set of cloth napkins, I created a few examples of inspirations and fabric choices: