With 5 children and a husband hanging around all day, I've been washing my fair share of glasses and cloth napkins. We tried to cut back on the dishes by writing the kids names on plastic cups. That wasn't a good fit for my personality :). When one child was thirsty, I had to dig through countless cups until I found one with his name on it. Usually I wasn't patient enough to find the cup and assured the child that whoever's name was on the cup would be glad to share it. The consequence was that I never could remember who drank out of which cup and I was washing some 21+ cups a day. We're going through that many napkins too which has been adding up to a lot of laundry.
I had a brain spark this week after seeing those adorable coffee cup cozies. I've been wishing for a reason to sew one, but we don't drink coffee. Then I thought if each child chose their favorite fabric from my stash, I could make them their own cup sleeve and matching napkin. We would all know whose is who's--and they can use the same cup and napkin all day. I used the tutorial from House on Hill Road for the cozy and it was perfect. Here's a quick peek at the first 3 cozies.