Monday, April 16, 2012

Napkins are not glamorous

I'm a little ashamed to admit that I just got around to making napkins to match these placemats that I made for my mother.  I blame it on the fact that napkins are not particularly exciting.  I really have no other excuse.  They certainly weren't difficult or intimidating, and I had all the fabric that I needed.

Because the placemats have a linen blend fabric in the center, I used the same fabric for one side of my napkins. On the reverse, I used a couple of the prints from the placemats.  I think they're great - heavy, yet soft; coordinating, but not too matchy-matchy.

I didn't do anything fancy - I cut 18"x18" pieces of fabric and sewed each piece of print fabric to a piece of linen, right sides together using about a 1/2" seam allowance.  I left about a 4" space for turning, clipped corners and turned.  I finished by topstitching around the edges, about 1/4" away from the edge.

Like I said - not very exciting, but beautiful and functional!  After giving these to my mother, she and I took the kids on a bike ride and I managed to get a funny sunburn on my forehead (I should have been wearing a helmet), forearms and neck.  Welcome, sun!


  1. I was just thinking about putting napkins in the mix this month after looking how beat up our current ones have become. A little practical sewing, so it doesn't disturb all the fun creations that we really don't need, I do think can be slipped in once in a while. Love the napkins.

    1. Thank you - Sometimes I need to remind myself that practical sewing is really the whole point (isn't it?)