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Kathhhhhy
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« on: January 21, 2009 11:33:36 AM »

I have a nice stash of colorful fabric bits, many too small for larger projects.

I decided in the name of creativity and frugality I'd make cotton napkins for everyday use. I'm hoping to completely replace paper, store bought napkins with fabric ones.

Napkin making is so simple, it's such instant gratification and saves me some $$! Yah!




UPDATE! How I made these napkins:


Folks have asked how I made these... so here it goes! 

I used some leftover fat quarters from an old project.  They're 100% cotton.  Nothing was measured, just all freehand... they are imperfect matches but no one will ever know unless you tell them or pile them up together unfolded.     

1) Pre-wash the fabric! 

2) I trimmed each piece to be (near!) perfect rectangles since they weren't perfectly squared off.  I also nipped off any stray strings   

3) Iron out the wrinkles. 

4) To prepare edges for sewing: Fold in each edge, one at a time, about 1/4" and iron.  Fold each edge over again another 1/4" and iron.  Do all four sides, then take to your sewing machine.

5)  Choose a fun color thread and a fancy stitch.  Sew around the edge of the napkin.   Look at the photos above to see about how close to the edge the stitch should be.

6) Iron the edges again.

7) Fold them and slap sileverware on them and impress your friends with the easiest sewing job of your life (but don't tell them it was just that easy, they have no idea).   



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PrairieGirlBoutique
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009 11:55:14 AM »

I LOVE your napkins...I've never tried making any but would love too someday!

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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009 12:09:52 PM »

OH, these are great!  I love that you can put the silverware inside the napkin.  I just asked for dinner napkins in my latest swap.  Maybe my partner will make something like this.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009 12:33:19 PM »

Your work is so cool
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009 01:58:16 PM »

they also really brighten up the table
the fabric is lovely
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TinaInWonderland
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009 07:12:55 PM »

Such a cool idea, and I love those colors and prints.   Smiley 

How big did you make them?
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oliviarose
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2009 11:12:44 PM »

To begin, I've just recently found craftster and I love it. Mostly I browse the home section looking for inspiration and often just looking to be awed.
I just clicked on your page and was so excited! Not only have I recently made clothe napkins (about 4 months ago) but I used the exact same fabric as you. I had pieces of fabric and felt like it would just be a fun afternoon project.
This may seem like a lame-o comment but I felt I just had to tell you. Plus yours are much neater and prettier than mine.
Thanks for the post, it has made me so excited!

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2009 07:36:26 AM »

To begin, I've just recently found craftster and I love it. Mostly I browse the home section looking for inspiration and often just looking to be awed.
I just clicked on your page and was so excited! Not only have I recently made clothe napkins (about 4 months ago) but I used the exact same fabric as you. I had pieces of fabric and felt like it would just be a fun afternoon project.
This may seem like a lame-o comment but I felt I just had to tell you. Plus yours are much neater and prettier than mine.
Thanks for the post, it has made me so excited!




This is the most UN-LAME comment!  I feel the same way.  I come on here for inspiration, too.  This web site is part responsible for me making these napkins!  I love seeing everyone's creativity and their photos!  You should post your napkins, too!!!!
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nicegoing
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2009 05:31:59 PM »

Sweet napkins!!! Great fabric choices as well. I'll have to make some of these very soon. Cheesy
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