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« on: November 09, 2014 04:36:11 PM »

Our moms are coming out from Oregon for Thanksgiving with me and The ManFlesh in Montana this year.  His mom gave me her mom's china this summer and my maternal grandmother gave me her wedding china 14 or 15 years ago so we're going to mix them up for Thanksgiving Dinner with our moms.  We're a cloth napkin household and I wanted us to have cloth napkins suitable for the occasion and the place settings.

A couple weeks ago I found this wonderful linen on sale at Jo-Ann and bought a yard with this project in mind.



I can not help being frugal most of the time, so I squeezed six ~14" napkins out of a yard.  I kind of wished I'd thrown caution to the wind and had 20+" napkins, but now I got what I got  



I used this GREAT tutorial for the mitered corners and I am IN LOVE with the result. It was fiddly and time consuming, but I think worth it for the result in this case.  I'll probably be making more, because I just love linen and I love these miters.
http://www.celebrate-creativity.com/my_weblog/2014/02/mitering-fabric.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2014 04:38:41 PM »

Perfectolicious!!
So happy you have family coming.
(Is there a link to the tutorial?)
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2014 05:01:27 PM »

Perfectolicious!!
So happy you have family coming.
(Is there a link to the tutorial?)

Thanks. Me too, Libby!

D'oh! I forgot the link! I'll go fetch it, then correct the post!
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014 06:55:03 PM »

Those look great!

I, too have been collecting textiles. Though I am not making my own. I love cloth napkins, as well. At least for company. And also fabric table runners, and placemats.

It looks like you will be setting a grand table. I love the idea of the mixie up for the dishes, too. That tends to give a lively flair for things. And glad that you can share vintage dishes from family. You always amaze me with your creative talents  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014 04:13:34 AM »

LOVE that shade of deep purple!  We're a cloth napkin household too now.  I started using a set of chocolate brown ones I picked up at Target on clearance for .98 cents per package of 4.  They work well for everyday and don't show dirt and stains much, which is nice.  But they are also a polyester, and they wrinkle like it's their job, even if I take them right out of the dryer and fold them.  Sad

I've been meaning to make myself a linen set like yours.  Even went so far as to make a set for Abbeeroad in a swap, but haven't done one for me yet.  Amazingly enough, Abbee made ME a set stamped with strawberries, that I haven't used yet because they are so pretty.  Maybe I should take your example to heart and make a set as a Christmas present to myself?
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014 06:07:03 AM »

Those look great!

I, too have been collecting textiles. Though I am not making my own. I love cloth napkins, as well. At least for company. And also fabric table runners, and placemats.

It looks like you will be setting a grand table. I love the idea of the mixie up for the dishes, too. That tends to give a lively flair for things. And glad that you can share vintage dishes from family. You always amaze me with your creative talents  Grin

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I am a sucker for just about any kind of linens, table, bed, or bath and linen linens can make me swoon!  I don't trust myself to use table clothes or cloth place mats, because I'm just a stain-maker in my bones, but I sure love to ogle them and once in a while will bust out a hand embroidered table cloth with pine cones I picked up for a song at an antique mall year ago.  This is why I've fallen in love with chargers, even though I have yet to commit to a nice set.

I was so pleased when I found that The ManFlesh's grandmother's set coordinated so nicely with my grandmother's set!  I'm saving the task of pulling them all out to decide on the exact place settings for a treat for accomplishing other tasks in preparation for their visit.  Yup, seriously geeking out on this

LOVE that shade of deep purple!  We're a cloth napkin household too now.  I started using a set of chocolate brown ones I picked up at Target on clearance for .98 cents per package of 4.  They work well for everyday and don't show dirt and stains much, which is nice.  But they are also a polyester, and they wrinkle like it's their job, even if I take them right out of the dryer and fold them.  Sad

I've been meaning to make myself a linen set like yours.  Even went so far as to make a set for Abbeeroad in a swap, but haven't done one for me yet.  Amazingly enough, Abbee made ME a set stamped with strawberries, that I haven't used yet because they are so pretty.  Maybe I should take your example to heart and make a set as a Christmas present to myself?

I went cloth napkins from just about the time I had my first apartment and never looked back.  There's always been just one or two in my house, so they don't add that much to laundry and I don't worry about ironing them unless there will be company.  I have one other linen set, made from a souvenir map of Australia that had a hole in it that I bought at a thrift store. Those things wrinkle like nobody's business, too.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2014 06:10:08 AM »

That is a gorgeous shade of purple, and great job with the mitering - thanks for sharing the link!
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014 06:31:54 AM »

Lovely, napkins. I have been de cluttering my house and I found a ton of napkins I vaguely remember making in the 90's. I guess Iam a linens hoarder too.I also won't mention my holiday placemat making problem lol. Once I learned how to make a mitered placemat it got ridiculous.
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2014 07:52:55 AM »

That is a gorgeous shade of purple, and great job with the mitering - thanks for sharing the link!

Thanks, I love it, too. It's deep without being truely dark.  There's a brightness to it somehow.

Lovely, napkins. I have been de cluttering my house and I found a ton of napkins I vaguely remember making in the 90's. I guess Iam a linens hoarder too.I also won't mention my holiday placemat making problem lol. Once I learned how to make a mitered placemat it got ridiculous.

Haha!  Luckily, the mitering process is fiddly and time consuming enough that I'm not compelled to just find projects to use it on, but when the right project is in the hopper, I'm going to use the heck outta dat miter!
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2014 12:39:51 PM »

Look at you! Going all mitered cloth napkin on Thanksgiving! The color is great and you did an amazing job.
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