Archive | September, 2012

Cloth Napkins Make Everything Fancy

9 Sep

This past Christmas I decided I was giving homemade gifts to family members.  I blame this on a few different things, family members are hard to shop for, I like stressing myself out, I needed an excuse to make a standing 2+ week mess in my kitchen, and most of all Pinterest!

At least I was semi-realistic in my ideas.  I decided to give the same gift of formal size cloth napkins, only personalized by the fabric choice.  For my cat loving aunt- a cute cat print.  For my grandma with a turtle pond- turtles.  For my dad who loves going to Hawaii & lives for Jimmy Buffett concerts- surfing Santas.  The list goes on and on.  As my husband said at the time “Nothing says fine formal dining like surfing Santas”.

I tried to make a set using a pattern similar to this for mitered corner napkins.  I realized it would take past Valentine’s Day for me to finish all the family members if I continued with the mitered corner pattern.  I then found a double sided napkin pattern similar to this.

The gifts turned out pretty snazzy.  Family members at least pretended they liked them.  I have heard of a couple of sightings of them actually being used too.

The other thing that came of out this project was quite a bit of scrap fabric.  It wasn’t enough for me to make formal napkins for my family.  Instead I made smaller sized napkins that we use for snacks and such.  Since Christmas we have added Valentine’s day and St. Patrick’s print napkins to the tiny napkin collection.

Wow, typing this up has made me start thinking.  I should start planning NOW and get to crafting if I want to make homemade gifts again.

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