I decided months ago that I wanted to sew the napkins needed for the wedding. I began collecting fabric, got a tutorial from my extremely talented Aunt Diane, then, froze with fear. I was so intimidated by the process - mainly the number of steps - that I've been procrastinating on the matter.
Finally, I sat down yesterday and forced myself to commit to making one napkin for better or for worse. And, as it turns out, it's really not that hard. Really.
|Pair the fabric back to back and "inside out". You're going to turn it "outside in" later. You can pin the fabrics together, or not. I started to, but got lazy almost immediately, so I stopped.|
|Still life with pin cushion.|
|Go all around the edges of the napkin, leaving a few inches not sewn so that you can flip the insides out.|
|Flipping, and what not.|
|After you've flipped, trim your scraps. If you're anything like me you'll notice that your 18x18 napkin is now more like 17x16.5. No matter. Rustic. Homemade.|
|Once it's flipped, the edges look a lot like a pillowcase. Hey! Now I know how to make a pillowcase!|
|If you like, switch your straight stitch to a ...|
|Sew a top stitch all around the four sides of the napkin. Be sure to sew together the edges of the space you used to flip the napkin. I missed it, so it looks funky. Who cares? Rustic! Homemade!|
|Give it one final press, and relax in the knowledge that it doesn't have to be perfect. After all, we're talking about something that will soon be used to wipe salsa and guacamole from hands and mouths.|
~ the green/green bride