Cute napkins

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Expanding into tabletop... Napkins making their debut today!

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I searched and searched for napkins I liked. I wanted them to compliment our china and silverware. I just couldn't find them. After a couple years, I realized I actually had all the fabric I needed! A few years before we became innkeepers, I had bought some beautiful brocade tablecloths that I I had cut and sewn together to make long scarfs for window dressings. They were perfect! I hired someone to cut and surge them into napkins. They've worn beautifully and not frayed at all.

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I would only use surged. They will hold up and wash well, plus it just looks tidier.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

I would only use surged. They will hold up and wash well, plus it just looks tidier.

That's what I thought. All the hemmed ones (which essentially is all I have right now) fray at the edge where they are turned. The serged ones I have are fine. But they don't match, so I don't use them.

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I keep saying I'm going to make napkins but I get as far as tablecloths and that's it.

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We make most of our own: they last forever when sewn well and you can get great fabrics at quilt shops.  Casual contemporary, I don't try to match, so lots of different patterns are OK.

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Tom wrote:

We make most of our own: they last forever when sewn well and you can get great fabrics at quilt shops.  Casual contemporary, I don't try to match, so lots of different patterns are OK.

How do you hem them?

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Start big.  Trim selvedge edge off 54 inch fabric and divide in half lengthwise, then cut as squares.  You get a 21 plus inch finished napkin.

Turn the edges 1/4 inch once and iron flat.  Miter cut the corner, dab a bit of white glue mixed in water (1:3) on edges and turn and iron.  The white glue sticks instantly but washes out.  No pins.

Sew all the way around along the edge and use the tips of a sewing scissor to hold down the mitered corner and sew and back in a figure four pattern to turn or bar tack if you are into overkill.  

I had a serger once, worked OK on straight away, but the corners are the hard part.  Love the white glue: cover the ironing board with a 2 ft strip of aluminum foil to prevent the napkin sticking where it is unwanted.

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Madeleine wrote:

Tom wrote:

We make most of our own: they last forever when sewn well and you can get great fabrics at quilt shops.  Casual contemporary, I don't try to match, so lots of different patterns are OK.

How do you hem them?

I don't know how Tom does it, but I had to find someone with a surger <sp?>

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Tom wrote:

We make most of our own: they last forever when sewn well and you can get great fabrics at quilt shops.  Casual contemporary, I don't try to match, so lots of different patterns are OK.

How do you hem them?

I don't know how Tom does it, but I had to find someone with a surger <sp?>

That's what I was wondering...just turned under and hemmed or serged.

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Serging is the best way to go for napkins. The only thing I have used my serger for in many years is to custom make tablecloths to fit my 52 x70 OVAL table.  No one makes them any more...just the 52x70 oblong and those don't fit right so I serge them off to fit.

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Cute.  I'm liking her red apron with the beaters on it.  Might be a bit foo-foo for me though wink

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