Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer Picnic Napkins -- Free Pattern

Alan's birthday was last week and on Sunday we had a family picnic.  Alan is allergic to bees so we can't eat outside so we did the picnic inside and then went out to play games with all the kids.  Nora's Portland cousins are in town for the week.  So Nora wanted to make some special items for the picnic.  We decided to make cloth napkins.  I let Nora pick out the colors and she even seamed most of the napkins herself. 

I'd like to share this easy project.  Instead of using tons of paper napkins, why not make a few easy cloth napkins that can be thrown in the wash and used over and over again. 
Materials to make 8 napkins.
* 4 fat quarters of two matching cottons.  (Nora picked out Kona Orange and All American Girl Leaves)  * thread
* rotary cutters
* measuring tape.

Nora and I made these from start to finish in about 2 hours yesterday.  So you still have time before tonight's barbeque to make a few pretty napkins!

1. Cut each fat quarter into four equal pieces -- 11 by 18 each
2.  Matching two different patterns, sew right sides together on three sides and leave a 3 inch hole in fourth side.  All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.
3.  Trim triangles off the corners and turn inside out. 
4.  Press flat and with a contrasting color thread sew a 1/4 seam around all four sides.

That's it!  Enjoy!

1 comment:

karen said...

Saw this featured on OnePrettyThing today. I like that they have 2 sides, plus it makes it sooo much easier to get a nice finish especially on the corners instead of hemming a single pc of fabric all around.