My cloth napkin supply has been dwindling pretty much since the day I made them. The girls like to use them for tea parties or blankets for their small stuffed animals and who knows what else. The possibilities are endless, really. And kind of like socks in the laundry, my napkins somehow disappear, never to be seen again. It's been ages since I've used a complete set at dinner. I hand out one of whatever we have (stripes for you, flowers for you, cupcakes for you, and fish for you!) and don't give it a second thought. Unless we have company. Then I do the aforementioned handing out of mismatched napkins, only sheepishly.
It was time for another functional-but-not-particularly-fun sewing project.
It all started with this pin. I'd like to say I was inspired by it, but who am I kidding? I totally copied it. There weren't a lot of creative juices flowing on this project. Again, functionality over fun this time.
These really were a breeze to make. I picked up the linen from Joanns. I planned to cut 17" x 17'" squares for each napkin... mostly because that's as big as I could go with the yardage I had. But since they aren't hemmed, that size seemed right. I accidentally cut the first one an inch too short - 16" x 17" - just as Jude was asking 'when am I ever going to use this?!' while working through his math problems for the day. I strive to take my teaching up a notch by providing real life examples. ;) Or my napkin was on the 33rd inch on my cutting mat and I miscalculated. So 16" x17" it was!
I ordered four spools of each color thread through fabric.com. I just bought regular thread (not serger thread) knowing I could use it for my sewing as well. I had forgotten that you remove one of the needles when sergering a rolled hem, so I only needed three spools per color. This might be a great time to say how much I love my serger. Compared to other serger brands, it's relatively inexpensive. But inexpensive is not to be confused with cheap. This thing is a workhorse! Dan bought it for me for Mother's Day over 4 years ago, and it's still going strong. I've never had it maintenanced - Dan changed the knives for me once, but that's about it. I just love it. I'm always so thankful to have it.
I made a dozen napkins thinking that might be bordering on excessive. I realized today when I was putting fray check on the serged corners that 12 napkins will get our family of six through two dinners. And that's assuming we don't lose any. Hmmm. I might need more of these in my future, especially given my unpredictability in keeping up with my laundry. And like our fiestaware (which has been amazingly durable!) I think I could add colors based on the season... or a whim. I like that, similar to our dinner ware, they don't have to be matchy-matchy. In fact, not matching is part of what makes them work.