This weekend, I was on a mission, and that mission was to use some of the many fabric remnants I had lying around with nothing to do. It was as if they were calling me, and I obliged.
A few months ago I made some drapes and had about a yard of fabric left over, so I thought about making a table runner but a yard is barely enough for that. I like my runners to hang over the table at least 8″ and it just wasn’t gonna cut it. I’m of the mindset you can never have enough napkins, so that’s what I decided to do. I was able to get nine 17″ square napkins from the fabric I had. Not bad. If you don’t have a Serger or a sewing machine with an attachment for rolled hems, or if you just want to have fringed edging, this couldn’t be easier. Well actually it could. You could start out with a fabric that has a loose weave. Don’t do what I did and work with a tightly woven one that takes FOREVER to unravel.
Cut off the selvage before you start, or as I like to say, the messy edge of the fabric. Why don’t they just call it that anyway? Doesn’t selvage confuse you? I know it does me, and I’ve been sewing for years.
Sew a narrow zig zag stitch about 1/2 inch from the edge. Then start pulling your threads.
After a few minutes you’ll have an edge like this. Do it for each side and you’re done.
So, did I mention I bought a Rebel? I’m just learning how to use it. Here’s a nighttime shot. I had the iso all the way up to 1600 for this one, but I still don’t know what I’m doing with shutter speed and aperture but I’m learning…slowly. Except for the first picture in this post which I think came out nice and clear, I don’t notice much of a difference in quality YET between my Nikon cool pix and my new Canon. I can’t wait until I do!
I had some burlap ribbon that I cut about 5″ and glued/hand sewed together for napkin rings and placed a wooden button. I had four of those so it worked out nicely for this tablescape.
So in addition to making the napkins, I removed some fabric from the bar stools by the kitchen island to reveal the old fabric which I think goes better with the AirStone. We had some stone leftover so we did the side of the kitchen cabinet which I will show you soon.
Hope you had a great St. Patty’s Day!
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