Now that all the gifts have been given, let me you about some of the things I made! This gift was for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. It’s a set of 12 napkins in shades of gray & yellow. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the colors in their kitchen, and I’m pretty sure they’ve painted the dining room since I was last there, but these colors seemed neutral-ish enough.
I found this great basket at AC Moore, which seemed to be just the right size for a pile of napkins. Plus, I really loved the deep, dark color of it. It seemed slightly more classy than the natural wicker basket I’m using in my kitchen.
I had these in the works since mid-November, when my SIL mentioned she liked the set I’d made for my MIL last year. I chose and ordered the fabric right away, washed it, cut it, and then left it sitting there until 2 days before Christmas, LOL! See? Even when I’m on the ball, I’m cutting it close!
I also made a table mat, impulsively at the last minute (read: Christmas Eve), when I realized the scraps were large enough to piece something together, and there was a nice chunk of fabric left from my skirt that could be used for a backing piece.
The nitty gritty
Pattern: The first few napkins I ever made were done using the instructions from Simple Sewing, but I ‘ve made about 100 napkins since then and haven’t consulted the book in a loooong time.
Modifications: I start with fabric that’s 18″ x 13″, which is not a standard size – it just happens to correspond to the size of the fabric that I had on hand when I made my first napkin. And now I make them all to match.