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Day 262/365: Parasol Print Cotton Luncheon Napkins

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Ever since I took a fabric napkin sewing class back in November, Sean and I have completely stopped using paper napkins.  Cotton napkins are so much more nicer.  They’re not that complicated to make, either.

You wash, dry, press, and cut your fabric into 17″ by 17″ squares.  Then you press the hems.

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You mark the corners where you would miter them…

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…sew and snip…

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Press the mitered corners and tuck the hems under…

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…sew the borders, and you’re done!

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Day 192/365: Kawaii Dessert Print Napkins

A few months ago, I bought this Japanese printed cotton at my favorite local independent fabric shop in Ventura.  I thought it would be perfect for luncheon napkins.

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Last Saturday, I finally got around to making those napkins.

After washing, drying, and pressing the fabric, I used my rotary blade to cut squares.

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I pressed the edges to make neat hemlines, and then I marked off the corners to miter them.

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Right after I took the above photo, I realized that I made a mistake.  I would have to rip out a few stitches so that I could fold the hems under.

Other than that, I didn’t have any more problems.

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The napkins turned out pretty cute, I think.

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I almost hate to get them dirty… even though that is kind of the point of having napkins, right?

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