|that on top is actually a burp cloth. I'm testing out patterns and burp cloths are actually very much like sewing napkins.|
I've been in a little bit of a sewing rut lately, not wanting to finish up projects but wanting to sew. I have more than my fair share of WIPs (works in progress) but nothing inspiring lately. I don't feel like I'm in a place where I can work through any pattern directions or trouble shoot something that doesn't turn out exactly how I want it to. Thank goodness for my good 'ole standbys... cloth napkins.
|I like matching florals and geometric prints for my napkins.|
I know that cloth napkins are nothing special, and they are so easy to make, it's kind of ridiculous to blog them, but hey. I do what I can. Lately, that's been the rather routinized comfort of cutting 17 1/2" squares and sewing them together. Clipping corners. Turning with the bone turner. Ironing with homemade spray starch. Top stitching shut. Neatly folding and stacking. Seeing progress pile up.
|Love nice corners and even top stitching.|
Some days I can only handle one task a night. Some days, I can handle twenty. Some days- none at all. Lately it's been about one task a night, with a visit to the garden. Napkin making has been good. And these napkins are a good sampling of some of my vintage sheet stash. I love the idea of having a set so large I'd never buy cloth napkins again (even inexpensive ones, or those for special occasions). A big set of mixed vintage prints would look lovely, as well as a table of matching floral/gingham prints. Or, a mix-and-match assortment of only yellow prints, like we did for our wedding.
|I've made four of each color way so far.|
|Didn't realize there were so many ginghams! All vintage or thrifted sheets.|
Anyway, I'm looking to sewing up more intricate projects than napkins soon. I've got a quilted pillowcase with an invisible zipper on the docket-- just as soon as I feel like I can tackle it. A wonderful looking pattern to try out from elegantitus. Some very belated sewn gifts for friends. And I can't forget my quest for the perfect summer blouse (evidenced here, here and here). Summer feels like it's ticking away, but I'm just taking it one day at a time.