Recently my friend, Debbie, and I sorted through a large bag of fabric given to us by another friend. The lady was elderly and sadly, just didn’t see well enough to sew any longer. In my share of the fabrics was quite a bit of this heavy, cotton, linen-like fabric, both in bright, raspberry pink & a nice spring green. It reminded me of the fabric used to make Indian saris. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, so I put the fabric aside until I came across a pattern at The Purl Bee Blog. Their blog has loads of craft patterns of every kind. Their pattern was simple enough, but the ‘sari’ fabric was too loosely woven for this pattern. So, I changed it a little & this is what I came up with….
The fabrics had been cut into a few large pieces, so I was only able to cut four 22” squares for the dinner napkins of each color. The remaining fabric I cut into 12” squares for the smaller, cocktail napkins. Since the fabric has a woven stripe, I had to be sure that I had the same number of stripes on each square. Also, the fabric was much the same on both sides, so didn’t have to worry about the right or wrong side. I began by pressing a 1” fold all the way around.
I used these pressed lines as a guide to stitch a slender & tight zig zag seam all the way around each square. I stopped and pivoted at each corner, and back-stitched securely when the stitching met the beginning again.
Then, I pulled out the threads to the stitched line to create the fringe. This was a bit time consuming, but something to do while watching T.V. The fabric was loosely woven, so it was pretty easy to pull apart.
I trimmed the fringe here & there, and it really fluffed-up after being washed. Here they are in the green fabric:
I had started making mitered corner dinner napkins from the green fabric. But, it was very tricky to keep the miters corners sharp. After making the first set of dinner napkins, I decided to make the rest with the fringed edges.
Both sets are nice, but I think I prefer the fringed version.
Both sets are available in my home shop.
Well, that’s all for now. Have a safe & happy Halloween…!-Carole