sewing for a change


We had some friends over for dinner a few weeks ago and they were admiring my cloth napkins. I made about 35 of them out a pansy fabric some years ago so that we didn’t have to use paper towels at the dinner table any more. They still look good as new, with no staining. I offered to make my friend some napkins of her own – we could go to Fabricland and buy the fabric and I’d sew them up.

A few days ago, we did just that, and she chose a fruity fabric with strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries and raspberries on it. They had a whole load of different prints of various fruits and vegetables which would be fun to use for kitchen accessories or shopping bags and they were only $7 a metre.

I had 2 metres of fabric, so cut 18 twelve inch squares, which once hemmed made approximately 11 inch square napkins. There was  still a bit left over, so I made a cutlery roll for picnics – there are three of them in their family so I put in nine pockets – for 3 forks, 3 knives, 3 spoons. It was fun to be using my sewing machine again. I like how quickly things get finished compared to knitting!




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