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Monday, September 19, 2016

Make Your Own Patchwork Napkins With Pizazz

Last week on my fall tour I shared a tablecloth and set of napkins that I had recently made.

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There was also a post featuring a DIY tiered tray. On the bottom shelf were some patchwork napkins.

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But before we start the tutorial let’s go back in time a bit.

Over the summer I entered Thistlewood Farms Sweet Tea Fabric Challenge. I was absolutely overjoyed when I learned my sailboat applique pillows were selected. 

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KariAnne graciously sent me some wonderful cloth from her Hoffman Fabric Sweet Tea fabric line.

In thinking about what to do with the fabric I remembered my friend Kitty from Kitty’s Kozy Kitchen had also joined the challenge and created some wonderful napkins which inspired me to make my own.

Each napkin requires 9 squares of fabric. Charm packs of fabric come in 5” squares so I opted for that size. You can absolutely make them larger if you want a larger napkins.

Sew them together first in blocks of three and then join the strips of fabric together.

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Trim up any uneven edges and then cut each block in half and then in half again.

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Once they are cut you can flip the fabric squares around to make any pattern that is pleasing to you. Then sew the squares together to create one large square.

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For the back of the blue napkins I chose a simpler design.

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A larger block of fabric was joined to three smaller blocks of fabric.

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Once I had my two finished pieces I sewed the squares 95% together by joining the right sides of the fabric.

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Trim the corners and then flip the napkin inside out through the small space you leave open.

TIP: using pinking shears to cut fabric results in less fray for items that are going to washed frequently.

Press open your seams throughout the process for a professionally finished appearance.

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Once the napkin is turned inside out just sew the small opening closed.

Party in the front.

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Business in the back.

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The napkins that featured soft autumnal colors received a bit more flair.

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I sandwiched a bit of rick rack trim when joining the front and back fabrics together.

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These napkins were backed with a lovely linen when a simpler look is desired.

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It’s like getting two napkins in one!

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Have a wonderful day!



craftyles said...

So sweet, Laura. Love this idea and I just bought my first charm pack-can you believe it? Have a great week and hope for some cooler temps!

Eilis said...

Very pretty! Have a wonderful week.

Hena Tayeb said...

those sailboat pillows are so cute

deborah said...

What fun napkins!

They are so pretty. Love them!

Lisa said...

They're both lovely Laura but I've always had a soft spot for ric-rac.;-)

Vel Criste said...

All of them are so pretty and unique, makes me wish I knew how to sew!

Carole West said...

So pretty - I prefer clothe napkins for everyday of the week. These are really nice.

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Jane said...

So clever! I love the way you can vary the design by switching the squares around. The backing's nice too. Thanks for the photos and instructions!

Stacey said...

The napkins are so pretty, Laura. You are so talented.

Christine said...

When I was scrolling down, looking at these beautiful napkins, all I could think about was, CHRISTMAS presents!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

These are adorable!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!!


Lynn Bean said...

These are so very sweet! I have been wanting to make some new cloth napkins and this would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Botanic Bleu said...

Lovely! You have such creative ideas and excellent seamstress skills. Thank you for sharing your tutorial at Monday Social.


Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

You are quite the seamstress! Your handwork is always exquisite!

Auntie Em said...

Your pretty patchwork napkins are so sweet and will only become softer and more perfect with time as they are used. Very clever idea!
Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying the autumn season. :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your napkins turned out so pretty, Laura! I see that you made a disappearing nine-patch, also. I made that same design for the Sweet Tea Challenge for my project. It's a fun pattern that looks complicated, but isn't. You made great use of those charm squares!