Cloth Napkins DIY

 

My brother made a request for cloth napkins for his birthday this year. It took me a while to find a fabric I was happy with, I found this one at a new quilt shop in Snohomish, WA. This cloth napkin DIY is super easy, beginner sewing project that make a wonderful gift for birthday, house warming, mothers day, holidays, anniversary, wedding or shower. Plus, cloth napkins are eco-friendly. Instead of buying disposable paper ones, you can use these over and over again.

Cloth Napkin DIY

Supplies needed:

I purchased two yards of fabric, washed it and cut it down to 18″x18″ squares. Two yards make 8 cloth napkins.

hemming ruler

rotary cutter and ruler

sewing machine

iron and ironing board

matching thread

pins

How to:

I used the little hemming ruler to measure and iron 1/4″, then fold that 1/4″ over and ironed again. I pinned the hem in place.

Stitch 1/8″ all the way around, I did a pivot turn at the corners.

Pivot turn. Make sure you tie off the threads at the end by pulling through to the underside. You  could also do a couple of reverse stitches at the beginning and end to ensure that they last a long time.

Finished napkins are about 17″ square. Perfect lunch sized napkins. Typically dinner sized napkins are 22″-24″ while buffet napkins are 27″, cocktail are 6″ while Hors D’oeuvres are 13″. So, if you want to create a whole collection of napkins you could plan on making the different sizes for different occasions.

I suppose if you wanted a more bohemian/ eclectic look, you could collect a bunch of coordinating fat-quarters and make napkins with those. But I like how these ones turned out, slightly modern with a little asian inspiration. If you really wanted to you could dye your own fabric and make napkins too. You could even make your own napkin rings to go with!

Sew Easy 20 Minute Pot Holder

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Happy Birthday to my husband! We like our craft beer in this house, so much that we brew our own from time to time. We may have our own two tap keg-orator in our living room and a Washington State beer Cap map as well as a few other novelty beer decorations. So, I thought it would be fitting if I made J some of his own brewing pot holders. I found this fabric (similar) about a year ago at Jo-Ann’s and knew I needed to make something for him with it.

Sew Easy 20 Minute Pot Holders

Supplies needed:

2-3 Fat quarters (or more) fabric

Insul-brite  or other thermal/heat resistant lining (I had bout about 1/2 yard for some Koozies)

pins/scissors/thread

Extra wide double fold bias tape (1 package made two for me)

Walking foot for your sewing machine (the project is pretty thick, and it would be challenging without one)

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Cut your fabric:

I had a specific width I could work with because of the pattern of the front piece but you can adjust the size if you want something less rectangular. Cut one small front, one inner pocket lining (solid black in this case) 6″ x 6″, cut two for the back pieces (6″ x 10″).

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2- 6″ x 10″

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Cut one 6″ x 6″ and one 6″ x 10″ of insul-bright. and layer with right sides facing out!

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Sew:

Next, stitch the front pocket bias tape. Follow this tutorial for how to sew on bias tape.

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Stack your front pocked onto the back piece.

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Follow that same tutorial to apply the bias tape to the whole project.

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Check that out! Sew easy right?? I suppose if you wanted to get really fancy with the bias tape you could make a loop to hang, but I chose the simple route.

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Let me know if you try making these! They make great gifts (because you know the holidays are coming up). I may make a few more in just some fun fabrics for my kitchen. We’ll see.

IKEA Hack SIGNE Rug

ikeaFour months ago when I was at IKEA buying my studio KALLAX system I picked up a couple of their SIGNE rugs thinking that I would turn them into a floor pouf for the patio. I found a few patterns that I could have made work, but ultimately I didn’t want to cut the rugs. My sewing machine wouldn’t have been able to handle the material and I knew my fingers would find it challenging to hand stitch a floor pouf that would last.There are quite a few fun hacks for the SIGNE rug, from pillows, a basket and a purse, check out this site for some fun ideas. If you want more inspiration check out IKEA Hackers for all kinds of projects with IKEA products.

YesterdayI was digital window shopping for rugs (again) for the family room, master bedroom and guest bedroom. I pulled out the SIGNE rugs and thought, why don’t I sew them together and see what happens! Turns out it is possible to combine 3 of them into one super rug. Although, my fingers are a bit sore.

IKEA Hack SIGNE Rug

Materials needed:

SIGNE rug or other smaller rugs

large needle

cotton string or heavy thread

scissors

seam ripper

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You’ll want to use a seam ripper to remove the tag. dsc_0004

Next use that giant needle and cotton string to stitch up the rugs. dsc_0005

Well would you look at that. One big SIGNE rug! I’m almost tempted to go to IKEA and pick up 3 or 6 more and make the rug even bigger (I’ll keep you posted if I decide to tackle this). Right now I’m leaning towards placing it in the living room because the navy (yes it is in fact NAVY) stripes go with the nautical theme happening in there. I have this rug from World Market in the living room right now, but I may move it to the master bedroom.

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What do you thing? Worth a try yourself?

Quilt Block of the Month Bonus

Quilt Block of the Month is where I feature and make at least one quilt block that I think represents the month. The blocks that I feature every month you can do any number of things with. You could combine them all into a quilt, or use them individually for projects like pillows or table runners. The goal is to use scraps of fabric I already have. I’ll try to stick to patchwork quilts with little to no paper piecing and applique blocks. Click the hyperlinks to see FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember and January.

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Happy Leap Day!! Here is a bonus round of quilt blocks to finish out the year. Sadly, I haven’t made any of these blocks. But hopefully once we move and I get that dream studio (wink wink) I’ll make them wall hanging size to display. Wouldn’t that be fun? This way I might actually get around to using some of those scraps I was supposed to use during this whole project.

Quilt Block of the Month Bonus

First up spool of thread by Bee in my Bonnet:

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Next up, sewing machine by Snapshots Quilt Along:

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Lastly, Moda Bake Shop:

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Now I can reflect back on the whole year long experience (that went by quickly didn’t it?!). It was a lot of fun, I learned a few new techniques and fine tuned others. I’ve started playing with my own pattern designs more and understanding pattern building and the math (yay fractions!). I tried so hard to use fabric I already had, but, oh darn, I just had to buy more. I’m really going to need a bigger space when we move (hehe).

Quilt Block of the Month October

Quilt Block of the Month is where I feature and make at least one quilt block that I think represents the month. The blocks that I feature every month you can do any number of things with. You could combine them all into a quilt, or use them individually for projects like pillows or table runners. The goal is to use scraps of fabric I already have. I’ll try to stick to patchwork quilts with little to no paper piecing and applique blocks. Click the hyperlinks to see FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugust and September.

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Quilt Block of the Month October

Ever had one of those days that turns into a week that turns into a month of chaos? Well that was September. And it certainly got away from me. Especially these last few days. Our upstairs neighbors were kind enough to flood our dining room and laundry room so now the house is torn apart. We’ve been promised to be inspected and treated for mold plus new windows. But so far nothing has happened except some carpet pulled up and a giant fan. IMG_0083

We also got to go up to Bethesda last weekend for a wedding! We had a blast celebrating our friends. There are two weddings in October too, sadly we can not attend those because traveling to Milwaukie and Alabama are not possible with both of us working full time plus the dog. I will however (hopefully, pending government shut down or Hurricane Joaquin) will be traveling up to DC next week to meet up with my parents who flew out to Maine to travel down the easter seaboard.

Pumpkin patch

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Sadly this is as far as I got with the pumpkin block. I’ll post another picture once its done. I decided to do the stem differently.

Traditional Maple Leaf

 I didn’t even get around to making this block yet but I’ll post a picture when I get a chance to make it. leaf