Unfortunately I did not like the look of any of my napkins for my summer dinner tablescape. Napkins are very easy to make and you have several options. Obviously if you have a serger sewing machine you can make short order of turning out napkins. A couple of options for a regular machine would be the one I chose which is to just cut out the napkins (using 1.5 yards of 45" fabric I was able to get 6, 20" napkins) and then turn the edge under and then again to make a nice clean seam, go all around the fabric, clip your threads and you are finished. You could take the time to clip your corners to have a more finished look, you could cut out two squares for each napkin and then with right sides together sew all but one little area leaving room to turn out, press, sew the opening and then top stitch all around. A simple thing to do with many options. I used 100% cotton fabric and purposely did not wash them before I did my sewing because there is enough sizing in the fabric that I was able to make my seam turns by just rubbing my finger along the edge and then sewing that way I did not have to pin anything. I washed and ironed them before use.
I next thought about candles for the table and was not happy with how any of my candle sticks/holders looked on the summer table so I turned back to the duct and narrow tape again. I know I am gushing, but this stuff is so great....my fall looking, ceramic candle holder was the right scale and shape but NOT color. All I did was cover with the duct tape (it will come off very easy and not harm the ceramic candle holder) and then so that the top had a finished appearance I cut small strips of the narrow tape and pressed along the top and then took some sharp scissors and made small cuts and then pressed down the tape and it went neatly into place.
Now all that is left to do is to plan the dinner menu and set the table.....and oh yes, go shopping for the food, clean the house, make sure the patio, etc. looks spiffy, plan my outfit, other than that I think I am close to ready for this little dinner party.
Monday's post will be the tablescape, menu and the recipes.
Cotton fabric, Hobby Lobby, on sale total cost for (6) napkins $6.28
Rooster Napkin Rings, Antique Farm House
Duct tape, Big Lots
Narrow tape, Dollar Tree
Candlesticks, Coldwater Creek
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