Sunday, 4 February 2018

Making serviettes from vintage pillowcases





My weekend plans included some household sewing for a nice change. I fancied making some fabric table napkins using some oddments of fabric from my stash. Recently I have been using up my paper napkins and I do not plan on buying anymore. Instead my aim is to have an assorted pile of pretty hand sewn napkins that I can use, wash and reuse again.




I began by measuring a standard shop bought napkin which was 45cm by 45cm square. The yellow floral fabric was part of a pair of vintage pillowcases. I carefully cut down each side seam on both pillowcases which left me with 2 long pieces of fabric measuring 156cm by 46cm. This meant I could make 3 napkins from each pillowcase and there would still be fabric to spare.




I used a rotary fabric cutter and a ruler for cutting out my napkins.




I also cut out some more napkins from fabric left over from previous projects. The mustard fabric on the left had been used to line a bag and the yellow centre fabric was left over from the ironing board cover that I recently made. I also still had a large piece of that left over so I decided to hem it and make a new tablecloth at the same time.




Then I was ready for sewing them up. Using my rolled hem foot I stitched a thin hem around each side. It was really relaxing sewing and I finished all the napkins yesterday and today I finished the tablecloth.



And I'm so pleased with how they turned out and I will definitely be making more in the future. A great way of using up oddments of cotton fabric or pillowcases!


Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x

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