Somebody is getting a present! Here’s a clue – their name begins with. . .
“L” could also stand for how lucky I am to have so many friends and family around to help Home Made become a reality. With so many helpers and a long list of things yet to be done, I really have to be on my toes with thanking them for their generosity. I like to make a little something to express my gratitude when possible. This week, I’m mailing off a set of embroidered cloth napkins to one special helper.
Making cloth napkins can be a really easy project that makes a great gift. These napkins–made of re-purposed men’s dress shirts– not only helps cut down on the use of paper napkins but can make dining at home feel a little more special.
For these napkins, I scoured my stash of men’s dress shirts that I’ve gathered from thrift shops and yard sales. Depending on the size of the shirt, you can make a square somewhere between 19 – 21 inches. Just finish the edges by folding each side over twice (about ¼ inch) and run a straight stitch over the folded edge. You can even jazz them up with embroidery! [insert jazz hands]
Now, I am no embroidery expert so I got a few tips from my Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts . . . that I won at September’s Maker Faire NYC (my excitement for this big win continues). This book is a really great resource. Just remind yourself as you peruse that handmade projects are not about creating perfection! After gathering a few tips, I drew the letters with a disappearing ink marker and then stitched over my lines with a running stitch. To add even more pizzazz, I experimented with the surprisingly easy lazy-daisy and fishbone stitches in a coordinating color.
I hope the recipient loves these napkins as much as I do!