Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy

Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy
dropping petals... one by one.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Napkins Tutorial... A Continuation of A Yellow and Grey Party Theme

Whimsy Wendy Wee Wands with coordinating party napkins.
Themed specific parties are ever more popular and it's been fun to find new and unique items, patterns and fabrics to incorporate into my products.
These reversible 10" x 10" child-size napkins are the perfect addition to a birthday party or shower.
If you are a novice sewer this is a perfect beginners project...
Begin with coordinating fabrics with similar weights. These beautiful cottons are from The Linden Tree, in Linden Hills, Minneapolis, MN.  (Wonderful selection of classes, notions, fabrics...etc)
After washing and ironing your fabrics, cut 2, 10 1/2" x 10 1/2 " squares for every napkin.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, place right sides together, pin and begin sewing around the edge of the fabrics. Leave an opening of approximately 2"-3" to be able to turn the napkin inside out.
To maintain clean corners, remember to leave your needle in the fabric before you lift the sewing foot and turn your material.

This photo shows the 3" opening I left on one side of the napkin. You can see that I've back-stitched at both the start and end of my stitches.

Using the gap in your stitching turn your napkins right-side out.
To get pretty, sharp, corners I use a blunt-ended chop stick to gently poke out the corner. Careful not to rip through your material! Iron your napkins flat and crisp.
To finish I pin my two layers of material together and once again sew around the perimeter of the napkin with a top stitch. (I used 1/8"). This not only closes your opening you used to turn your napkins out but it also creates a pretty finished and durable napkin.


Shown here, the set of six napkins are in two coordinating fabric patterns.



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