I have collected a B-U-N-C-H of vintage sheets. I love them and they make my heart sing!
I love to make pillows, pillowcases, quilts, table runners, jammies, and napkins with them.
I thought about selling napkins on Etsy, but they take me a bit to make and take a lot of fabric and are hard to photograph! When I first started collecting my sheets, they were hard to come by and I thought the napkins took a lot of sheeting. Now I have a lot of sheets and I am using the napkins for us!
Napkins are easy to make. I use my 15” square ruler as a template and cut out 4 to 6 squares of two fabrics. I like to pair a light/small print fabric and a larger printed one. I sew right sides together and leave an opening to turn them right side out. (My first napkins were made using my 20.5” square, but they were larger than I really needed.)
I do rip my sheets to find straight of grain and do my cutting off of those edges. I hate all of those strings, but the sheets are often way off grain and I feel it is worth my time, and the amount of fabric waste, to end up with a quality finished product.
After turning the napkins right side out I press them carefully and stitch the turning hole invisibly shut.
The finishing touches are the 1/8” and 1/4” top stitching around all of the sides. It gives them a nice tailored look.
The nice thing about my napkins are how soft they are on your face and how easy they are to launder! If I have people over, I iron them, but just for us I just shake them out of the dryer and fold.
I love them!