Following on from my last post about the mini Liberty quilt from fantastic blog the Purl Bee, here are four napkins I made today after following their beautiful tutorial here. My own photos are no match in terms of style or clarity for the luminous ones on the original tutorial, but I am most pleased with my fabric choice.
I bought the sherbet orange from my local fabric shop because I thought it was so fresh and spring-like. It was only when I was rooting through my stash that I discovered what a lovely match this Liberty Lawn was with the orange. It’s one of those colour schemes that lends itself to all sorts of combinations; it’d look great with a dusky rose or brown too.
The napkins themselves weren’t as breezily simple as the tutorial had me believe! (The instructions, like the photos, are far superior on the Purl Bee site, but as I took photos as I went along I thought I’d narrate as well!)
The napkins are 16 1/2″ by 16 1/2″, so you need two ‘fat quarters’ and 2 yards of ric rac per napkin. That meant I had no leftover orange from my metre purchase. (But there’s always more at Meg’s Attic…) Lay them out right sides facing each other.
You lay out the ric rac along the very edge of one of the the squares and then lay the top square back down, and pin the three layers -top square, ric rac, and bottom square- together.
Leave a three inch gap at the start and end of your ric rac- this allows for a hole to turn the napkin right side out.
Machine stitch the edges so that the stitching goes right down the middle of the ric rac. This is easier if you buy a nice big ric rac (grrr!) Turn the napkin right side out and iron. Iron a seam into the open edges and hand stitch closed, using a slip stitch.
I blame my lack of rotary cutter and the wrong size of ric rac trim (tiny!) but I must also put much of my swearing down to simple novice. But practice makes perfect and my fourth napkin is a lot better than my first.
These are a gift so I won’t be hanging on to them for long, I do hope the recipient likes them!