Monday, April 26, 2010
Something I have been wanting to do for a very long time is to make some napkins that are a combination of pretty cotton print and practical white cloth. I adore to set a pretty dinner table with cloth napkins but Ken much prefers to use an ugly white cloth because it's more practical and absorbent. I've been thinking, why not combine the properties of both and use a pretty cotton on one side, practical flour sack towel on the other, and bind them together with bias tape? So that is what I did (exactly once--so far this is the only one I've made)!
Here's what it looks like on the other side. I used a new flour sack towel (cut to size) for the back. Thoughts:
:: this one is a little small at 14 inches. Next time I'll try a 16 or 18 inch square.
:: I made my own bias tape but that seems a little silly for everyday cloth napkins. On the other hand I love the look of it.
:: I never have learned how to reliably apply seam binding. As a result, it's usually an exercise in frustration, with areas on the back not getting sewn down and the corners looking messy. I might ditch it and just sew these right sides together and turn them.
:: I think putting some time into this project would be worth it in the end. I do so love a pretty table and it would be awesome to have some napkins that Ken will use too.
In other news:
Green Smoothie Week came to an abrupt end when my blender broke on Saturday. I was so sad, but Ken went online immediately and ordered a replacement part. Thank you Ken!
I'm in the process of signing up for Freecycle so I can give away our crib to someone who would like it. If that works out I'll probably post my breast pump too as long as that's allowed. It sounds like a great organization.