Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Friday, August 28, 2009

freshening up

We've been using cloth napkins 
since the establishment of our family in 1979. 
Instead of napkin rings, we use clothespins.
Friends and family write their names on the pins
and reuse their napkins until laundry time.
When folks are away for a bit, 
their clothespin goes out to the clothesline
to remind me of them as I peg out the washing.
Now that it's just two of us at most meals,
I decided that Batman and I need some funky, fresh napkins.
I raided my fabric stash and found some off beat fat quarters.
Put two right sides together, 
trimmed to square with a rotary cutter, 
stitched 1/4 seam allowance,
turned right side out, whip stitched the opening, pressed
and top stitched around the edges.
Cats, Day of the Dead and knitting, all in one fabric line.
Did some fabric designer read my blog profile?

Dang, it feels good to be sitting at my machine again!

Hunkering in for whatever "Danny" brings.....
What are you up to?


  1. What a lovely idea, I am sure other families will want to start this tradition.

  2. Very nice, marm. I'm glad you're trying to use some of your stash!!!

  3. I love this custom, and how funny are the new napkins you have made!
    I always have my eye on the remnants in my local JoAnn's, especially when they are 50 - 70% off! There I have found some great scraps of flannel, which I hem for polishing cloths. Oh, yes, we use the old t- shirts and p.j.s for rags, but somehow a puppydog or froggie polishing cloth just makes the job more entertaining!

  4. I have also always made my own table napkins and larger ones for when we go out on picnics. The clothes peg idea is absolutely fantastic which will now be put into operation in our home. Sue x

  5. That's a very cute idea about the clothes pins identifying whose napkin is whose...and your new napkins are amusingly creepy!

  6. J'adore the new napkins! How fun. I need to do that as well.

    Hunkering down for Danny rain here too. Hoping for studio time later - maybe I'll make some cool napkins!

  7. Hey folks, if any of you want to e-mail pics of your homemade napkins, I'll post 'em here and create a link to you blog if you have one.

  8. Everything changes...................but it is wonderful to follow your journeys
    ..........and see the fruits of your work.

    Love from the Swedes

  9. I love that fabric. I'm always on the look out for something "unusual."