12/03/2009
Tools for ironing
Tools for ironing
1/4 inch seam (this is the back side of the fabric)
Ironing the second 1/4 seam so that the outside (cut) edge is hidden inside the seam. Fold the seam to the back of the napkin where you will not have to see it.
I pinned my corners so that they wouldn't slide and look icky.
Sewing! Make sure to hold onto your threads when you begin sewing (unless your machine is very new) otherswise they can get caught up on the underside of the fabric and cause problems. No Bueno.
Complete napkin with a finished edge
A fabric flower would look nice in the middle of that ribbon band..
Tools for ironing1/4 inch seam (this is the back side of the fabric)Ironing the second 1/4 seam so that the outside (cut) edge is hidden inside the seam. Fold the seam to the back of the napkin where you will not have to see it.I pinned my corners so that they wouldn't slide and look icky.Sewing! Make sure to hold onto your threads when you begin sewing (unless your machine is very new) otherswise they can get caught up on the underside of the fabric and cause problems. No Bueno.Complete napkin with a finished edgeA fabric flower would look nice in the middle of that ribbon band..
  

DIY Wedding
Sewing Napkins With Lots of sewing tips (nerd alert!)

Well, I think I might start with one because you learn sooooo much about what you're not supposed to do with that first step.

What you need:

Good Iron (really any iron will work, I loooove my Rowenta)
Ruler/measuring tape - something for consistency
Animal to constantly be underfoot
Good lighting (this is really important)
Good thread
Brand new sewing machine needle
Standard foot on your machine (read on)
Sewing Machine or
Strong hands, good needles, and gumption
And of course good tunes!

Preface: OK, so I had my walking foot on my machine from machine quilting a few baby quilts for some friends. It's kind of a pain in the neck to remove so I thought, 'Ahhh heck, I'll try it!" Not a good idea ladies. walking feet are made for quilting, hence its previous use. Basically I'm trying to tell you that I normally do not sew like a kindergardener all hopped up on Kool-Aid.

STEP ONE:
Iron your seam. If you decide to fold up your seam while you're sewing it might get crooked unless you are a very experienced and confident sewer. I am not that confident. Besides ironing is therapeutic. ew.

I decided on a 1/4 inch fold. See picture
I folded the edge in once towards the back so that the raw edge was closest to the middle of the napkin on the back side. I then folded over 1/4 more inch so that the raw edge is now inside the seam. Looks pretty and won't unravel and embarrass you later when your guests machine wash the napkin.

I like to measure each fold so that it is consistent and I end up with a square.... not a trapezoid or a rhombus. Been there, done that.

STEP TWO:
We get to sew!! Select thread that is a pretty color. If you're flip-flopping back and forth on a color, it is always easy to just pick the background color (most common color in the pattern) and I usually just go a shade lighter and it somehow seems to disappear. This time I went darker, thought it might be fun.

Good thread is a must. If you buy cheapy thread, it will break, split, and just look gross as well as drive you crazy and waste your time because it is likely to get caught up in your machine and bobbin.

Good or new needles are also important. Machines get caught up in the thread and bunch up or ruin fabric when needles are dull. Sharp = good!

Sew away at this point! I like to sew just in from the folded in edge... I kind of eyeball it. I figure that it will look good that way and it's easy to follow especially if you have ironed well.

STEP THREE:
Step back and admire your hard work or tell yourself that next time you will use a standard foot, and it curse yourself for even trying a walking foot in the first place.

STEP FOUR:
Repeat 50 more times... thank goodness for intimate weddings.

P.S. I think that I am going to practice making a bunch of fabric flowers or ribbon flowers because they would look adorable as bling on the napkins as a napkin ring. MORE TO COME on that. I'll have to brainstorm this weekend!
diy, napkins
renorx's Yellow wedding
 |  Phoenix, AZ, USA  |  12/03/2009  | 
I'm sorry this is so long :( It has good tips though! Promise!
mintcy's Pink wedding
 |  Miami, FL, USA  |  12/03/2009  | 
very interesting, thanks
sarahdarling's Black wedding
 |  Toronto, ON, Canada  |  12/03/2009  | 
they look great and your instructions are awesome! you are much more ambitious than i. i made fabric 'tears of joy' handkerchiefs and just folded the one edge and sewed it down, your edges are MUCH nicer tho!
timeflies's Red wedding
 |  Toronto, ON, Canada  |  12/04/2009  | 
This is great, thank you for posting this!
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bananapants
 |  Minneapolis, MN, USA  |  12/04/2009  | 
"Animal to be constantly underfoot" - ha ha, that's what it's like at our house!  I was trying to do yoga yesterday at home, and every time I was on the ground, she came up to me and tried giving me a kiss or lay down beside me.  Just didn't work!  :)  

This looks great!  Wish I was more crafty to try and do this.  Maybe I can talk my mom into it.  I see myself giving her lots of massages as a tempting trade-off...
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