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Monday, March 9, 2009
Cocktail Napkins - A Tutorial
These are my version of a cocktail napkin. They're not so much for the dinner table as they are for outdoor soirees: picnics in the park, lunches on the lawn, or a little tea party with your friends! They're the perfect size to hold a little sandwhich, or a cookie or any other small finger food - like a little cloth plate! They double as coasters...and I just love them!
You will need:
1/4 yard cotton fabric
Cutting mat, rotary cutter and quilting rule or
Thread for your sewing machine
Begin by cutting your fabric - you will need eight 6" squares.
Grab two of your squares and stick 'em right sides together. Line up the edge of the fabric with the right edge of your presser foot and sew along three and a half sides of your square. (Did you get that? Sew three sides, and then half of the last side, leaving a hole so you can turn your square right side out when you're done.)
Clip the corners and flip your little creation right side out. I like to stick a closed pair of scissors inside and poke the corners out so they're nice and square.
Fold the open edges down inside and now line your fabric up with the left edge of your presser foot and sew the opening shut. Continue on around until you've sewn around all four sides - this is called Top Stitching.
Press it if you like...and you're done! I like to do these assembly line style - cut out all the squares, sew them all together, flip them all, clip them all...you get the idea.
These would make great party favors for a little girl's tea party, or a great addition to a summer BBQ.
If you do make these, blog it up and send me a link - I'd love to see what you come up with!!
I'm Aunt LoLo, mama to Ming Wai, Siu Jeun and Ying Ying. Wife to Lo Gung. The LoLo Life is all about living life my way: proud Mormon, fierce Mama, aspiring Writer. Part of our journey is striving to blend two beautiful cultures (American and Chinese) and help our children be comfortable on either continent, in either language. We do this through food, language, and festival celebrations. Welcome!