Many thanks to Kate at talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com for allowing me to get involved with this. My first Scraphappy project is a set of 4 BBQ, potluck or picnic napkins. I made them from two fat quarters of fabric. They have a handy little tab on them to tuck your eating utensils in then just roll the napkins. No more juggling plate, napkin and fork or chop sticks, this can be held in the same hand under your plate or bowl whIle you load up on the goodies.
I cut (8) 9″ squares, four from each coordinating fabric. The strip of fabric left over from the edge of the remnants were used to make the tabs (2″wide and 16″long scraps were sewn right side together along the long edges, then turned right side out, pressed and cut into (4) 4″ pieces). Pin the right sides of two different fabrics together with a fabric “tab” tucked and pinned inside, even with an edge seam. Stitch 1/4″ seam, including over the tab, leaving an opening for turning right side out. Trim the corners diagonally, being careful not to clip your stitching, so your corners will lie flat. Turn the squares right side out, press the edges flat, tucking the raw edge of material where it was turned, and then top stitch 1/4″ around the edges (be sure to sew shut the open edge, also). I added a small backstitch over each edge of the tab just to be sure they could with stand a ltitle extra tugging but I don’t know if it needed it as much as I needed the peace of mind.
I will be making more of these, as gifts and for myself, but I will make them a bit larger in future. I know people who are very good at matching napkins, place mats and table cloths… I’ll have to make sure my dress or blouse doesn’t match my napkins this summer. 😉