Napkins

I’ve been feeling lately like I want to blog more. Share more then once every 3 weeks. So with that being said I’m going to try to post at least once a week. I’m putting it out there so I will have some accountability. 😀

Life has been super busy, July is one of our busiest months, so crafting goes by the way side. But now that it is almost September things have slowed down so I have been able to get some sewing and cross-stitching in. I have already shared my cross-stitch progress, but thought I’d share what else I’ve been doing. 

Several years ago I started using cloth napkins instead of paper ones. I just like them better, they are usually bigger for one thing. When I started using the cloth ones my husband was like oh, fancy lol. Now if I give him a paper napkin he says, what no cloth ones. 

At first I was buying my napkins, but thought it would be fun to make my own. So now I’m always on the lookout for cute prints to make napkins. 

I start out cutting my napkins into an 18″ square. I found on Pinterest several years a great idea to use chipboard with a quarter inch line marked on it to make my seam allowance. It works great. Now my seams are even and easy to sew. 

This is what it looks like. (As you can tell I’ve used it a lot lately).


After I iron down the edges I miter the corners, then sew the seams and have a napkin. 


Here are the napkins I have finished this summer. 

I did 12 4th of July napkin

These are the rest I finished.


So I have made 36 napkins in all. Wow I didn’t realize I have made so many until I counted them up for this post. 

I love all the colors and designs you can use. I even have material that has Happy Birthday on it and plan on using them when we have our family Birthday parties. Hopefully I’ll get to those in the next week. 

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SAL – August Update #2

What a difference 3 weeks makes 😀.  Once July was over ( it is our busiest month, lots of company and activities) I have had some me time and have been able to get lots of stitching in. I was so glad to finish the first part. I had a feeling that it was the hardest, lots of solid areas with lots of color changes. I was right.  The second part went much faster! I even missed up one part and had to pullout 3 days worth of work. 😕 I have even started the third section. Loving the progress I’m making.
Here is what it looked like 3 weeks ago.


And now….


I really love the way the pattern is becoming clearer.

Be sure to check out the progress of the other members of the SAL.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie

SAL Update-August (a little late)

Well it has been three weeks already, so it is time for another update. I’m a little late, but excited to say I have finished 1/4 of my project. I like to make copies of my patterns and on the larger ones I can’t copy the whole thing so it ends up being 4 copies. I have finished the 1st one! I think this was the one with the most stitches, so it should be down hill from here. 😀  I really like the way it turned out so far. I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to see the details, but I’m please to say I can. 

Where I was last time:


And now: 


It really starting to look like a picture and not a blob lol. 
We have had 2 new stitchers join us. Welcome Heidi  and Connie! This is a great group and everyone is very encouraging. If anyone is interested in joining us please contact Avis. Be sure to check out what everyone else has done. 

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn,  Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie.
Until next time….

SAL update July 

Wow another 3 weeks have flown past. I’m afraid that there is going to be very little progress in the next few months. To much other fun stuff going on 😀

Here is where I was last update


And here is where I am now. A little progress, but some is better than nothing. 

Don’t forget to check the other members of the SAL. We even have a new member, welcome Heidi. She will be join the updates in August, but check out what she is doing in the meantime. 

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate,  Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, and our new member  Heidi

SAL-June Update

Wow time sure has flown by. I’m sorry I missed the last update. It’s hard to believe 6 weeks has pasted already. I was on vacation in Europe, and then the jet lag kicked my butt 😀.

I’m  afraid I don’t have much progress to report. I have gotten some stitching in, just kind of hard to see the progress.

Here is where I was the last time I updated.

And here is where I’m at now.

As I said it’s hard to see much difference. Hopefully next time I’ll have more done and it will be easier to see a difference.
Please check out the other stitchers in the SAL and what they have done. There is even a finished project or two.

Avis,  Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, ConstanzeDebbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy

May Update

Sorry there is no update this time. I’m still on holiday and have had very little stitching time.  Hopefully I’ll have more done on the next update. 

If you want to read about my trip check out my other blog here where I’m doing updates about my travels. 

https://coffeecraftandconversation.wordpress.com/
Be sure to check out what the others have done. I’m sure they have more done, then I have 😀

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,  Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy

April Update #2

Time for another SAL update. I haven’t done much, was getting ready for our upcoming trip. Do get some work done on the plane, but not much since. 

Here is were I was last time 

Where I am now. 


Be sure to check out want the others have been doing. 

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Catherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy