If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sewing- napkins and baby cloths

I've been cleaning out a closet and got rid of several tablecloths that didn't fit our table but I kept 3 sort of vintage thrifted tablecloths even though  they didn't fit our table either. I thought about cutting them down into dish towel size but I am not really in need of more dish towels right now.
Then my son mentioned he wanted more cloth napkins. So yesterday, I cut the 3 tablecloths into napkin size and finished off any edges that needed it. 
I left the sewn edges in tact so some of the new napkins only needed 2 or 3 sides finished off with narrow hems. I first ironed them and then machine stitched. They were a quick project, 
There are 4 in the first stack, 6 in the middle stack and 12 in the last pile. 

It was the biggest of the 3. It had a repeating design of this big fruit bowl so I tried to center one on each napkin. 
I don't know if my son will think these are cool or hokey. But if he doesn't like them, we will use them.

My other sewing project used 3 little flannel blankets from the thrift store. They were really too tiny to swaddle a baby but I bought them because the fabric looked brand new and the color is fairly gender neutral. 
I cut them into rectangles and rounded the corners, then sewed them up into burp cloths. 
4 of them are a good size for a burp cloth but the 5th one is pieced from the scraps and is a bit small. But maybe it will be used by an older sibling on a baby doll when the new babies arrive.

My craft room has no shortage of supplies to continue with similar sewing projects. Hopefully I'll get more done soon! 

17 comments:

  1. What fab thrifty crafts :)
    I love the burp cloths, will add that to my to do pile :)

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  2. That's a great idea! I love the vintage look! Bravo!

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  3. The burp cloths are cute and the napkins from the tablecloth look great! I can think of someone on my Christmas list for next year who would like something like those.

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  4. Great re-use of items! I love the napkin idea. I have one of my grandmother's cloths that fits nothing and it would make great napkins. Thanks for the idea!

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  5. Great repurposing items. Love those towel patterns.

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  6. How cute, stores charge and arm and leg for vintage tablecloths or napkins!!

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  7. If Jimmy doesn't want all of the napkins, I would be more than happy to take some ;) Very cute, Rhonda. Your projects are always so neat.

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    1. Hi Megan,thank you for the compliment, I had no idea you would like these funny napkins. Jimmy took the ones with fruits and vegs on them so the other 2 sets are here, and yours whenever I see you next.

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  8. What size do you cut your napkins?

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    1. Hi Laura,
      I have made many napkins and I think 17 inches is a nice size- big enough but not too big. But I tend to let the fabric decide what size something will be, especially when I am reusing something like these tablecloths. I have made napkins as small as 12 inches and as big as 18 inches.m

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  9. Lovely projects. Thanks for sharing your ideas and creativity.

    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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  10. Now that was clever. I need to do that. Now I just need to get to the point where I can unpack the tablecloths and find my sewing machine.

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  11. Very nice Rhonda. Love how you repurposed these things and made them more useful. Great job!

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  12. Love these Rhonda! You are a cleer girl!!

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  13. I love the vintage fabric tablecloths you used to make the napkins, so bright and cheery.

    The burp cloths are cute too.

    I need to look at some of the "stuff" I have here and see if I can re invent something new :)

    You have a great little blog here, I am your newest follower :)

    xTania

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Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda