Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where we share our favorite quilting or sewing tips and tutes! A very happy thanksgiving to those celebrating this week – I always enjoy the time with my family and friends.
However, in a few weeks I am participating in an charity fair in 2 weeks and wanted to make something fresh for the table. I decided to go to one of my favorites – the 2-sided napkin. I have mentioned this before and will be happy to share it again as there are many benefits to making these mapkins. These napkins are many things: 1. a sustainable gift, 2. an easy make, and 3. good for many of those who are hard to make something for. Before we get to making napkins, let’s check in on what people shared last month and a few posts that caught my eye!
Last Month’s Link Ups
Here are October’s links:
- Yvonne shared her tips on entering a quilt show.
- Andree shared her tips on free motion quilting on some journal covers.
- Roseanne shared her tutorial on joining a binding.
- Karen shared her post on paper piecing.
Some Posts That Caught My Eye
Here are a few things I saw that I thought you might also like to see:
- More help for organizing in your studio from Ameroonie Designs.
- This fun block from The Crafty Quilter
- A Garlic Knot Quilt from Morning Latte
Double-Sided Napkin Tutorial
This may be familiar as I did share this before, but it is worth repeating. This will make 4 double-sided napkins, approximately 16 1/2″ square. Here are the two sets I just finished. I often find I my tips and tutorials are about what is happening in my studio and this is what my current finish is!
2 – 1 yard pieces of fabric
- Wash your fabric.
- Straighten the fabric so the selvage edges align and press.
- Place on the cutting mat, and trim off the selvages. My cutting mat is 18″ x 24″ so I need to move the fabric around a bit.
- First, trim about 1″ to 1 1/2″ off the selvage edges, keeping in mind if you want to save/use the selvage for another project.
- Trim the left side of the fabric.
- Trim the right side of the fabric
- Fold in half with trimmed left and rides side meeting.
This is where you decide what your cutting number will be.
17″ or 17.5″ often works for a washed 1-yard piece of fabric, and crooked cuts.
This number (17 for me) becomes the line that I will use for the final cut.
- Repeat with second fabric.
MAKE THE NAPKINS
- Put cut napkins right sides together. You can make one at a time or do each step on all 4. Somedays one way feels better than the other.
- Sew 1/4″ around all the napkins, leaving a 3″ wide opening.
TIP: Sew from the outside edge to the 1/4″ line to start, turn fabric 90 degrees, sew all the way around, then when 3″ from start, turn 90 degrees and sew to the outside edge. This helps when finishing the napkin.
- Trim the corners. Turn inside out. Press the seams.
- Sew 1/8″ around the outside edge of the napkin.
TIP: Start near the opening to be sure that the edge is closed correctly.
- Fold and place on the table!
Now it’s your turn to post, and the rules are simple – write up a tip or group of tips or a tutorial that is quilting or sewing-related and link that post below. The linky party is open from 12:01 am on the 22nd, through midnight on 30th. The post does not have to be new but should be one that hasn’t been linked to Tips and Tutorials in the past. If you don’t have a blog, please send it to me (email@example.com) and I will post your tip or tutorial for you!
Past Tips and Tutorials
Coming Up on My Blog
There is at least one more and maybe another quick finish or two for the art show (the harvest wall hanging) is quilted and needs to be bound after Thanksgiving. Much will depend on what my energy level is like after Thanksgiving. Gratefully, I had a burst before I left; fingers crossed for the same burse when I return!
Harvest Wall Hanging
Ultimate Travel Bag
SeaGlass Joy QAL
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd
4 yards out with these napkins I just made!
Fabric in this month: 0 yards
Fabric out this month 8 yards
Fabric in this year: 89.25 yards
Fabric out this year: 113.25 yards
NET Fabric: -24 yards