Meet Molly

I’ve really started to love sewing over the past year or so, but up to now I’ve tried to stick mainly to straight lines and relatively simple patterns. However, lately I’ve been feeling like challenging myself a bit, so I thought I’d take on a fun project as a Christmas gift for our beautiful Goddaughter, Ember. This little girl is a bundle of energy and adds a spark of joy to everyone who knows her – more than living up to her name! Anyway, I’d like to introduce you to Molly. I hope she and Ember will be very happy together. I think they’ll get along well. Both cute-as-they-come and full of life!img_6035

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Want to make your own Molly? Check out this lovely blog by mmmcraft, where she has graciously posted a free pattern and tutorial for Molly Monkey. Also, check out this fun flickr pool of other Molly’s (and a Mikey?…!)

december is here!

I can’t believe December is already upon us – this fall has gone by so quickly! But, I wanted to make sure and share an easy sewing project I’ve just completed to help get our home a bit more in the Christmas spirit…

Cloth Christmas napkins!

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These are really a snap to make and below is a quick tutorial on the process…

Supplies (for 4 napkins):

  • 4 – 10.5 in x 12.5 in cloth pieces in primary fabric (I used red stripe)
  • 4 – 1.5 in x 12.5 in cloth pieces in primary fabric
  • 4 – 2.5 inx 12.5 in cloth pieces in secondary fabric (I used green dots)
  • 4 – 12.5 in x 12.5 in back pieces (I used solid linen)
  • cutting board ad rotary cutter (optional, but makes the project super quick and easy)
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • coordinating thread
  • iron and ironing board

Step one: Cut out your fabric.

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Step two: Sew top sides of napkin together.

Do this by aligning one 10.5×12.5in primary fabric piece with one 2.5×12.5in secondary fabric piece, right sides together, along their 12.5in borders. Sew together using 1/4in seam. Next, connecting remaining 12.5in side of secondary fabric with one 1.5×12.5 primary fabric piece (right sides together) sew together using 1/4in seam.

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Step three: Press seams flat.

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Step four: Attach napkin backs.

Align front napkin panel with one back panel, right sides together. Pin in place, being sure to mark a three inch space along one side to allow for turning napkin right side out.

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Step five: Sew napkin together.

Stitch 1/4in seam around entire napkin, leaving three inch gap on one side in order to turn napkin right side out. Be sure to back stitch on either side of gap to reinforce the seam. Before turning napkin right side out, clip each corner to make nice sharp corners in your finished napkin.

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Step six: Turn napkin right side out and press.

Step seven: Add topstitch border to completed napkin.

This is done by sewing an 1/8in border around the entire napkin. This adds a nice finish to the overall look of the napkin, and will also hold the two layer together nicely and make the napkin a bit easier to press after washing.

Step eight: Enjoy!

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***PS Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the Handmade Holidays Giveaway!!!***