After years of design work, coordinating, learning, waiting, and creating, my fabric line is finally going to be available for sale (find a store HERE), so this week kicks off the official launch of Bunnies, Birds & Blooms by Free Spirit Fabrics.
I have partnered with some talented creators and Instagrammers to show off the fabrics. They are amazing quilters. I am not. They will be showing the super-fancy sewing projects. I’m going to show the super simple, no-sew project for my non-sewing, non-quilting readers.
As I was thinking about a good, no-sew project, I was also working on a table setting for a photo shoot and I realized I had sold the majority of my colorful cloth napkins when we moved.
I had a moment of inspiration. My fabrics would be perfect with my table setting and cloth napkins would be ridiculously simple to make. That’s the project I can share! No-sew, custom dinner napkins.
Let me tell you… this project is so easy. It’s almost embarrassingly easy compared to other tutorials I’ve written. Sometimes, though, we want a project that is ridiculously easy. And, the best part about it is it doesn’t come off like a simple craft project. It comes off like, “Wow, where did you find napkins that match your style and dishes so perfectly?”
- 1 yard of quilting-weight cotton fabric
- a quilting ruler (clear plastic)
- a pair of pinking shears
Measure out four 18″ x 18″ squares with the quilting ruler and mark with a pencil on the back side of the fabric. This is where the quilting ruler really comes in handy, because you can easily ensure square corners, so you don’t end up with a trapezoid napkin.
Cut along pencil lines with a pair of pinking shears. This gives the napkin a pretty edge, but it also prevents the fabric from fraying.
Give the napkins a quick once-over with an iron and they are good to go! You can wash and reuse them just like any other cloth napkin.
I told you. Crazy simple.
Think of all of the options! Table runners, placemats, and even simple cafe curtains that can hang from clips. Just because you don’t sew doesn’t mean you can’t make custom linens for your home.
And, if you want to get fancy, you could always add an embroidered edge or stitched details around some of the design. Whether you keep it simple or add some custom touches, this is a great way to open up your table linen options.
Throughout the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring other things made with my fabrics on Instagram (the grid and my stories). I’ve already seen a preview of one of the quilts being made and I’m so excited to share it! If you want to follow along, here are the makers participating in the tour…
Until then, here are some cute things made with my fabrics by Susan of Dunn by Designs…
This is another exciting milestone in a business that started out with the goal of making just $200/month to help with groceries. And I feel like I haven’t said thank you in a while, so thank you. Thank you to all of my readers who have followed me and supported me through this journey. Thank you to my family, friends, mentors, coaches, clients, customers, cheerleaders and everyone who believed in me and took a chance on me.
This is a dream come true for me and you are a part of it.