Sunday, November 14, 2010
Napkin with mitred border frame tutorial
Cue: One length of off white linen purchased at an op shop for $4 aeons ago.
I had to buy the contrast border fabric, and got far too much because I wasn't thinking. I got 1.5 metres at $9.95per metre. Next time I'll figure out the measurements before I buy. If you are doing a 5cm (2 inch) border then you need this times the four sides. If the fabric is 112cms wide, then you need 10cms to do one napkin, and you'll have a bit left over. So I had 12 napkins x 10 cms = 1.2 metres. So I got 1.5 in case something went horribly wrong. Or if my maths on the fly was completely out. As it happened I was right in the first place.
So now onto the construction.
As my napkins weren't square, I cut 4 strips x 2" wide for each side of the fabric and then sewed them together mitreing the corners. I made myself up a little template to make life easier, as I didnt want to sew it completely to the inside edge - preferring to fold that inside to finish it off. I made this little 45 degree triangle and marked it at half inch. I created this with the help of my quilters ruler which has a 45 degree angle marked on it. You dont need to create this template of course but its a lot easier to lay this little card on the fabric, rather than getting out your chunky ruler each time.
Take it to the machine and every time you come to a dot do this:
Bon appetit !
Three down. 9 to go.
(and the final tally $4 napkin fabric, $15 trim fabric. Total $19 for 12 napkins, or $1.58 each. Smug. Well and truly)