Last year, I bookmarked the Christmas Tree Napkins by Sew Hungry Hippie. I saw them being made and shared a lot on Instagram, but by the time I saw them, I did not have time to give them a try. Somehow the holidays are already here again, so I figured it was time to give the tutorial a try.
And by give a try… I mean pull 22 colors from my Kona solids stash and sew up a rainbow of 11 napkins. Top to bottom, I pulled:
- Brt. Pink
- Dk. Violet
- Bright Idea
The napkins don’t take long at all to sew together and press. I wasn’t especially working fast, and I could easily make 3 napkins in a hour with some time to spare.
The napkins were always intended to be gifted to my in-laws. They like to use cloth napkins at meals, and when the family is gathered together, we differentiate seating arrangements with our napkin colors. Since these napkins were destined for my in-laws, I had to get a photograph with the beautiful rainbow that is cast by a prism we inherited from my husband’s maternal grandparents.
When unfolded, the napkins are a nice half circle. I opted to take a bit more time when making each napkin and sew a line indicating each fold line. That way it will be easier to know how to press the napkins after each wash. Speaking of wash, the photo above is after I gave the napkins their first wash. I also labeled the napkins with their color names because I know my in-laws would appreciate knowing the colors.
I don’t know if I have any other sewing that I’ll do for the holidays this year, and it feels good to have a handmade gift already delivered. Are you making anything special for gifting this year?