I love to set a special dinner table with cloth napkins. Adding a simple, and I stress the word simple, design makes it even more festive. That’s when the idea dawned on me to use the Circles Sew Simple Tool to add the traditional ornament shape to napkins.
Make Your Own Festive Napkins the Sew Simple Way:
- Attach the Circles Sew Simple Tool to your machine. It attaches with the double-sided tape which is included in the package. It takes literally one minute to do!
- Set the tack at the 3″ circle.
- To get the design placed in the right spot, I used Designs in Machine Embroideries Perfect Placement Kit. Yes, it was designed for machine embroidery, but you can use the templates—there are 15 useful templates in all—for any type of embellishment.
- Mark the center opening with an “X”. The marking will be covered with the appliqué.
- Choose fabrics for the appliqué, cut 4″ squares, and fuse interfacing to the wrong side. I used Pellon’s Sof-Shape. Or, use anything you have in your stash.
- Fold the square in fourths, and mark the center on the wrong side.
- Place the center of the “X” over the Circles Sew Simple Tack. Place the appliqué fabric over the tack, too, at the center marking.
- Cover the tack with one of the tack stoppers.
- Set the sewing machine for a straight stitch. Stitch a perfect circle!
- Trim off the excess ornament fabric. Do not remove the napkin from the machine.
- Fold 1/2″ ribbon in half. Extend the fold about 1/2″ from the stitching and place at the top of the ornament. Restitch.
- Trim off the excess ribbon.
- Set the machine for a satin stitch with a minimum of 3.5 width. Stitch again.
- Here’s a trick that I borrowed from landscape quilting, use a permanent marker to draw the ornament hook. I used a silver and black Sharpie.
The Circles Sew Simple Tool is so versatile. Look for more ideas on using this terrific notion in future blog postings.
Last year I blogged about 12 Days of Christmas Sewing. Check out these posts:
#9—Sew a Picnic
#11—Jewelry Roll up
Bye for now,
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