Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cloth Necktie Napkin Tutorial Page

It's always nice to dress up for dinner, especially if you're having a nice meal like spaghetti and meatballs!

Tuck in your napkin and slurp away without any worries-all while looking quite stylish!

This project is super quick and easy. Make a set of two or four and it would make a great last minute gift.

What you'll need:
makes 4 napkins
1 napkin template
1 yard of white fabric
4 fat quarters of fabric for the neckties

Sewing Machine

1. Cut 4 squares of white fabric measured at 19.5"x 19.5" (if you're not going to serge the edges, cut your squares at 20"x 20"

2. Run each square through your serger, creating a rolled hem on all four edges of each napkin.
(If you're not using a serger, fold the edges over 1/4" towards the wrong side and iron. Fold the edges over 1/4" again and iron. Sew around the perimeter of the napkin with 1/8" seam allowance to secure the hem.)

3. Cut your necktie out of the necktie fabrics using the template provided.

4. Fold your napkin in half, diagonally. Iron to make a crease. Fold your necktie in half lengthwise and press, making a crease.

5. On the diagonal line you ironed on the napkin, measure 5" down from the top point. Position the necktie on this line, matching the creases (this will ensure that the necktie is centered on the napkin)

6. With a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of your necktie to secure it to the napkin. Repeat to the other 3 neckties.

7. Throw them in the wash to get the raw edge to fray.

8. Tuck them in your shirt and allow a little silliness at the dinner table!



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