Woo-hoo! It’s Spring! (Just had to throw that out there.) Our red-winged blackbirds came home last week, which means it really is spring. It doesn’t just say that on the calendar.
At the beginning of the school year, my first grader started a small trend in his class. I always put a cloth napkin in his lunch bag to function as a little placemat. Well, another child in his class with a crafty-mama saw it, and told her mom that she wanted cloth napkins in her lunch! So, crafty-mama made her daughter and her friend special napkins for their lunches. Well, the teacher saw these and mentioned that she thought it was a great idea, and wouldn’t it be nice to have a few in the classroom for a child to use when they brought in a messier snack?
So, I finally got the hint, LOL! No, seriously, I frequently ask her if there is anything that I can make for her because I make so much stuff for my son’s Montessori class and hardly anything for my older son’s school. They were having a big party/celebration last week. A big pajama day party with pizza because, as a class, they have read 1,000 books since school started in September. Wow! That’s impressive for 17 first graders! They had been doing a read-aloud of Charlotte’s Web, and my son’s most-looked-forward-to event of the party was that they would be finishing Charlotte’s Web the day before so they could watch the movie during the party.
I went to JoAnns, and found some cute prints in their clearance area, and raided my own fabric stash and made 20 napkins. I wanted to make sure everyone could have one. Lots of ways to make napkins of course. I cut mine to 15″x15″. I made mine double sided, so I cut two 15×15 squares, put them right sides together, sewed with a 5/8″ seam leaving about 3 inches to turn them in the center of one side. I also like to backstitch when I turn the corner, just to add some reinforcement. Clip the corners. Turn them right side out. Press flat, making sure to press the seam of the opening correctly. Then top-stitch all the way around, which will close up the open seam where you turned them.
You can also make them one-sided, and just hem them all the way around. This uses a lot less fabric, of course, but I like the thickness that you get with the double-layer. I made one special one using “party” fabric, and she is going to save that as the special napkin you get to use when you celebrate your birthday! Hooray! I volunteer in his class one morning a week, and it was fun to see all the kids going to pick out napkins for snack time.
P.S. I’m almost done with my baby quilt!! I just need to go pick out the binding and put it on!
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