She Sews: Country Cloth Napkins

I’m calling these “country” cloth napkins because they are simply made, intended for utility not beauty.

I whipped these out in about an hour. I didn’t press the hems before stitching them. I didn’t press the finished napkins before putting them in the napkin stack. I didn’t miter the corners or use a decorative machine stitch. These napkins will be wiping dirty, sweat-streaked, spaghetti-stained faces. I won’t be hosting the queen of England. So utilitarian (and quickly sewn!) suits just fine.

I’m not even going to make this post as detailed as I usually do. I don’t think such a small project warrants it!

I used a tan cotton canvas I had in my fabric stash and cut pieces 12″ square. These are small, everyday napkins. I made a double-fold 1/4″ hem, so they finished at 11″ square. Simple. Easy. Quick.

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She Sews: Zippered Boxed Pouch

Another zippered pouch… but this one is different! This one was for my niece for Christmas.

Progression
December 19

I spent about 3 hours on this one.

Pattern Info
DIY Zippered Box Pouch by The Seasoned Homemaker

This little pouch was very tricky! I didn’t add any interfacing, but wish I had. It would have been much, much better with it!

Fabric Info
quilting cottons

More remnant cottons and scraps from bundled fat quarters I have used in other projects. These fabrics don’t necessarily coordinate perfectly, but I just loved both of them, and couldn’t decide which to use.

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She Sews: Two Pouches for a Pair of Friends

My sister loves these little zippered pouches I make, and a good friend of her’s has commented on them several times as well. So, I made them each a pouch for Christmas. I really, really love making these little things!

Progression
December 18
December 19

I only spent about 3 hours on both of these. I save time sewing more than one in a sitting because I can assembly-line them, to some degree.

Pattern Info
improvised by me

I added tabs to the ends of the zippers with the interior fabric. I used medium-weight interfacing on the outer fabrics of the friend’s pouch. I added a layer of thin cotton fabric to the very interior (between the inner and outer fabrics) of my sister’s pouch, for stability (I was out of interfacing!). Interestingly, they are similarly weighted.

Fabric Info
quilting cottons

The interior cherries fabric is something I found in a remnant bin. The outer fabrics came together in a fat quarter bundle. I like that they are similar.

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She Sews: Small Project Set

I have wanted a small, sock-sized project bag and DPN cosy for a long time — and I finally made a set for myself!

Progression
December 14

These little pouches are a 2-hour project. The DPN holder was about an hour of sewing.

Pattern Info
Double-Pointed Needle Keeper Tutorial by The Nome Knitter

I made the 6″ size DPN keeper. I made one mistake — the snaps are about 1/2″ closer to each edge than the tutorial specifies, but the keeper works just as well this way.

I don’t use a tutorial or pattern for these zippered pouches anymore!

Fabric Info
quilting cottons

These are all random pieces of cotton fabric I have bought from remnant bins, except for the shiny fabric on the outside of the DPN keeper. That one came in a fat quarter bundle.

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She Sews: Guest Room Curtains

The guest/sewing room has needed curtains since we moved here in 2013! I finally got around to making some before we had guests for JB’s birthday party.

Progression
Started – October 11
Completed – October 11
Duration – 1 day

I made these in about 3 hours.

Pattern Info
Improvised by me

The only information I researched was how wide to make curtains so that they sit nicely on a curtain rod. (The answer was 1.5-2 times the width of the opening/window.) Then I measured the window, bought the fabric, and completely improvised the rest.

These curtains are fully lined in white and have simple hems and rod casing. Easy and quick!

Fabric Info
cotton canvas (outer)
cotton (I think) duck cloth (inner)

The outer is a pale blue-turquoise kind of color and white pattern that is almost a checker design, but prettier. 🙂

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