Wednesday, March 12, 2008

New Napkins

It seems that ever since I rescued Princess Peach in Super Mario Galaxy and released the Twilight Princess and restored peace to the realm in Zelda Twilight Princess I've been sewing more than ever. Swordfighting on the Wii is a funny shake of the wrist. If you press the buttons willy-nilly and shake the controllers wildly, you'll find yourself to be a very talented swordfighting warrior on Zelda.

I purchased some glorious fabric from I was looking through their clearance fabric choices and the had this cute vintage style stripe in a linen cotton blend manufactured by Yuwa Fabrics in Japan. It seemed like my package was already being shipped to me hours after I ordered it. This stuff has pretty much the exact feel of vintage table linens. In fact my husband's aunt sent me a nice everyday tablecloth that was her mother's in this exact type of fabric, so I am quite excited!

Stripey Napkins

I got two 1 1/2 yard cuts of the only 2 colorways they had left. It would have been awesome to have a yellow stripe and a red stripe too, but this is a dozen napkins and two table runners, which is plenty for now. The napkins measure about 19 inches square.

Napkin set

Here you can see how I took the time to miter the corners. I'm very happy with how this turned out!
Mitered Corner Napkins

We don't care for paper napkins around here. I found that when we had kids, they just use them up way too fast. They also take up too much space in my very limited pantry. Now I keep a stash of cloth napkins in a drawer on our kitchen table and we each get our own color. I never iron them. You can reuse cloth napkins from one meal to the next, but we usually use fresh ones at suppertime.

Here are our old napkins which are still good, but they are getting a bit stained after about 6 years of use. I always wished I'd mitered the corners of these when I sewed them, only because this type of square corner is bulkier when folded up.
Old napkins

These new prints make me feel like we need some homemade ice cream sundaes for supper tonight!


Sonya said...

I just love these cloth napkins! the fabric is so pretty!

floresita said...

Hee hee. Ditto on the Zelda swordfighting - I recently finished my "quest" after consulting lots of cheats online. Not only am I a nerd, I am also a nerd that needs directions. :)

Will there ever be a Wii sewing game? If so, I am doomed. :D

Nan and B.A.G.S. the pug said...

*sigh* I SO WANT TO SEW! They are beautiful!!!

Rebel said...

WOW! Your corners are impressive, and I love that fabric. Sundaes for supper indeed!

I love cloth napkins too and gave up on paper napkins a few years ago. It actually feels indulgent to use real cloth napkins but it's practical too.

Rebekah said...

That fabric is great. I love using cloth napkins but when our friends come over for dinner they say they have a hard time using my napkins they are afraid to use them.
I have never made my own I might have to try that.

Tab said...

Those napkins are wonderful! I need to make a fresh batch for my brood. I have always had the same problem as rebekah, people never want to use the cloth, because they don't want to get them dirty.

IamSusie said...

Tab and Rebekah- I leave my friends little choice in napkins. I always say they should not worry about stains because there is scarcely a point in having nice things if you do not use them. Besides.. if fabric items like this get used up, it's just an excuse for me to stitch up something new. Oxyclean works great!

Glenda said...

I love the napkins =)

I never could master the controls for Twilight Princess -- I'm more of a GameCube gal myself, when it comes to using controllers -- but I loved watching my son play thru T.P. (it's amazing how intuitive the Wiimote & Nunchuk are for him).

My favorite game on the Wii is Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. If you've never tried one of the Lego Star Wars games, they are a blast!!! We rented the PlayStation 2 version from GameFly, loved it so much we bought it for PS2, then bought the new Wii one (which has some neat features the PS2 ones don't).

I've been playing Smash Bros. Brawl with kiddo this week, so I've slowly been getting used to using the Nunchuk with my left hand (I'm a rightie). If I get comfortable with the Nunchuk, I might have to give Twilight Princess another try ;-).

Sorry for going all "game-y" on you -- I love when I find another mom who loves to game =).

Tamar said...

Hi Susie, I'm new to your blog and taking a break from making cloth napkins RIGHT NOW after being so inspired by yours! They're just lovely.

Little Miss Shadow Dozier said...

I love the idea of making my own cloth napkins! This fabric is adorable. I'm new to your blog but have had the best time looking through the archives. You are a wonderful, inspirational crafter!

IamSusie said...

Thanks, Little Miss Shadow Dozier! I'm glad to hear you are stitching up napkins of your own! I checked out your new blog and I love your gnome pouch. You went to my favorite locations in my fair city of Chicago: the Hancock building and the Art Institute. I'd have written you this on your blog, but I don't think you have comments enabled. ;-)

Lily Boot said...

Mmmm... lovely fabric and impressive mitred corners - I see what you mean about the "vintage" quality in the close-up photo - they have a great texture.