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How-To: Sew Your Own Thanksgiving Napkins

How-To: Sew Your Own Thanksgiving Napkins

Should you find yourself with a little bit of free time in the days leading up to Thanksgiving (hey, it might happen), consider whipping up a set of linen napkins for the feast.  It's a super easy project, plus, whether you'll be dining with family or friends (or both), everyone will be impressed with your mad skills and dedication to being festive.  And there's nothing more important during the holidays than impressing people with your level of festiveness.  Right?  Right.  On with it, then.  

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Each year, the cool kids at The Purl Bee create a new series of Thanksgiving napkin designs, complete with tutorials and how-tos.  I've highlighted a few of my favorite, including what materials you'll need for each.

created at: 11/16/2010

Linen Thanksgiving Napkins:

  • 12 "fat quarters" in a spectrum of oranges and reds
  • 2 1/4 yards of sheer linen in beige
  • matching thread

Have everything for this project?  Click here for complete instructions.

created at: 11/16/2010

Fringed Thanksgiving Napkins:

  • 2 yards linen
  • 1/4 yard of 9 different fabrics (for appliques)
  • thread (one spool in a bright, contrasting color plus one spool to match linen)
  • 1/4 yard interfacing

Have everything for this project?  Click here for complete instructions.

created at: 11/16/2010

Colorful Handstitched Napkins:

  • 1/2-yard of cotton fabric in bright pink
  • 1/2-yard of cotton fabric in chartreuse
  • 1/2-yard of cotton fabric in magenta
  • 1/2-yard of cotton fabric in mustard
  • embroidery thread in light brown black
  • a small embroidery needle
  • fabric marker such as tailor's chalk or a pencil

Have everything for this project?  Click here for complete instructions.

If you do end up sewing your own Thanksgiving napkins, I'd love to see the final results.  Post your completed projects in the comments!  Also, which of these three styles are you leaning towards?  I'm definitely feelin' the super bright handstitched set myself!

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