Archive for August, 2010

Napkins…take 2

I was a bit afraid after yesterdays first disastrous attempt at making a napkin that I wouldn’t be able to do this. But last night I showed Eddie how I measure and cut my fabric and he showed me the correct way to do it so it comes out straight and to size. (He is even letting me use his ruler from the garage.) He is pretty awesome because I know he was tired after work and didn’t really want to be cutting out fabric. Also, he didn’t laugh, which was nice. lol

First Eddie showed me how to use a ruler.

Then he cut the fabric for me, the right way.

This morning I got up and finished it before going out to lunch. It went a lot quicker than yesterday. After I got home I made another one all by myself. A scary thought…
Doing it the way Eddie showed me was so much easier.

I made a square! I can’t believe I cut a straight line.

I’m noticing an extra bit of fabric at the corners and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I left a comment for Rachel, but I’m guessing it’s something that a bit of practice will solve.

Still, I’m pretty proud of myself. Who knew using a ruler could be so hard. lol
Three finished napkins.

I can’t wait to make more! Thanksgiving is at my house this year.


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Okay, the Home Ec class started today and I’ve already called Eddie twice to cry about how frustrated and stupid I feel. I love that the class is go at your own pace because it gives me time to master each skill before moving on. (and when I say ‘master’ I mean ‘Eddie doesn’t laugh when he sees it’.)
Now, onto the pics!

Getting started:

everything I thought I needed. I ran back upstairs a few times

Doris, all ready to go

I can’t cut a straight line. And having a cutting mat that is smaller than my material is not helping. I plan on buying a new bigger one tonight.

too small mat

I messed up and had to re-pin the seams a half-dozen times and then ripped out the stitches 2 times but eventually I got something that resembled the project picture.

a fuzzy picture of the first completed side

2 1/2 hours later the finished napkin

a napkin to match my plates

Tomorrow I will try the single fabric napkin again. I tried the two fabric one but the ric-rac was too hard for me to use. I think I might make double-sided ones without it first. I plan on working on one project a week, but we’ll see. Otherwise I’ll cry.


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