Knowing I am now a dishaholic, Mom gives me a bag containing the Blue Willow coffee mug, and a few other pieces that she still had from that old set. My imagination was off, planning a table to highlight the pieces, Mom, and all teachers (grandiose visions indeed). At the Rose Bowl Flea Market, I found some Johnson Brothers Asiatic Pheasant plates and soup bowls. The Dollar Store afforded me cobalt blue water goblets. But I still didn't have the tablecloth foundation for the table I was planning in my head. Everything seemed too old-fashioned, too stuffy, too unlike the innovative classroom projects Mom had invented and graded all those years ago.
Then I found two remnants of denim that would pair perfectly for a square overskirt, adding texture, whimsey, and innovation to the table I envisioned.
Here is the tutorial for making the square overskirt, denim napkin rings, and polka dot napkins.
Trim main fabric so that the length equals the width. My fabric was 48 X 48 inches. Set aside.
I use roller cutter and mat when I'm cutting straight lines. More precise. TIP: Always close blade when not using.
Fold border in half aligning edges, and press to crease outer edge. Lay pressed border on a flat surface. Sandwich main fabric between folds of border, and pin in place.
Topstitch through all layers close to the border edge.
Napkin rings are my own design to use up extra fabric, and add some dots of white to the table.
Cut fabric 9 X 6 inches. Fold in half. Sew right sides together on short and long side. Turn right side out. Turn open edge inside 1/2 inch, topsttich closed. Make a button hold on one end. Sew a button on the other end. Button close. Napkin ring!
More on the table, "Fun with Dick and Jane" later this week. Hope your weekend is filled with crafts, dreams, and creations. It is rest for the soul.