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embroidered name napkins

Before the sewing room was all packed up, I made personalized, embroidered lunch napkins for my co-workers as going-away gifts, using thrifted cotton and recently found vintage sheets. 
Each name was stitched with a simple running stitch, using lime green floss. 
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sewing project: fern-stitch napkins + train tote

For my sister-in-law's June birthday, I sent her a package filled with cupcake-making supplies and some handmade goodies, including a set of four hand-embroidered napkins with a fern-stitch border. (I sold a teal pair in my shop not too long ago.)
I wrapped everything up in a little tote I made a few years ago from some amazing train fabric found in my mom's stash.
The tote was lined with pink polka dot fabric, which was also used for the handles, and I sewed coordinating green buttons at the base of each of the handles.
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french knot napkins

I really love making napkins (which you may have noticed in these two posts), so for my parents-in-law's back-to-back birthdays, I decided to make them a pair of napkins.
I've been slowly learning how to embroider (pictures of my projects from my embroidery class at the Stitch Lab coming soon!), and I've wanted to embroider napkins for a while, so I decided to give it a try.
Using a piece of white cotton for the front, I created a border using dark blue French knots. For the back, I used a piece of olive green cotton; both fabrics are thrift store finds.
I'm really happy with how the napkins turned out, and have plans for more designs with various stitches.
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as seen on

Remember those napkins I made for friend back in December? Turns out I wasn't the only one smitten with the pattern of that vintage sheet. I recently spotted this on
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merry christmas!

Happy holidays to all of my lovely readers, friends, and family!

This is the set of Christmas-y double-sided napkins I made for my parents for the holiday, using fabric sourced entirely from the thrift store.

Gifts are currently arriving in recipients' mailboxes, which means I can finally share them here. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for posts featuring handmade goodness!
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