Hold onto your pants because I just sewed something that isn’t a pillow! I recently got my hands on some FolkArt stencils and paints and wanted to try something totally new:
The lightbulb went off when I was digging through the remnant bin at JoAnn (always check the remnant bin!) and I found a piece of white cotton. I mentally high-fived myself and thought, “Self, that would make some mighty fine cocktail napkins.” With the holidays sneaking up on me again, I want to be ready for hosting people well in advance this time.
Here’s what else you need:
— FolkArt paints (available at Michael’s)
— Stencil1 stencils (also available at Michael’s)
— small foam brush
— rotary cutter
— cutting mat
— ruler (not pictured, my bad)
— FolkArt stencil adhesive (also found at Michael’s)
If you already have some plain cocktail napkins hangin’ around and don’t feel like sewing, you can skip right to the stencil action. But if you’re like me and found a remnant that could not be ignored, let’s make the actual napkins. First I cut the material into 10 1/4″ squares.
Then I folded a 1/4″ seam all the way around the perimeter, ironed it to keep it flat, and sewed. This makes the napkins 9 3/4″ square, perfect for holding some little appetizers.
Now we’re ready to decorate. Grab that stencil adhesive and dab it on the back of your stencil. This was my first time using this and it was a GAME CHANGER. I’m a total convert. I used to get nervous about stencils with dark colors because I have a knack for scooting the plastic around while I paint, but this kept it on lock down.
I could also move the stencil several times before it needed to be re-stickified (an official term), so it didn’t really slow me down.
For my pattern, I used the letter O as a polka dot. I thought about making them random at first, but then decided to go with offset rows. The stencil is semi-transpartent so I had an easy time getting it situated before I dabbed the paint on.
Once the napkins were full of O’s, I laid them flat to dry for a couple of hours and that was it! Done. I went with gold and black because–don’t laugh at me–I wanted something that could technically work for Halloween OR Christmas. Plus, I love neutrals.
Unintentional bonus: these look a lot like coffee beans, so if you’re in need of a coffee-themed gift for the caffeine addicts in your life, this pattern would also look great in various shades of brown.
What have you been making lately? Anybody else sewing something new? Who’s ready to host a party just so they can bust out some cute cocktail napkins? Do you also like to use letters as a pattern instead of words?
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