September is my favorite month in northern California; the weather gets warm and sunny (no fog!), and we actually get to experience a taste of summer before heading into rainy season :( These adorable cocktail napkins from Kirsten Gentry at Kojo Designs remind me of the best part of late summer: squeezing every last minute out of outdoor fun by throwing a few more evening barbecues while the corn is still available and the sun sets after 7 pm. Labor Day may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean we have to head inside just yet. So grab some fun fabrics or cheap vintage linens and get sewing. Thanks for sharing, Kirsten! — Kate
Read the full how-to after the jump!
If you need a pitch for the usefulness of cloth cocktail napkins, I’m your girl! They’re perfect for everything from dinner parties to backyard barbeques, good for the environment, easy to make and just pretty. So when we decided to throw a retro garden baby shower for our friend Liz, I knew what one of my contributions would be: cocktail napkins made from vintage sheets! — Kirsten Gentry, Kojo Designs
- pre-washed vintage sheets (or vintage sheet scraps) cut into 12.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles
- sewing supplies (pins, thread, pinking shears)
- sewing machine
1. Fold the rectangles in half (with the right sides facing each other) and sew up the two sides. Then cut the two sides with pinking shears.
2. Fold over a cuff on the open edge and press in place. Turn right side in.
3. Top stitch around the perimeter of the square. Add another row of stitching (zigzag this time) about an inch in from the edge.
4. Stack and tie up with baker’s twine — what a pretty present!