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Homemade Napkins, Hearts Galore and Favorite Valentine’s thoughts…

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Just a little love  today with some ideas for making your own Valentine’s Day table linens

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perfect for celebrating the day with your special someone
some fun places to visit and lots of “heart-spiration”
to share in this post!

I’ve shared before  on making your own tea towels
but I don’t think I’ve share before about sewing your own
napkins and tablecloths for special occasions. 

Here are some super easy directions for you…

How to Sew a 45″ Square Tablecloth and Napkins

Cutting out your fabric

*Purchase 1.75 yards colorful cute Valentine’s fabric ~
wash, dry and iron out the wrinkles.

*Open the fabric out widthwise and take the top upper selvage corner and fold diagonally across and down so the fabric edge overlaps the opposite selvage creating a very large triangle.
Smooth out any wrinkles as you create this large triangle
of fabric with both selvages together.

*Cut a straight line across under the lower edge of the triangle
across the remaining fabric ~ when opened out this will
make a 45″ x 45″ square of fabric.
{this will use up 1.25 yards of the total length of fabric}


The remaining fabric will be enough to make (10) napkins
measuring 9″ x 9″ square cut before sewing {use the selvages! They will be turned under and sewn so they won’t show}
or buy 2 yards and the fabric can be adjusted to
(6) 13.5″ x 13.5″ napkin squares before sewing.


A table set for a past Valentine’s Day.

Pressing and Sewing

*Fold under all four edges of each napkin once, then twice making “hospital corners” or mitered fabric at each corner.
Try to make very small turns to have as large a napkin once
fully sewn.
A seam roller really helps with this if you have that
attachment for your sewing machine.

*Sew from the topside with decorative stitches, if desired,
catching in all the edges and corners.

*Lace can be sewn and added afterwards to create
a larger napkin too and to change the look.
Go back and restitch by hand or machine as needed.
🙂

*Press once more and starch if you’d like.

Set your tea table and enjoy
your lovely table! 

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A  few years ago  I was able to drive down to see
author and artist Fifi O’Neill on Valentine’s Day and she gave a talk and shared stories about being editor and her new book
at the time.
Later on I wrote about Vignette’s the store Fifi spoke at which is a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles for the soul
located in sunny Ocean Beach, surf-side in
San Diego County, California.

Here is our former home’s front doors decorated
for Valentine’s…

Funny, I don’t know why I never made a second
wreath like the one on the far right but then
on sale after Valentine’s one year
I ended up buying this beautiful wicker one
decorated with reddish-pink berries.
Last year I found this sweet heart inside a great pie shop
called The Texas Pie Company.
I loved their bohemian decor and this heart was awesome!

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Last year too  I set a Valentine’s tea table outside
and had fun decorating and sharing a little Cinderella
story with you all, dear readers.
🙂

Sharing with
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine’s Corner
Tablescape Thursday ~ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Life and Linda
Friday at the Firestation ~ A Fireman’s Wife
Sew It Cook It Craft It ~ Sew Historically
Really Crafty Link Party ~ Keeping It Real 


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Happy decorating!

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