Tote bag and napkins for my BFF

Totebag and napkins - finished

I recently did a little non-garment sewing… and for a very good reason: my best friend’s birthday.  : )  I wanted to make her something and I was pretty sure she likes purple (thankfully I was right!), so I whipped up a tote bag and a set of 10 napkins in a variety of purple cotton fabrics.  The photo above was taken by my friend after opening the package of goodies – what a beautiful shot!  I’m pretty pleased with how everything came out, and most importantly, I was so glad to hear that she liked them.  : )

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A delightful collection of fabric napkins

Fabric napkins - cover photo

Fabric napkins, how delightful *and* environmentally friendly!  I made these very sweet additions to my kitchen a few months ago using a pattern from the first issue of By Hand Magazine.  The pattern happened to be written by Virginia, the owner of Gather Here, so of course I was already biased toward making some.  : )  I intentionally chose random prints because I didn’t want to have a matchy-matchy set, and I like the resulting “surprise” each time I reach for a new one.  The napkins get machine washed and dried with my towels, and after a quick press with the iron, they’re good as new.  I haven’t used any paper napkins since!

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