Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sewing: Rickrack Napkins and Placemats (Tutorial at Kirtsy)



I have been belated in posting about Audrey's birthday party this year. I shared her "Come to the Zoo" birthday invitations, and her Vintage Zoo Dress, but I've been holding back on some of the other details because of some fun things in the works.

Well today I am able to share the Rickrack Napkins and Placemats I made for the party. The tutorial for these is part of a new collection called "10 Simple (and Special) Sunday Afternoon Crafts from 10 of Our Favorite Design Bloggers," curated by BlogStar for Kirtsy (have you seen their fabulous new site?!). I am more than thrilled to be one of their "10 Favorite Design Bloggers." "Really?!!?" Wait until you see the beautiful and simple crafts that are part of this collection. It's amazing what creative minds can do in an afternoon. And such variety!


The collection of ten tutorials is free. Plus, Giggle is sponsoring it with a deal for $10 off your purchase when you sign up for their Giggle Daily Deals exclusive sales (I love flash sale sites, don't you?).

So about the placemats and napkins!

Rick rack, or “ric rac,” if you prefer, is so simple: up-down-up-down-up-down. Yet whatever it adorns is suddenly transformed with a vintage pop and lightheartedness. I think it’s the perfect way to add a smile of color to otherwise plain placemats and napkins whether you are going for modern and bold or sweet and old-fashioned. I was hoping for a little sweet and nostalgic for Audrey's birthday. Just a touch of rose, but not too much because, as I know you've heard before, Audrey is not a pink girl. So I used grey rick rack too--so pretty and modern. These are the same fabrics I used in her dress--love them!

And, not only does the addition of rick rack make a big impact, it makes one without too much effort. What could be better? If you can find a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon you can have a whole set of new placemats and napkins just in time for dinner.



Check out the tutorial collection: "10 Simple (and Special) Sunday Afternoon Crafts from 10 of Our Favorite Design Bloggers," and then stay tuned for more about Audrey's Zoo party.

12 comments:

casserole said...

These are so cute!! I'm loving the retro vibe from the fabric and the ric rac! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-ric-rac-trimmed-fabric-napkins-and-placemats/2011/07/28/
(link will go live tonight)

--Anne

Jennifer said...

LOVE both the napkins and the placemats! Great color/pattern choices (as always) and the metal plates are fab as well.

Anonymous said...

I love this project! And the dress you made out of the same fabrics is just darling. Can you please share with me the name of the red & coral dot fabric you used?
Melissa

Anneliese said...

@Anonymous: The polka dot fabric is DS Quilts Collection for Fabric Traditions, which I believe is a Joann exclusive.

AmberLee said...

Anneliese, wow. you really know how to put a table together. these napkins are to die for. they're so sweet. i've already started browsing but I'm off to see more!

Lizbeth Brown said...

When I saw that circus print I loved it so much I found some and bought it. Thanks!

Valentina@baby quilts said...

Love the idea of using the same fabrics for the dress and for the table decor - creates a perfect party theme. On the other hand, all the pieces have enough personality to be used separately.

Amy@Sassy Scarlett said...

I love everything about them!! I definitely want to make some one of these days.

Stephanie said...

I just found your site and became a new follower! I am so excited to see so many patterns and tutorials and ideas! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

Sweet Tea said...

These placemats are the cutest things ever! You are so talented!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and tutorials!

Ana - Barcelona (EspaƱa) said...

I love this project, easy and SO cute. I hope that you don't mind that I linked you in my blog.
http://licenciaparacoser.blogspot.com

Thanks for sharing.

Adrienne said...

I love retro stuff, and Rick-rack, and polka-dots too!!! =)

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