Monday, August 22, 2011

Sewing: Calico Napkins and Pom-Pom Napkin Rings (Tutorial)


Though I haven't yet shared all the details of Audrey's birthday party, I am on to Tess's! It's just how it's working out this year. I will catch up on Audrey's (but I've had some file mishaps slowing me down, as in I lost the file...) and then it's going to be party-party-party for the next few months, and that can't be all bad. It's hard to find something more fun than planning and throwing a birthday party!


So here's a little peek at the progress for Tess's first birthday party. I'm using a collection of vintage-looking fabrics for napkins, which I made by cutting 18" squares and sewing with a tight mitered corner hem.  It was so much fun to pick these fabrics, all of which coordinate with the gorgeous Liberty of London "Tana Lawn Nancy Ann" print shown in the first and last photos in this post (such a great story! Audrey received a Papo d'Anjo dress made of this fabric when she was a baby and I just found the same print here to order!). The other fabrics are Michael Miller "Honey Bee Honey Swirl Honey," Feedsack VI "Tulips Blue," and Antique Treasures "Tulips Red."


I decided I wanted pom-pom napkin rings. So youthful, so little girl. So I made some and will share how. Super easy project.


Click to read the quick tutorial. More party things on the way!



Your supplies include a bunch of pom-poms (I found this bag of 100 1/2" white pom-poms at Joann), stretchy cord (which I also found at Joann in the jewelry making section), and a sewing needle. Buy the smallest gauge cord you can and find a sewing needle with a larger eye so you can thread it. It's a bit of a balance between a needle large enough for threading the cord and small enough for going easily through the pom-poms. I used 12 pom-poms and about 8" of stretchy cord per napkin ring. If you are using heavier weight "restaurant" napkins you may want to use a few more pom-poms on your ring depending on the look you want. The stretchy cord means these will fit all sorts but the pom-poms may have more or less space between them.


The most difficult thing about this quick project is threading the cord through the needle. So you'll want to only do it once. If you are making a bunch of napkin rings, thread all the pom-poms first, before cutting the cord and then you can avoid re-threading. There's no hole in the middle of the pom-poms but you can just poke the needle through and push them dow. I found keeping a shorter tail on my stretchy cord made this easier--less cord to pull against.


After you've threaded your pom-poms, separate a string of twelve and give yourself about 8" of stretchy cord to work with. You'll want enough length to easily tie knots.


I played around with the spacing of the pom-poms before tying a knot in the ends. Trying wrapping them around your napkin to see how they look. 


When you knot, use something that won't slip out. I found this a bit tricky with the stretchy cord. The package actually recommended a couple different good knots, such as the sailor's knot. I tied with the right tail over the top first and then the left tail over the top and repeated again. It seems to be holding.


Stretch and slip over your napkins! Pom-pom napkin rings. Pretty cute!

17 comments:

Two Shades of Pink said...

These are just beyond sweet! Love them and your adorable tutorial!

Sharon said...

very cute idea!

elizabeth said...

Love the pom pom napkin rings. I just bought a whole box of vintage pom poms (they are MUCH bigger than today's variety)at a garage sale this weekend and this idea is DARLING. Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

So cute! I've been meaning to whip up some cloth napkins recently, this may have given me the push I needed!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

there is something just so simple and precious about this. Love it

Traci said...

What is that red/pink floral print? I just love it!!

dana said...

darling napkin ring holders!

Seaweed and Raine said...

I HAVE to come back and read more when the boys are in bed, but before I go I just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the versitile blog award. I hope you accept :)
http://seaweedandraine.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-award.html
S&R xo

D.D. said...

LOVE IT!!! Those are so cute! You have a great site!

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(Florida) Girl said...

You are such a talent. I have such a hard time keeping up with all my fav blogs but I could seriously get lost in yours more often.

The mum of all trades said...

I love these. The fabric is really pretty and Im always partial to pom poms on anything!

Stacy said...

The whole thing is so retro chic! Great job. I'm glad you mentioned stringing all the pompoms together - I'm sure it would be quite a headache otherwise! Rock on!

nest full of eggs said...

these are adorable !!

amy & lisa said...

Saving this amazing idea for the future! :)

Valentina@baby quilts said...

Lovely idea, I think even young girls can help with the pom poms rings. Also, I might experiment making pom pom garlands for the Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing!

Mayve said...

Such a cute idea! Just a thought, but in jewelry-making, when you use stretchy cord, they say to apply a little clear nail polish on the knot to help seal it. Could do that on this as well, for added security, especially since it's something small children will be using. :)

Anneliese said...

@Mayve: I love the suggestion! Thanks so much. I had a feeling there were some jewelry making tips I was unaware of!

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