All this is a very long lead up to say that last week we ran out of paper napkins. Luckily I had a thrifted tablecloth lying around and I quickly began repurposing it. It coincided with my first attempt at embroidery. I got the Stitch It kit last year, and now I'm sad I didn't try it out earlier. She walks you through the stitches and it's very easy to pick up.
These aren't a pattern, though. I just took a pencil and lightly wrote on these, and then embroidered over my lines.
I tried a couple of colors. I think I'd like a rainbow effect for the table.
Ever so much more refined than paper napkins.
I have to confess something though...I don't think I'll be making napkins again. This is a very, very thrifty project ($2 tablecloth + $2 worth of thread = 16 reusable napkins) but it takes a LOT of time. We're talking hours of pressing and hemming, at least for me, for a product that looks slightly less professional than what you would get at Cost Plus. Next time I think I'll find a bulk set of napkins and just do the embroidery, which is the fun part.
Did you hear that? I just encouraged you to buy something instead of make it. See, I'm not completely insane.