One the things I do to challenge myself daily is to use less disposable items and more reusable ones. I like to play a game, taking one disposable item and then finding a reusable, more earth sustainable one.
In this case, napkins! I actually had been using old kitchen towels for napkins but they were well, old, and kind of icky looking no matter how clean they were. A nice new option was in order.
I wish I could say these simple napkins were easy. They just about drove my out of my mind. I'm thrilled to be done with them, but they don't make me happy yet when I see them. It was too traumatizing. :) Hopefully with time.
It all started when I saw this gorgeous pattern on the purl bee. Yes please!
The rickrack size wasn't stated, and being a cheapskate I needed to find a less expensive option. So, I guessed and picked mini. I guessed wrong (but wouldn't figure this out til later).
The mini rick rack on the tiny edge drove me nuts.
I threw the whole project in a drawer. Then, I found this uber cute tutorial to make essentially the same thing, but had a super smart way to sew on the rick rack. Yea!
The rick rack was too small. It was a living nightmare to sew it to the edge. I persevered anyway.
I went to sew the top on and to turn it. The rick rack was too small and didn't hardly show. All that hard work down the drain. :(
I threw the project in a drawer (notice a trend?)
I pulled it out and sewed inside the rick rack, effectively hiding the offensive rickrack and making a plain napkin.
So here you go - gorgeous napkins that I made entirely too complicated and should have been simple but were not. I will make more, just not anytime soon :)
To console myself, I had to make a little yarny purchase. I couldn't resist that gorgeous new shelter yarn from brooklyn tweed. Now this, this will be simple, and make me very happy. :)