Taking a little walk down memory lane… (my memory lane)
I remember when I was little and we lived in Wisconsin. The fabric napkins where kept in the wash stand that sat in our dining room in our house in Chippewa Falls, WI. My mom still has those napkins. In fact when, we were going through linens in the summer of 2010 we came across them in the depths of one of the cupboards in their family room in their house in Minnesota. For the past five years my mom and I have been methodically going through things and sorting out what I want, what my brother might want and what my mom still wants to keep and use. I know I didn’t get those particular napkins that I remember from childhood, I think they might have stayed at my mom’s house or went to the cabin in Wisconsin.
We always used cloth napkins growing up. I have geographical memories – the ones from the house in Chippewa Falls and the ones from the house in Minnetonka, MN. I remember where the napkins where kept in both places and I remember getting them out to set the table each night for dinner. Fast forward to when I lived in Palm Springs, CA. I now have the washstand (originally it was my Gram’s) and that is where my napkins where kept. Here in Texas…still have Gram’s wash stand…still have linens in it too.
I have accumulated a lot more fabric napkins over the years. I have made napkins to keep for myself and to give as gifts over the years, especially since they are easy to make. They make a nice house warming gift. They are a nice gift to bring when you are invited to someone’s house for dinner or send as a thank you after you were invited to dinner.
This time I am making them for a Christmas present for my brother. He is recently on his own and I thought some fun Christmas themed napkins would put a smile on his face and his kids would get a kick out if it too. For the past 8 years I have made pillow cases for his kids for many of their gifts. They each have a pillowcase (or 2 or 3) for each holiday and other miscellaneous pillowcases for anytime use (flowers, snowflakes, autumn looking, etc). They will get one again this year so they can start a new stash at their dad’s house. The funny part is, they will recognize each fabric I use for the napkins because they have pillowcases that match!
I laughed (sort of) as I pulled out my fabrics. I always tend to buy more then I need when I like the fabric, and this is one of those times I am glad that I did. I would always buy the seasonal or holiday-themed fabric when they went on deep discount or clearance after the holiday. That way I didn’t spend a ton of money on them to begin with. I didn’t have to buy anything for this project. I seem to have my own private fabric “store” right here in the closet.
Head over to Not Dabbling in Normal to see how I made my mitered fabric napkins. They turned out great. Now, I just need to get them in the mail!
ho ho ho