Those of you who have been reading thepioneerwoman.com for the last several years might remember that back in 2009, Ree Drummond (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman) was busy, busy remodeling a house on her Oklahoma property that she simply called "The Lodge". She documented every building and decorating step they made along the way. (I love stuff like that!)
In one of the posts that she shared during that time, Ree wrote about a dinner party she hosted at the newly and beautifully finished Lodge. The post, entitled "Mismatched Flatware", is a fun read and features Ree's beautifully warm photography. She encouraged people to have fun with entertaining and not be overly concerned with everything on the table being matchy-matchy.
However, when I read the post, instead of focusing on her mismatched flatware, I couldn't stop staring at her dinner napkins...
Warm, rich autumn colors. Paisley. Florals. A little bit rustic. A little bit elegant. A lot beautiful. They made me think of Thanksgiving, and how I would love to make some of my own.
I started hunting for a "just right" fabric (Less orange, more maroon. WHOOP!) right away, and was happy to find exactly what I wanted at Hobby Lobby at the end of the season on clearance with the other holiday fabrics. I got the last 5 yards of the bolt, folded up the fabric, put it on a shelf, and didn't touch it again until this last week.
From the fabric, I cut 18-inch squares.
*Sorry if the photo above looks backwards...I'm a leftie!
With right sides together and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, I stitched all the way around two squares of fabric, leaving about a 5-inch opening.
Next, I trimmed the four corners and turned the napkin right side out.
After gently pushing the corners out with a knitting needle, I pressed the napkin seams flat with a hot iron, being sure to tuck the open seam allowance under, and then pinned the opening closed. Finally, I ran an edgestitch all the way around the entire napkin, closing up the seam allowance.
I was able to get ten 17 1/2-inch finished square napkins out of my five yards of fabric. I love them, and love that I got them finished this year just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
I really love the design of this napkin. There is no hemming, no mitered corners. The napkins are double-sided, so they look beautiful no matter how they are folded, and they give you the opportunity to play around with different fun fabrics, as I did with a different set of these napkins several years ago. The Pioneer Woman likes to play with mismatched flatware, and apparently I like to play with mismatched dinner napkins.