Fringed napkins

Fringed napkins
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As a kid I loved fringes. My grandmother had a tubular pillow on her sofa with 2 large tassels at each end. I spend hours braiding and combing these tassels. During TV, tea time, whenever we sat on that couch, I had my hands on that thing. So if you need something to occupy your little grandchildren or children – buy something with long fringes or tassels!

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When I stumbled over this instructions to fringed chambray napkins at the Purl Bee, I knew I had to make some. Chambray is a special fabric with the thread used for the weft is different than the warp so you get a fabric with mixed colors so to say. I’m always impressed how strong the original colors of the threads look and how they blend so differently when woven together. Chambray has a very special look which I like a lot.

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The pattern is very simple and adaptable to any size. You sew a square shape along the edges and pull the threads one by one until you reach the sewing line. That’s it!

After making the first napkin I changed some things.

  • sew the lines with a tiny stitch length to make the seam more durable and less easy to pulling. I used 2.5mm first and changed to 1mm
  • before sewing pull the threads on each side until you can pull one until the end. Then mark your sewing line. This way your seam is more paralell and you don’t have so much cutting to do afterwards.

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Anne is an embroidery enthusiast living in rural north eastern Germany.

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