We finished them. All 18!
Here are the ones that were clean.
(I prewashed my batting and my fabric before cutting into it.)
Mats – 12 x 16 inches
Fabric – 2 of each print cut to 12.5 x 18
Batting – 1 cut for each mat – 12 x 16
To make these we simply sewed up the long ends with 1/4 inch seams, turned right side out, slipped in batting until it was centered and smoothed out, tucked in ends, pressed, and topstitched around at 1/8 inch and 3/8 inches from edge.
These have two different prints. One for each side. The ones that Thisbe had ironed have a bit of each print on both sides. For hers we also topstitched in the ditch of where the two prints met on each side.
Napkins – 18 x 18 inches
Cut fabric 20 x 20 inches.
For these we followed this tutorial. We ended up dropping a few of the markings, measuring/marking one inch from the edge and then trimming the corner triangle at the one inch markings.
These have been so much fun to have in our kitchen. I made a few simple napkin rings with elastic and covered buttons for the kids. They just slip their napkin into their own ring when they are finished and it is available for them throughout the day.
We wash them as needed. For some kids one napkin and mat will last all week for others we need to get a new one for almost every meal. I simply wash them with our darks. If they have food in/on them I rinse them before putting them in the hamper. Before they go into the dryer I give the mats a good hard shake to straighten them out and for the napkins I quickly smooth out all the seams so that they don’t roll in the dryer. This is all they have needed. I have not needed to iron a single one.
I really loved the one on one time with Thisbe. She lost interest in the project after the first day of sewing and so it took her a while to get motivated to want to work on them over the next few months. I really got to learn a lot about how to help a frustrated student work through the early stages of learning a new skill. Each little step of this project had a learning curve. But I am glad to say that even though each little step started out tense by the time we had worked through all 18 it was all smiles.
After all the hours of hard work that went into these mats and napkins, she is glad to know that she is welcome to take them with her when she’s ready to leave our nest. Such a sad thought that that could be in as little as 6 years. Sigh…