So I just had lunch with one of these napkins on my lap and realized I never posted about them here. Boo! They are almost too simple to write about really, but I'm going to anyway.
The napkins are made of two fat quarters - one solid, one print. I sew them right sides together, pull them right sides out, press, and topstitch the edges with a decorative stitch. Easy peasy.
The real story is in the napkin rings. They are made by our kids with pipe cleaners and beads. Each member of the family has a ring with their name spelled out in beads. We store the napkins in a basket with the rings, and in the morning each person gets their napkin and ring for the day. One napkin per day is the rule, and after breakfast the ring goes on the napkin so we know who gets which napkin later for lunch or dinner. Clever, right? That's what I told my eight year old when she came up with the system! On the day the system works I have four kids with cloth napkins on their laps for meals. Big Smile...
Cotton prints are a whole fat quarter set of Anna Maria Horner's Pretty Potent fabric line, and solids are Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Jade and Empire Yellow. Thread is Aurifil in medium turquoise.