One of my crafts that is on my “To Do” list is to up cycle old men’s shirts into cloth napkins. I figured that, hey, I could use my old work shirts! They are just like old men’s shirts. Boy was I wrong.( Did you ever notice how Pinterest makes everything look SO easy and effortless?)
So, I did my first step of creating a template of a cardboard 12×12 square. This sucker if part of a thick UPS Express box so I even made a little 5×5 box from the excess. (Cocktail napkins!)
I removed my buttons, neckline and arm pieces. We won’t need those.
Then I laid out my fabric and begin cutting with my 12×12 square. Then the frustration started. the cardboard was not helping in keeping a straight line despite its thickness and I ended up weaving a bit and cutting the cardboard. UG! On top of that, because my work shirt were for women, and slightly larger women (because I’m a big girl) they had darts in both the backs and in the fronts that eventually took up most of the fabric real estate for my 12×12 squares. Which means the edging from the darts would be seen on the underside of my little napkins. Oh poo! 🙁
Eventually I finished cutting up two shirts and decided on going ahead and try to sew up the seams.
Now the first thing that concerned me is that this fabric seemed very thin. I had tried this one before with my hubby’s shirts and it did not go well then. I don’t have a Serger so I just tried to use the old zigzag stitch. Didn’t look pretty at all. So this time, I’m using the slanted stitch (?). It’s on my husband’s Singer that he had back in his bachelor days so I’m not too familiar with it, but it was the closest thing to what looks like a blanket stitch.
I decided to first try my luck on my 5×5 squares that I made with this new stitch and although they looked “cute” I can honestly say, they just didn’t look like cloth napkin material. (I’m a craft snob, I know.lol) So I decided to see if the edging looked any better by using it on the larger 12×12 squares.
Still looked crappy. These look more like dust rags or oil rags, not nice casual napkins to use to wipe food from your face. Even IF it was only going to be my most immediate family.
I did not try ironing the edges and making them posh looking in that aspect. I was so frustrated with the fabric and the project, that I just threw it away. I will be looking at doing this project again. Perhaps with different fabric or I will try with ironing the edges. I will see. For now, I’m throwing it on the calendar for later.