Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Plcemats and Napkins for Dining Alfresco

When we eat outside on the patio, I like to use placemats. To make it easy and "festive", I took a variety of scraps of fabric and made placemats:
I sewed a strip of ribbon onto each placemat to hold the napkin and silverware:
Each ribbon is stitched on the left side:
I made a bunch of napkins from gingham scraps, "pinking" the edges:
Silverware can be wrapped inside the napkin, then tied onto the placemat:
There is absolutely NO coordinating going on here - anything goes!
I rolled them all up, napkins and silverware inside:
I placed them in a polka dot box:
And they are ready to be used:
They can be easily washed and reused all summer:

14 comments:

  1. Patti, this is a fabulous idea. I need to tuck this away for future use once I have "dug" out a path to my sewing machine. :)
    Tammy

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  2. Cute, cute, cute! Thats a great idea for outside dining. I love all the color.
    Jane

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  3. It makes for a festive table setting. What's on the menu?

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  4. Love the idea & the little ribbon is so cute to tie the silverware! Thanx for sharing, Tiffany

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  5. What fun you can have with all the colors. Love the placemats. Joni

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  6. Oh i just love this idea! how great for a party too. Your artistic talents are a beautiful gift. many blessings, marlis

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  7. Amazing talent...wonderful designs. Thank you for sharing your creations with us. Cherry Kay

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  8. Patti hello! Thx for entering my giveaway. i did paint it! This is one of my favorite items I ever did. All handpainted, inspired by a French villa on the sea....ahhh, dreamy! Go to Mollysusanstrong.com and there is a picture there. Thanks again new friend!

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  9. What a cute idea!
    I want an invite!!

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  10. This is a great idea to add the ribbon to tie on the flatware. Super!

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  11. What a great idea and I love all the bright pretty colors.
    You are such a creative soul...:))
    xo bj

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  12. Enjoy your colorful outdoor dining! A very cute idea to add the ribbon for flatware!

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  13. LOVE these...they are so cheerful!
    Rene

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  14. Such a great idea and love the cute colorful fabrics!

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