We use cloth napkins in our house (and cloth diapers too!). We have a small collection of handmade napkins and a few that were gifts.
(Here is where I refused to show a photo of our slightly stained napkins!)
While setting the table for Thanksgiving I noticed that I didn't have any fall/harvest themed napkins. I wanted to make some napkins we could double as everyday napkins. So... off I trotted to Target and picked up some plain green napkins. I decided to embellish them with some simple hand embroidery.
It's a perfect TV sewing project. I like to embroider while watching Glee, The Office, or Parenthood!
I drew the design and transferred it with some carbon paper. I used a running stitch so each napkin takes only about 15 minutes to sew.
I used a variety of pretty colored embroidery flosses...
and finished my napkins just in time for Thanksgiving. Our silverware is nicely tucked inside each napkin.
Because they're a bright grass green color - I think they will grace our table for Christmas and Easter too!
This would make a great holiday gift - it's always nice to have a few extra napkins around!