In the aftermath of my first online workshop, I cleaned my studio this weekend. In doing so I came across a bag full of acorn caps, felt balls and an assortment of lovely autumn-colored felted sweater scraps. We’re staying home for Thanksgiving this year and I thought it would be nice to make up a few napkins and napkin rings for the occasion. (Hmm, so much for cleaning the studio, eh?)

For the napkins I cut 18″x18″ pieces of print cotton. (I don’t remember buying this fabric or where it came from!) Then I used my special hemmer foot that makes a double turned hem. Weeee! The corners are a bit fidgety but otherwise they came together quickly. Wish I had had orange thread on hand. That would’ve been ideal.

For the napkin *ring*, I used a part of a sleeve cuff from a felted wool sweater. I sewed it into a loop (about 4″ in circumference). Then I cut a few oak leaf shapes freehand out of my felted scraps and sewed them to the cuff. The acorns are my old stand-by made with pre-made felt balls glued into found acorn caps. These can be stitched or glued to the leaves.

If you’d like to make your own acorns, you can follow my acorn tutorial. You can either buy feltballs or try making feltballs yourself! If you’d rather just buy some pre-made acorns, visit Lil Fish Studios for some beauties!

The holidays are coming up fast, aren’t they? The second session of Felt and Stitch Holiday, my online workshop begins today, yippee! I’ve a few holiday shows, both my kids birthdays next month, family visiting, etc.
Hold on tight, it’s going to be a fast, busy ride!