Stay Home Litter and Waste – Week 4
Monday Activity – DIY Napkins
Age Group: Secondary
Do you have any nice scraps of fabric lying around with the best of intensions to up-cycle them into new products? Maybe you have a nice quality cotton shirt with a big tear or a stubborn stain thats just longing to be repurposed. Now is no-better time than to get crafty and up-cycle that cloth into napkins and teacloths. I have used a set of old linen sheets and scraps from an Oxford cotton shirt, both which were really nice quality but sadly unfixable. Maybe you have access to a sewing machine, but if not, don’t worry its a small project that can be hand sewed. You can sew them up any which way you like but I’ve decided to create them 2-ply (double faced) with frayed edging. To get started you will need a sharp cutting scissors, a needle and thread, and the fabric of course!
Cut out your desired pattern for your napkin or tea towel. I have made a simple rectangle. Work on the straight of grain where possible (don’t cut the fabric at a skewed angle). Place the two same sized layers together as in the image on the left. If you decide to fray the edges be sure to sew one or two edge rows using a short stitch. An edge row is where you intend the fraying to stop, this would be good at around 1.5cm in from the cut edge before you start to pick out the threads. See the stitching on the left side in the below picture. This will prevent the frayed edges unravelling beyond the desired finish. To fray the edges pick out the warp yarns (the ones going vertical) one by one along the cut edges and ruffle up the weft yarns (the now loose horizontal yarns ). You can trim the finished piece with a hanger loop and Voilá! Fancy new teatowels!