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Friday, April 15, 2011

Four Dinner Napkins...Two Projects

While wandering through my favorite store, Home Goods, I came upon these dinner napkins.  I just loved the color and their linen-like texture, so I bought them knowing I would come up with something to do with them.  They were only $4.99 for the four napkins.
I decided to go to one of my favorite blogs, the Graphics Fairy, to find something to transfer onto my dinner napkins.

I made sure to print out a mirror image of what I picked out.  That way when I ironed it onto the napkin, it would read the right way.

I bought this T-Shirt transfer kit years ago and still had five left.
I cut around the image to limit any excess transfer sheet.
Following the instructions on the transfer sheet, I ironed the image onto the napkin.
For the first project, I sewed two napkins together and created a pillow.  With right sides together, I sewed three sides together.  I then added a pillow insert and glued the last edge.

With two napkins left, I searched through my ribbon stash and found this gorgeous Martha Stewart ribbon that I had bought on clearance at Michaels Craft Store for $1.00.  It coordinated perfectly (seriously, it couldn't have matched any better).
This time I decided I would make a tote bag.  I sewed the bottom of the two napkins together.
I sewed the ribbon up one side and down the other to form the handles.
With right sides together I sewed the two side edges together to form the tote.
So for $6.00, I have a new pillow and tote bag.  I just love how they came out.

My Swing into Spring party is still going on.  Just click here to join in the fun.

Let me know what you think of my new pillow and tote bag.  I always love and appreciate your comments.  Hope you have a great weekend.

-Judy

52 comments:

alison said...

what do you get when you cross a goodwill find with beautiful images from the graphics fairy? obviously, a couple of gems...love the colors of the pillow and bag...so pretty!

alison
stuff and nonsense

Judy C said...

I'm impressed. Yes I do love the color of the napkins. And your projects are the icing on the cake.

Amanda said...

These are wonderful, the colour of the napkins is gorgeous! That ribbon is a perfect match, looks fab against the tote!

Julie said...

Adorable! I'm getting ready to do a project with those transfer sheets & I'm so excited!

Two Shades of Pink said...

AHHHHHH...that bag is AWESOME! Love the color and funny you should post this. I was heading to HG today hunting for some napkins for a Gala dinner where I am hosting a table. I love these! Your projects are truly outstanding!

Cherie said...

Love it! I saw some pretty napkins at World Market yesterday that I though of doing the same thing to.

Pam said...

I love them! I have so much fun making pillows, napkins, etc with The Graphics Fairy's things. Yours look great! And I love the price!

Have a great day!
Pam

At The Picket Fence said...

Um Judy, these are so awesome! I don't sew but I could make these using the no sew pillow tutorial! I am definitely going to try this for my new window seat, thanks for sharing it with us!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow Julie! Those are amazing. Love all your creations!

Jeanne said...

So fab. Love the transfers.Happy Happy!
Thanks for posting!

xo Jeanne
http://beeskneesbungalow.blogspot.com/

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Love it!

Catherine said...

These are beautiful and devine all rolled into one!! I ADORE the colour - what a find for $4.50 - plus I love your two options: both of which I, being very extremely lacking in sew-skill, thought brilliant!

Cath

Suzanne said...

Super cute idea! I've been sewing lately...grr...so I admire you creativity and patience..some are easier than others.

HomeGoods is my fave too!

Dana said...

Beautiful! Love the iron-on!
Dana @ D'Lea Designs

Aaron said...

Visiting from Freckled Laundry...love these! I need to be on the lookout for cute clearance napkins!

-Aaron {the girl with the boy's name}

www.mudpiesandmarigolds.blogspot.com

Colleen said...

I am in awe of these!!! love them. nice job!

Heather said...

AWESOME! These are so pretty, love the colors. :) Heather at 500dollarwedding.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

So creative!! The iron on images really add some character!

Stephanie said...

I was just on Graphic Fairy's site looking for french stuff and saw the same exact one you picked! I love her site. I can not believe you found in your stash the perfect ribbon to match the fabric, they were meant to be. Holding on to things does have it's benefits right? I love the pillow and bag you made, so fresh and fun!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the color, Judy! That ribbon does go really well with the napkins! Your transfers turned out really well, too. My last go with transfers wasn't so happy, but maybe I'll give them another try.

Heather said...

These are beautiful! I'm going to have to start taking a second look at napkins!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I absolutely adore this project! I am hosting a Springtime Craft and Project linky party today and I would love it if you would particpate.

There is a giveaway involved. :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

These are fabulous. I love them. What a great idea. The pillow is perfect and who doesn't need a tote. Very clever. Hugs, marty

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Love those totes. Great idea and I must try making one!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

I love these, as well as Graphic's Fairy! Thanks for sharing the idea and tutorial! I have some t-shirt transfers that I've had for ages. Think I have another project :)
Take care!
~M

Shanna said...

So cute! Love them! I had no idea about the Graphics Fairy. Oh ... danger.

Sue said...

These are just GREAT!

=)

Lori said...

Stopping by from At The Picket Fence. I just love the pillow you made!! I made 2 pillows from napkins I found at Target. They are easy and inexpensive to make. The tote bag is a great idea! Very cute!!

Lori : )
Thrifty Decor Mom

Patricia Torres said...

oh fab!! Super impressive!! The pillow you made is gorgeous.. I love the napkin as well. You've done an amazing job!! :-)

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

They came out great! I love the color of the napkins you used! Great idea!
Susan @ homeroad

white life© said...

It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Finding Fabulous. So I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

Take care
Tine

Poppy said...

Loved both the tote and the pillow, Judy... its funny you did this post cause I had picked up similar napkins in easter colors (stripes and checks) for $4.99 from Home Goods, couple days back..lol..I love that store... thanks for sharing the Graphic Fairy link.. I love making shabby-chic pillows with french motifs using burlap and linen fabric...have a lovely weekend!!!
http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

Judie said...

This is just a wonderful, creative idea! I do so love working with those transfers!

Karen said...

Two amazing projects from one set of napkins...outstanding! and they look fabulous.

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

That's amazing and SO cute!! Have a lovely weekend

Kristy said...

These are so cute! I can't believe you made that out of dinner napkins!

Jenn Erickson said...

Gorgeous! So beautifully done -- the colors, the ribbon trim, the vintage images! Clever and so lovely! So glad I saw your post linked up over at Freckled Laundry!

New follower,
Jenn/Rook No. 17

Sunshine and Lavender said...

I just love the ribbon you used for the tote! So cute...

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Gorgeous Judy! I love the touch of ribbon. I am a bit jealous over your sewing skills, I have to learn soon!

laxsupermom said...

So creative! Love these projects! What a great way to make a tote bag! Thanks for sharing.

Loribeth said...

What a creative use of napkins! I always find like one of these beautiful napkins, and pass them up, because what am I going to do with just one??? Now I know!!

Tracy said...

I am in awe this was an awesome post and so easy and inexpensive to make looks like I will be following you from now on .

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Brilliant! Love the way you used the ribbon to make the tote bag. I also like the crocheted throw in the background.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love this Judy! Absolutely charming and such a fantastic price too!! Thanks for sharing at my party! :)

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

I love how these turned out! I'm featuring you in my Flaunt it Friday features. Thanks for linking up!

Sybilline said...

What a great ideas!

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

beautiful.. such a great idea. love the color

Inga´s Haven said...

how creative - i love it
and the print is so pretty:D

Jenny said...

Seriously. You need to write a book. How to decorate your entire home with linen napkins.

This is an amazing project. It looks like something you'd buy at Pottery Barn or some other pricey store!

Really clever.

I need to come up with a new word, though, because I believe in every single comment I've left you through this journey through the Alphabet I've used it!

And you are.

Clever.

And amazing.

Thanks for being so generous with your great ideas.

A+

Meg said...

Hey! I used the SAME graphic to make a pillow from drop-cloth! I love Graphics Fairy! Your tote is so cute. Blue and brown are my favorite color combo. Thanks for the tutorial!

N.E. Doyle said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your methods. I crave being to make something half as nice as this...

Me said...

Thank you for the pillow tutorial, I featured you on my blog today. I bought my original pillow at Restoration Hardware by the way and I like yours better. Have a look, memyselfandtena@blogspot.com.

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