I started looking into fabrics to make them (because why would you buy something you can make yourself? haha) and found linen fabric at Hobby Lobby was, wait for it.....$18.99 a yard (mouth gapping open as I looked at the price tag). I couldn't believe it nor could I justify paying that kind of money for napkins. The other day my mom and I were at target and I randomly decided to go through their kitchen section (I rarely go through this section since their stuff is normally a little pricey). As luck would have it I found this:
A 60x84 inch rectangle table cloth on clearence for $5.38 and the best part was the color was perfect. Her kitchen is done in lemons and blueberries so the blue stripes will be perfect on the kitchen table. I used a cloth napkin I already had as a template and cut out 12- 12x12inch napkins (and I think I can use the extra fabric to make a really cute table runner later).
Normally when I do monogramming I use a water soluble quilting pen but because this fabric was so dark I knew that wouldn't work because I wouldn't be able to see the markings. Instead I used a trick my friend Melissa taught me (except she taught me to use it with my embroidery sewing machine). I printed the "B" on computer paper in the size I wanted then traced it onto a napkin. next I baste stitched around the napkin square to hold it in place while I hand embroidered. Here is what it looks like when you have it basted:
I used a satin stitch.
I liked how it turned out but using a satin stitch was going to take me forever and a day, and lets face it I don't have that much time to devote to one project.
So I used a basic embroidery stitch (havn't a clue what it's called, my Mamaw taught it to me years ago) and basically just stitched around the "B".
For whatever reason my mom and I both liked this one better. I think it's kind of different from your typical monogrammed napkins. I can't wait to give them to her!