I made these little place mats and napkins back in July when Lila and I were having daily (and often twice daily) tea on the front porch, complete with hilarious grownup-ish conversation. It’s another one of those projects that’s been on my list forever, but I’m glad I held out for Briar Rose, because I think those little pink strawberries were just what our tea parties were waiting for.
The place mats are reversible, with Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax on the back, along with a little gingham/strawberry patch. And strawberry-gingham-rickrack napkins to match.
It was all super easy to make – I fused fleece to one side the place mats to give them a more substantial feel, but otherwise we’re just talking about sewing two rectangles together and top stitching the whole thing closed. And I looked at this tutorial from Film in the Fridge for the napkins.
In case anyone’s interested in the dimensions (I played around a bit to get them just the size I wanted), the napkins are 6 inch squares, and the place mats are 7.75 x 10 inches. Just right for the kiddie table.
My favorite part is how they tuck inside the little tea set suitcase, with built-in elastic bands (meant for the tray) to hold them in place. Yep, elastic bands…these are the things that make me happy…