A marriage gift for sustenance

Made from remnants of my fabric stash, and vintage finds from my mom's old stash, I made these napkins to be a set, but not to match

Made from remnants of my fabric stash, and vintage finds from my mom's old stash, I made these napkins to be a set, but not necessarily to match.

A friend from college got married this past weekend, and to celebrate the wedding, I decided to make them a gift that I felt resembled their identity as a couple.  They own a Smart Car, he’s a chef specializing in local foods, and she more than anyone else I knew has taken great steps toward environmental sustainability.  I decided to make them fabric napkins both to honor his vocation and their mutual commitment to a “green life.” When I was finished, I had a hard time giving away the gift that resulted!

Like the napkins, this potholder and all the fabrics used in this project were re-used.

Like the napkins, this potholder and all the fabrics used in this project were recycled.

I used the third component of the package, a picnic placemat, to wrap the gift, eradicating the need for wrapping paper that would eventually be discarded.  The picnic placemat includes a pocket for utensils and a ribbon sewn on the side to package one's lunch, sandwich, or fruit.

I used the third component of the package, a picnic placemat, to wrap the gift, eradicating the need for wrapping paper which would have eventually been discarded. The picnic placemat includes a pocket for utensils and a ribbon sewn on the side to package one's lunch, sandwich, or fruit.

The napkin rings were a fun find at a vintage store.  They're Danish Teak.

The napkin rings were a fun find at a vintage store. They're Danish Teak.

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2 Comments on “A marriage gift for sustenance”

  1. miriam says:

    Hi Alison!

    Just discovered yr blog via twitter feed. Love it! Plus these napkins and your quilt make me miss my sewing machine.

    Cheers,
    miriam

  2. Maren says:

    Al! Oh my goodness, these are beautiful!


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