patchwork napkins

Lately, I've been buying a lot of fabric--too much fabric. I blame this on my day job. At a fabric store. So in an effort to keep my scrap bucket from overflowing, I've been looking for quick and easy stash-busting projects. I quickly found that Film in the Fridge's patchwork napkin tutorial fit the bill, and I whipped up four new napkins.

The tops of all four napkins--prints and solids--are pulled entirely from my scrap bucket. The patchwork stripes are a mix of designer, Japanese, vintage, and shirting fabrics. 

The napkin backs are made up of fabrics from my main stash, including fat quarters from Purl Soho and CityCraft that I've been hoarding. 

I loved working with fabrics I had on hand, and definitely felt a sense of accomplishment when I saw that my scrap bucket had emptied out a bit. Know of any other good stash-busting projects? Feel free to share them in the comments!


  1. Oooo, this is a great idea. I just realized last week that my stash is getting a bit out of hand. I was thinking of making a patchwork sewing machine cover? Maybe after that I'll move on to a serger cover. And then... an iron cozy? Everyone needs a patchwork iron cozy, right? ... I have a lot of scraps.

  2. Oh, they're awesome! You know what I like to do sometimes? I'll just sew together scraps of fabric in a way that I find pleasing and just stop when I get bored or it becomes huge, and I stash it with the rest of my fabric. Then I have a piece of patchwork fabric premade to use for whatever I feel like later!

  3. Beautiful work! I think I love your patchworks better than original tutorial post. I am crazy about working with my scraps nowadays. Should make these for picnic!

  4. Such great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing, everyone!


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