Earlier this week, I had a royal blue linen Japanese apron that I needed to make to complete an order. Whenever I have just one piece to sew, I always think of other projects that can be made with the same color thread – in this case royal blue. It probably sounds silly, but sewing multiple projects at once improves the efficiency of my shop, or at least it makes me feel like it does. Royal blue is kind of a tough color to match, but amazingly I found three new projects out of my stash that had this color.
I have a huge stash of fabric remnants, most are less than 3/4 yard. I save most of these remnants, though, because I love all the fabrics I buy (plus they are expensive!), and I always hope that I will find great uses for them. After I finished with this session of sewing, I was SO glad I didn’t give into the neat freak in me that often wants to clean out my remnant stash!
I was able to make two sets of nautical/fish themed mix and match dinner napkins with four great fabrics that I believe are all out of print. I used the Mod Fish fabric initially paired with the Lagoon Lava Lamp and then with the Timeless Treasures Scuba City for placemats, runners, napkins, and potholders almost since I opened my shop five years ago. I was really disappointed when these fabrics were discontinued because they were so popular. Usually I don’t offer mix and match sets for my dinner napkins, but these are so fun and perfect for summer.
I also made a set of my smaller cocktail sized napkins using the Mod Fish and Anchor fabrics. I also used Michael Miller’s Sea Turtles batik, and I finished off the set with another fabric with rows of colorful fish on a dark blue background. I had been saving this tiny remnant (less than 1/4 yard) of Hoodies Bistro Menu fabric for almost four years (!) until I found the right use for it. I am glad that I did 🙂
The last thing I made during this royal blue thread sewing session was a Market Tote out of the Sea Turtle batik and the royal blue linen. I LOVE these two fabrics together, and not just for the color combination. The natural texture of the linen compliments the earthy quality of the batik. I just love it.