My mom’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago. It is emberrasing to say, but remember me making everyone’s gifts for Christmas? Well, my mom’s is still not finished. It is going to be a blanket, but has proved to be a much more time consuming project than I originally thought. So, for her birthday, I wanted to make my mom something special that she could actually have right away, and not have to wait months to have it delivered.
You might recognize this fabric as the plaid linen I used to make my skirt. I thought the fabric would make a beautiful set of bread linens. Bread linens can be used for rising bread, and for storing fresh baked bread. Cloth can also help keep bread fresh just a little bit longer.
I also made two smaller cloths, about washcloth size. I’m not exactly sure what they can be used for…I guess I originally had washcloths in mind, but they may work better as cloth napkins. Below I have instructions for these, as well as the pattern for the monogram, if your name happens to start with a “D”, hehe.
Today would be a perfect day to craft these and make the switch to cloth napkins for Earth Day! There is much less waste created, and they can be thrown in with any old load of laundry you might have going.
The sad end to this story is that despite my good intentions, I still didn’t get these done for my mom before I left. I did finish it on the plane though, and they should be on their way to my mom’s house tonight!
You will need:
- 100% linen fabric, cut into 15″x25″ pieces for bread linen, or into 10″x10″ pieces for napkins
- matching thread
- contrasting embroidery thread
- this “D” cross stitch pattern, or find one from here that you like
Sew a zig-zag stitch along the edges of the fabric at 1/4″. Fray the edges by pulling individual strands of the fabric, until you reach the zig-zag edge.
Cut a piece of embroidery. You will see that the strand has six or so threads that make up the whole. Divide the piece of embroidery so that you are only working with three strands. Cross stitch your initial onto the lower right corner of the fabric.