Creating handmade projects is a great way to add unique touches to your home. Today we are excited to share a guest tutorial from Paula Cheney! She shares a lovely fall napkin project that takes a simple cloth napkin into a centerpiece fall table settings.
- Ranger Sticky-Back Canvas – Natural
- Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Ripe Persimmon, Iced Spruce and Squeezed Lemonade
- Ranger Mini Mister filled with water
- Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
- Ranger Heat it Craft Tool
- Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix Tattered Leaves Die
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon, Trinket Pins, Seasonal Muse Token, and Paper String
- Other: Sewing Machine, Thread, Dish Towels
Here is a seasonal project using Tim Holtz Distress Stains and the Sizzix Tattered Leaves die. I picked Ripe Persimmon, Iced Spruce and Squeezed Lemonade.
Before I get to the stains, I cut a few pieces of Sticky Back canvas in natural, the size of the leaf I wanted to die cut (about 2 x 4″).
I squeezed a bit of each color onto the craft sheet.
Then spritzed the surface with water from a mini mister.
Then just started swiping the Sticky Back Canvas through the stains. Gosh, I love the bright colors and the Iced Spruce is perfect to keep the brights from overwhelming.
Continue adding color until you are happy with the coverage.
Use a Heat It Craft Tool to dry the stain.
Color all of the pieces of Sticky Back Canvas.
Once dry I cut the same leaf pattern in each. Love how random the colors are and the texture of the Sticky Back Canvas is great.
Now what to do with them?
I picked up three of these dishtowel sets at Target to use as napkins on Thanksgiving. I believe it was $3.99 for four, two of each pattern. The towels are not large, just 14 x 14″ so good for a napkin.
I peeled the backing off of the leaf and stuck it to the dishtowel. I stitched the leaf starting at the top of the stem and sewing to the bottom, then put it in reverse to get back to the top. From there I stitched each part of the leaf, back and forth until I had worked my way to the bottom again.
This is how it looks stitched to the towel. I purposefully picked a thread that was a different color than the leaf so the stitching would stick out like the veins in the leaf.
Remember, Distress Stains are reactive to water so the most important step is to heat set the leaf. I used a dry iron (no steam) and heat set it for 45 seconds or so…then I probably did it again for good measure. I tested this napkin under running water and rubbed it quite a bit. No color washed out, not even the thread was discolored.
I tied the top of the napkin together with Crinkle ribbon dyed with Frayed burlap stain and a Trinket Pin.
Then I thought, what if you have napkins already or you don’t want something so permanent?
Here is how you can do it…
Adhere the leaf to a piece of muslin and stitch the leaf down.
Cut out the leaf. No need to be perfect…a little of the muslin showing is good. Just use your fingernail to fray it a bit.
Use your paper piercer to make a small hole a the the base of the stem.
View of the back side.
This time, tie the leaf to a napkin with paper string. I also added a Seasonal muse token.
And one more idea for the leaves…a fall card. A great time of year to tell someone how much they mean to you.
I used the mini baroque die to cut a piece of old book paper (inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink). I glued it to a District Market Notecard from the Merriment set. I tied the stem of the leaf with a bit of leftover Crinkle ribbon. Then glued the leaf to the card with a bit of glossy accents. Finally, I added the word “simplify” from the chitchat sticker book. I love how that turned out!
NOTE: if you wanted to skip the stitching part of this one, just adhere the Sticky Back Canvas leaf directly to the book paper.
Well, I love how the leaves turned out and I love the Distress Stain Colors. Glad that I mixed a dull iced spruce with two very brights like Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon. Can’t wait to experiment more.
Cheers for a good productive week…