Monday, March 26, 2012

It's a Kona Colorworks Picnic Set Tutorial!

Out here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are looking forward to some springtime weather! And what could make you feel more like spring than the combination of our Kona Colorworks fabrics and the thought of a picnic?

We put our thinking caps on and came up with a great little picnic set for you out of these fabrics. And the best part is that it's all reversible, because it's all made from the Colorworks fabrics that have no right or wrong side. Brilliant!

Our set includes a 40" square tablecloth, two 20" square napkins, and a 36" square furoshiki, which has absolutely TONS of uses, and which we used on our picnic to tote two wine bottles.

This was a fun and easy project to make. We hope you enjoy making it too!


For the tablecloth and two napkins you need 2 yards each of two different fabrics. We used 2 yards of the small pink gingham and 2 yards of the pink and green plaid.

For the furoshiki you will need 1 yard of a single fabric. We used the larger green gingham.

Seam allowance is 1/2" unless otherwise noted.

For the tablecloth and napkins, one fabric will be fabric A and the other fabric B.

From Fabric A cut: one 40" square (center of the tablecloth) and four 6"-wide strips the width of the fabric (for binding the napkins). Trim the selvage edges off the strips.

From Fabric B cut: two 20" squares (for centers of napkins) and four 12"-wide strips the width of the fabric (for binding the tablecloth). Trim the selvage edges off the strips.

For the furoshiki, cut a 36" square from the third fabric. To save yourself time in sewing, you may keep one selvage edge.

Instructions for Tablecloth and Napkins
1. Sew together all four binding strips from Fabric B by aligning the short edges. You will end up with one big long strip. Sew together two of the binding strips from Fabric A, and then sew together the other two binding strips from fabric A. DO NOT sew all 4 of the fabric A strips into one piece! Press all the seams open.

2. Press the strips in half lengthwise, then open them out and fold the raw edges in to the center fold and press again.

3. To bind the first napkin, start with the end of one binding strip at the center of one side of the napkin and pin in place. Be sure the binding wraps all the way over the napkin.

4. When you get to the corner, fold the binding up so that the center fold continues along the next side of the napkin. You will need to fold the extra bit of binding into the corner. See the photos below. Repeat at each of the four corners.

5. When you get back around to where you started, lay the end of the binding over the beginning and measure a 1" overlap.

Cut off the extra binding, then sew the two short ends together and press the seam open. Then repress the double folds of the binding and finish pinning to the napkin. It should now fix exactly around the napkin.

6. Stitch around the binding approximately 1/4" from the inside fold to secure it to the napkin. Be careful that all of the layers are lying flat, especially at the corners. You may also want to turn and stitch the corners down as you reach them. We sewed up to the corner and then back down again and continued around the napkin to the next corner.

Repeat these instructions to complete the second napkin and the tablecloth.

Instructions for Furoshiki
This is SUPER easy!

We did not want to add extra bulk to the edges of our furoshiki, because it might make it harder to tie for some uses. So we did a little testing and came up with this super easy finishing method.

If you cut your furoshiki like we did, you have one selvage edge and three edges that need to be finished.

Set your machine for a very tiny straight stitch -- we used 1mm. Then sew 1/8" from the edge all the way around the three unfinished sides, pivoting at the corners and backstitching at the beginning and end.

Then, either machine wash to fray the edges up to the stitching, or fray the edges up to the stitching by hand. This way the finished edges will match the selvage edge, which is slightly frayed. The photo above shows a stitched & frayed edge along the top and the selvage edge along the right side. Pin It

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