Good evening! I am here with another little tutorial. A tutorial that is so short and so simple that I am almost embarrassed to show you.
But you asked for it, and I aim to please so here you have it.
Remember these lace napkin rings I showed you last week. They almost fell through the crack when Blogger had its hiccup.
These are real napkin rings as in they are hard and stiff and keep their shape. They are not just a piece of lace tied around the napkin. These will last and can be used over and over.
I want to let you know that it is really easy to make them, and rather cheap too.
All you need is a piece of lace, some patience and something to stiffen them with.
I chose this bit of vintage lace. I measured around a cardboard tube how much fabric I needed per ring and then I simply cut through the lace, aiming for the best spot in the design. And then I hand stitched the seam.
It is hard to make out, I know. But I just winged it with my needle and thread, using stitches and loops and little knots. Just go slow, try to follow the pattern as best as you can and realize that if your thread matches your fabric well enough it will be almost invisible.
Here you can see them sewn into a little tube. They already can stand, more or less, but they are not stiff yet.
For that you have to dunk them in a stiffener and let dry.
I used sugar. Yep, I didn’t have any fabric stiffener, and besides that stuff is expensive and I was aiming for a free project here. I happened to have a kilo of very old sugar that had become moist once and was now hardened. It probably is still eatable but I’d rather not find out, I’ll just craft with it.
To stiffen fabric, lace or doilies with sugar, just dissolve the sugar in hot water, about half a cup of sugar for one cup of water. Heat the water and stir until all the sugar has dissolved and the water is clear again. Turn off the heat and submerge and soak your rings. Fish them out again with a fork.
I had prepared a paper roll with some plastic wrap and just slid the rings over it. You have time now to make any adjustments, just make sure that the pattern is nice and straight and that all the edges are as they are supposed to be.
Let dry, take them carefully off the tube and let dry some more. In the beginning they will be sticky but after a while you can’t even tell anymore that there was sugar involved, so when they have lost their stickiness they are ready to be used.
Have fun making napkin rings!!!
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