To make a set of two kids napkins with a napkin "pocket" you will need:
A sewing machine
2 cotton or linen fabric scraps measuring 14.5" x 14.5"
2 coordinating fabric scraps (same material as above) measuring 14.5" x 14.5"
2 fabric scraps (can be one of each of above or both from the same fabric) measuring 14.5" x 10"
Okay, it's go time!
Measure out your 14.5" squares. I use a tape measure and a sharpie to mark dots, then connect them with a straight edge. You can layer if you want to save time.
Place contrasting fabrics right sides together and pin.
Cut out your 14.5" x 10" pieces for your napkin pockets, then fold in half lengthwise. (you can skip the next few steps if you do NOT want an applique or embroidery.)
Fold them in half again to see where you want to place your embroidery or applique.
Cut out an applique from your contrasting fabric, place, and pin. (OR use a purchased applique, a tiny doilie, a monogram...) If embroidering, mark out where you want it, get out that hoop and go to town!
Use a blanket stitch, zigzag stitch, or other stitch that encloses edge of fabric and set it as narrow as you think looks best. (I used a 2.5mm blanket stitch)
With fabric folded in half lengthwise, and right sides together, sew each edge forming a tube. Sew the folded edge too so they look the same when turned inside out.
Turn the tube right side out and repeat with other napkin pocket.
Gather up all your pieces and head to the ironing board.
Iron all the edges of the napkins. Pay close attention to the gap where they are not sewn and iron carefully.
Topstitch your napkins. You will need to make a seam that is smaller than 1/4" to be sure to catch the opening left from when we turned the napkin right side out. I do this by lining it up barely on the inside of the presser foot.
Sew slowly on the corners to make it pretty.
Stitch the tops of your napkin pockets closed. Use a decorative stitch if you wish.
Stich the sides of your napkin pockets. Use a tiny seam allowance, again lining it up evenly using your presser foot. Be sure to backstich at the bottom and top. At the top I backstitched a couple of times to give it more durability.
Fold up your napkins the following way to fit inside: In half lengthwise, then accordian folded. Then place them inside the pockets and have a tea party with topless Barbie and Pooh.
For a nice gift, you can place in some matching kids flatwear. Hmm, this would be great for some of LJ's little toddler buddies for my Christmas Challenge! This would make a cute party favor too, especially if you use themed fabric.