Red gingham has mildly festive connotations in our house because we have a red gingham christmas table runner. I've been meaning to make matching napkins for a while but couldn't find any red gingham of a suitable weight for table linen - I finally found some this year in IKEA. I also used three rolls of East of India craft ribbon which dd gave me last christmas.
I've written down the method and here it is, in case anyone else wants to make these vaguely festive napkins.
1 m of fabric, 1.5m wide.
6 m of patterned ribbon. I used 3 x 2m rolls in assorted designs.
(This amount is sufficient to make 6 napkins)
Finished dimension of napkins: approx. 40 cms square
6 pieces each 42 cm square from the main fabric
12 lengths of ribbon each 43 cms approx.
- Line up a length of ribbon on one of the napkin pieces to your satisfaction - mine were placed approx 10 cms from the cut napkin edge. Pin ribbon in place. Using a sewing machine, stitch along one edge of the ribbon in coordinating thread. Pivot and turn at the end, sew along the short edge, then pivot again and sew along the other long edge.