Friday, July 25, 2008

You look thirsty.

Let me get you a drink.

Oh, I'm so sorry, you're glass is sweating! It is horribly hot today. Here, have a cocktail napkin.

What's that? Why yes, I did make them, thank you for noticing!

Oh, it was quite easy. I could show you if you wanted.

Really? Okay then, let's!

For each napkin you will need
  • two 4.5" squares of fabric, either the same print or two complimentary patterns
  • 20" of rick rack
  • a good stiff cocktail (I find a vodka tonic works well)
  1. Cut the rick rack into four 5" pieces and lay them out on each side of one of your fabric squares, right side up. How close it is to the edge depends on how wide your rick rack is. Mine was the regular size and I lined it up with the raw edge of the fabric. If your's is jumbo it may have to overlap the edge.
  2. Lay your other square on top, right side down and pin together, making sure to catch the rick rack with your pin. I only pinned the corners but you can do more if you like.
  3. Sew a 1/4" seam around all four sides, leaving a 3" gap on one for turning.
  4. Trim the corners and turn right side out. Poke out the corners and press. Sew a seam close to the edge of the fabric all the way around the napkin, closing the gap.
  5. Have a drink and admire your work.
  6. Optional: Make a drink for a friend and ask him/her to admire your work.


  1. Hello!
    I've been thinking about you. We are going to Comic-Con, and I thought *I wonder if Liz goes,* and *I wonder what Liz has been up to.*
    I love this tutorial... these would be such a terrific hostess gift.

  2. love the presentation & the "napkins"

    always a treat to visit your site.


  3. cute! thanks for the tutorial!

  4. was just thinking how i should whip up some coasters. love how you used the rick rack in yours. thanks for the tutorial, too!

  5. you are frickin' adorable! right down to the "half-assed tutorials" label. these are great, and made me a little thirsty.....

  6. Love these - I must make some. Great excuse for a vodka tonic tonight!

  7. thanks for share your wonderfull works
    hallo from Italy

  8. i love the ric rac in the coasters. you make it look so easy!

  9. This is such a fantastic idea! I can't get enough ric rack...or cocktails for that matter. =) I'll be linking to this!

  10. I just love these! I barely know how to operate a sewing machine, but I am going to give these a try!

  11. What a wonderful idea! And who couldn't use cocktail napkins?!?! I'm going to sew a batch up as soon as I get ric rack. I may have a cocktail now though to get in the spirit.

  12. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Thank you so much! I needed something as an engagement present for my future sister-in-law! These will be great!!! Thank you for sharing!