My dearest friend has a birthday in December. It's always a difficult decision to choose a gift for her because we have known each other for so long that it feels like we have gone through all the stages of gifting. For the last few years I have been making my friends a quilt when they reach their sixtieth birthday. Jennifer has two more years before she can cross that milestone off her list, so this year I made her some linen napkins.
I purchased the linen bundles at Purl Soho (the warehouse is only a few miles from my house) and followed the tutorial on the Purl Soho blog to make the mitered corners. The handkechief linen is very soft and presses beautifully to get nice crisp folds. There are a lot of tedious steps to making these napkins, like pulling a thread to cut the first straight line and folding the sides and pressing twice, changing the thread to match each fabric and...well you get the picture. Each napkin took me about twenty minutes to make. The bundle can make three napkins from each color, so I have another two sets of twelve napkins to make for another time.
The pattern was super easy to follow and I can see many more napkins in my future made of fun prints for each season or holiday.