Fashion meets function in this easy-to-make, customizable fabric trim.
Martha Stewart Living, June 2007
Using our leaf template, cut 27 leaves from linen (we used celadon, mint, and lemon).
Use a 1/2-inch-wide strip of store-bought single-fold bias tape and the one-step binding method to create a border along one side of each leaf, from tip to tip. There is no need to finish the tape's ends.
Bind the opposite side of each leaf with a separate length of bias tape, covering raw edges at tips with an overlap finish.
Arrange leaves in desired pattern; pin, and hand-stitch together.
Cut out a 13-inch square linen napkin. With scissors, round edges.
Beginning on a straight side, bind napkin with 1/2-inch-wide handmade single-fold bias tape (we used striped fabric). Complete with an overlap finish.
1/2-inch-wide single-fold bias tape
This summery runner is 86 inches long; you can add or subtract leaves, depending on the length of your table. Handmade napkins can coordinate with either linens or tableware.