If I hadn´t the "last minute", I would do NOTHING at all and I think there are some of you who may share my little problem... (or at least I hope so.)
|First, you´ll need some wool felt. Mine is about 2.5 mm thick.|
Thinner felt doesn´t work as well, so I recommend to buy a good quality, even if it´s expenive as hell.
You may try to use two layers of fabric, fused together with (somehow stiff) double sided fusible web. This MIGHT work as well (never tried it!).
|Then think about a design. I chose wings, but you can use almost any design that is symmetrical.|
The picture shows the wing pattern I used on a centimetre grid, so sizing might be easier for you if you can´t draw it freehand.
|You´ll now need to decide how wide your napkin ring will be (2 cm) and which circumfence it should have (15 cm, for being able to use it with fabric napkins and not only with those paper ones).|
I only used the wings, but you may prefer to make a complete pattern.
The pattern you see was used for my teacup cozies which are basically made using the same method.
|Cut strips that are slightly wider and longer than your finished napkin ring (including wings!) will be.|
|Transfer your pattern onto the strips.|
If you do it like me and only use the wings, mark the end of the wings and don´t forget to mirror the image for the other side!
I used water soluble fabric marker which easily will disappear when touched with a damp sponge or towel.
|With small scissors, cut out the wings and a little bit of the ring.|
I suggest using a rotary cutter for the ring, because the cutting line will have a "cleaner" appearance.
|After you cut the complete shape, mark the center where the wing shapes comes out of your napkin ring.|
On the left side of your napkin ring cut up to this point, on the other side cut from top down to this point.
Now you can join the ring by sliding one cut into the other.
Depending on the thickness of the material you used, it now may be neccessary to make the cuts a little deeper on both sides.
If you want, you can embellish with angelina, buttons and other stuff.
I prefer them this way, because you can store them flat, meaning they don´t need much space when not in use.
|Now make some more to give to the person who deserves wings!|
The ones I made are for my best friend who loves neutral colors. I also made a few for myself and some new ones with other motifs are in progress.
Hope you had fun with the tutorial :)