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11 June, 2012

DIY Vintage French Silverware Sleeve

I am excited to show you my latest project…an oh-so-frenchy silverware sleeve! It’s just the perfect complement to my collection of mismatched vintage silverplate, don’t you think? And it feeds what seems to be my recent obsession of labeling everything in French!

silverware sleeve Here’s how it looks when it’s folded and placed on the plate…love it! I knew as soon as I saw them here that I would have to try my hand at making my own!

page Once I figured it out, it was pretty simple really! Here’s what I did:
1. I used Osnaburg…a very user-friendly and inexpensive linen look-alike ($5.00 a yard on sale at Jo-Ann). I needed one yard to make 4 sleeves and another yard for matching napkins (if you wish.)  Cut three 11 inch x 11 inch pieces of fabric for each sleeve. Fold one of the pieces in half and press it.
2. Place the folded fabric on one of the remaining pieces with the fold to the inside and line up the edges. Place the final piece of fabric over the two and pin in place. Stitch on all sides, allowing an open space to turn the sleeve right side out. Clip the corners at an angle, turn, press and hand-stitch the opening.
3. Stitch the length of the inner pocket along the center and at two more intervals on the right side to create slots for the silverware. The pocket on the left will hold the napkin.
4. Print the following graphics on iron-on transfer paper and apply them according to package directions.
silverware sleeve transfer
I have already flipped them to the mirror image that you will need for the transfer. Bon Appétit roughly translates “Enjoy your meal” while fourchettte, couteau and cuillère are fork, knife and spoon respectively. I used PhotoScape to print them at the 3 inch x 4 inch size and printed four of them on one sheet since I am making four sleeves.

step 5 Finally, I tied a knot in the center of three lengths of twine and hot-glued them above the slots. This will tie the silverware securely in place until the sleeve is opened. Baby Kitty says to be sure not to skip this step since you wouldn’t want your guests to have their silverware fall out!

silverware sleeve 2And here it is! Now you can get a good look at the napkin, too. I cut four 18 inch x 18 inch pieces of the Osnaburg for my four napkins and hemmed them on only three sides since the fabric has an interesting fringed selvedge edge. I love their rustic look! You could, of course, use your own napkins and skip this step.

silverware sleeve Here’s a final look. I know I say this every time, but I really think this may just be one of my favorite projects ever! Now I am ready to invite some friends over for lunch so I can use them!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my silverware sleeve ! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Marty at A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Swing into Spring

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Fantastique! Quelle bonne idée! J'aime tu as bien expliqué comment le faire. Bravo! Linda

  2. I love this. I am pinning it and will put it on my "to do" list. I can't wait to make it.

  3. This is probably one of the coolest things you have made yet. I can't wait to see what you do next.

  4. I LOVE it! Rustically elegant. Beautiful job- xo Diana

  5. Debbie,
    These are magnificient! Luncheon delights for your friends! Takes away from the usual and gives an element of surprise and charm to the tablescape! Enjoy!

  6. Oh, I'm so impressed! That is a wonderful little project!

  7. This is absolutely FABULOUS!! You are a genius -- thanks for sharing the words with us!

  8. This is so charming, Debbie! No surprise that I love it!

  9. Debbie, this is such a cute idea. I love this. I definitely think this is one that I might make. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. You are killing me with this one. I love that....oh, if only I had some time....between the move, doctors, and a wedding....I guess there is always next year!

  11. Oh, my! I love them, Debbie. I also love the site where you got the idea -- I think I'm in big trouble trying to do my own version of everything there! See my "vintage" French Grain Sack Computer bag on my blog:


  12. That is really really cool! Love it - glad you linked that up:)

  13. What a great project, Debbie. So pretty and so unique...Christine

  14. Another fabulous project. Of course, I love anything with French words. This took a great project and made it even better.

  15. Wow, love these Debbie! Wish I could sew, this would move to the top of my wish list! Love your collection of silver, gorgeous!

    The French Hutch

  16. I have said it before but your creativity amazes me!! Another great idea - hopefully this summer and after our remodel I want to give this a try!
    thanks for sharing!

  17. I really like these what a great idea! This a must do! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Amazing! Absolutely love this. You are so creative and thank you for the words so we can do it too!

  19. Omgosh!! Are you seriouos!? Is there nothing that you can't do? I am once again totally impressed. Now the next question is....... Do you take orders?
    I think I need some in black and white with striped ties!!
    xo Kathysue

  20. Great project, Debbie! I may just have to incorporate something similar into my wedding table scape :)

  21. my goodness this is a fun and doable idea. So sweet and clever! Thanks for giving the instructions and even including the printout. Love it!

  22. This is so awesome and brilliant. This post is so inspirational. I would love it if you could share this awesome post at our What’s It Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us.


  23. ooh la la!! C'est tres belle!
    I love this idea!!

  24. Love Love Love this project! Beautiful! Found you from a blog hop and am now a new follower!

  25. Love it! You always come up with the most elegant place setting ideas! Love that little frayed edge ;)
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open.

  26. What a lovely DIY! I especially like the pic with your little fuzzy helper!

  27. This is so so fabulous. Amazing idea! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Have a great day. Anu

  28. These are wonderful! Love this idea and they don't look too hard to make.
    Mary Alice

  29. What a gorgeous 'Frenchy' project.
    I'd love it if you'd consider sharing thsi at my Shabbilicious Friday link party ~

  30. I love these, thanks for the inspiration.
    Very rustic and right up my alley.
    Thanks for sharing.

  31. Debbie, this is such a cute idea and you are just pumping out all these great projects. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  32. So smart! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  33. Wonderful as usual...We can always count on you for unique ideas...Thank you...

  34. I adored this and decided to make a couple of my own. Please take a look and thank you for the inspiration!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie