Buffet Silverware Holder
Your buffet table can be as elegant as any sit-down dinner when you make a classy display for the silverware.
Your can watch Sandra and Ron demonstrate each step on our home page (dev.computercourage.com/ps). Below are step-by-step directions which you can refer to when making this wonderful display piece!
The circular holder has room for 16 place settings of silverware. If your guest list is bigger, try putting a complete setting in a single slot. Fabric options for a silverware holder include silk organza, tapestry, velveteen and linen. Avoid stretch velour or knits, which are difficult to stitch together in so many multiple layers. For one Silverware holder you will need:
- 1 1/2 yards of fabric
- 1 1/2 yards of contrasting fabric
- Beads or an applique
- Fusible interfacing
- Fabri-Trac fabric glue
- Measuring and marking tools
- General sewing/craft supplies
CUTTING THE CIRCLES
1. For the first circle pattern, draw two 16-inch perpendicular lines that cross one another at the center, or 8 inches in from the ends.
2. Fold the paper into quarters on the marked lines. Use a tape measure and a marker to swing an arc 8 inches from the center point across the top quadrant. Cut on the marked arc, and open out the 16-inch-diameter circle pattern.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to cut out 20-, 24-, and 28-inch –diameter circle patterns. Layer the four patterns in order of size.
4. Cut two fabric circles for each pattern. Alternate the fabric colors for the progressive circle sizes.
SEWING THE HOLDER
1. Place each pair of circles right sides together. Machine-stitch 3/8 inch from the edge all the way around. Press the seam back on itself.
2. Cut a 3-inch slit at the center through hone fabric layer only. Reach into the opening and turn the circle right side out. Press well. Cut a 4-inchby 1-inch strip of fusible interfacing. Slip it under the slit, in between the fabric layers, so the fusible side faces up. Press again to fuse the slit closed. (If your fabric is sheer, eliminate the slit and leave a small opening in the circumference for turning instead.)
3. Stack and center the four circles according to size. Pin the layers to prevent shifting. Using chalk or an air-erasable marking pen, draw two perpendicular lines through the center like those on your patterns, to divide the work into quarters.
4. Using a wide, long zigzag or decorative stitch, sew along one line from edge to edge through all the layers. To sew the second line, start at the center and stitch out to the edge, first in one direction and then in the opposite direction. Stitch four more lines from the center out to the edge, dividing the work into eighths. Finally, stitch down each one-eighth wedge, dividing the work into sixteenths. You can mark the stitching lines or simply eyeball it.
5. Embellish the center of the circle by gluing on beads or a purchased appliqué.
6. To use the holder, put the spoons in the smallest circle, forks in the second circle, and knives in the third circle. The fourth, outer circle forms the base.
For a children’s party or outdoor picnic, make the holder from a nonwoven fabric such as a polyfleece or felt. Buy half of the required fabric amount, an cut out one fabric circle for each pattern instead of two. Use a rotary cutter with a wave blade to make a decorative edge.