Just bought four cloth napkins that
What a cute find!
What you can do with them depends a lot, IMO, on what size they are...
You could frame them for your wall --- simple square frames from your local craft shop (like Michaels) would do the trick.
Given that one has a hole, how about checking the notions department of your local fabric store/craft store for iron-on appliques in veggie shapes that would cover the hole,, get four, and place one in the middle of each napkin... Here is one I found on the web that is fairly large but matches the colors and theme of your napkins:http://www.1ferretstreasures.com/servlet/the-5600/4%22-Vegetable-Cotton-Sew/DetailIt says sew-on but you could get some fusible web and make your own "iron-on" applique too, since if framed, it's not likely going to get much hard use.That same site has lots of smaller iron-on embroidered appliques as well:http://www.1ferretstreasures.com/servlet/the-Food-%26-Drink%2C-Fruit%2C-Vegies/CategoriesThere are other online sources as well --- just put "iron-on vegetable appliques" into your search engine!
If you have some glass-topped trivets or hot plates, you could put the napkins under the glass...
Curtain valance - lay several at an angle over a rod or clip to a curtain rod... http://www.allthingsfrugal.com/valance.htmOf course if you only have the four and there is more curtain rod than the four would cover, why not intersperse them with inexpensive plain colored napkins that match one of the colors in your vintage find and that also goes with the decor in your kitchen. For example, you could go neutral (ecru or white, or even a sage green similar to the lettuce/cabbage or beans) or bright (red or orange) and then pick up that same color in other accessories in your kitchen like a jug filled with kitchen spoons, a selection of kitchen towels, hot pads and oven mitts, etc...
Hope this gives your some ideas...
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I'd guess they are from the fifties, or even earlier. But I'm not an expert and there doesn't appear to be anything online that explains how to date them... But check with your library to see if they have this book http://www.fabrics.net/joanVintageFabricsBook.asp as it may be useful in identifying the era.
13" might be a little big for hot plates or trivets but they would frame up nicely! And would be perfect for a valance.
I've seen vintage linens used in quilts too, but that's not very kitcheny...
Hi burnel! Nice find!
I had another idea for you. Do you sew? You could make them into small appliance covers. You know, those things on your counter top that you use everyday and don't want to keep putting them away and taking them out each day. Like a toaster or electric can opener.
Or make some pot holders to hang by your stove just for show.
Fold them over and get some of these to insert your fabric.
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