Spring has finally arrived and it's actually starting to look and feel like spring up here in the tundra. Tulips poking out of the ground, the robins and red-wing blackbirds are back, and we had a spring storm last night. It's lovely. I've always been a fan of autumn, but I love spring more and more every year. In celebration of spring I have a free printable treat for you: spring place cards! Use them for Easter this weekend or use them for any kind of spring gathering. I'll be using them tomorrow for my Birthday Brunch (yes, I throw myself a birthday brunch, why not?!). This printable started with a new pattern collection I created called "Spring and Hop", which you can find in my Spoonflower shop - it's all available to purchase there. I decided to make a table runner and some napkins with the fabric I ordered and I love how it turned out. I used a yard each of linen-cotton canvas fabric in the Spring and Hop pattern for the top of the runner and Spring Leaves for the back. Then I used a yard of the Spring Garden fabric to make 6 square napkins.
A table runner is really easy to make yourself and so fun for seasonal occasions. It's basically just a long rectangle. I measured some that I already have and in the end my runner ended up being about 14 inches wide and 73 inches long but a table runner can really be any size you want. If you want your runner to be one continuous piece of fabric you'll need more than a yard of fabric but since this was just for me I purchased one yard (saving some money) and pieced together two strips of fabric. I have a seam down the middle of the runner but once it's on the table with a centerpiece you can hardly tell it's there. You could simply cut your fabric to size and finish the edges but I decided to add a layer of contrasting fabric on the back and then I wrapped the back fabric around to the front to create a border with mitered corners. I used the same technique I used to make my scrap baby quilt by following this tutorial from Gingercake.
Napkins are quite easy to make too. Just cut your fabric into squares, mine ended up being 18"x18" because I wanted to get 6 napkins out of my yard of fabric. I used the same process for the mitered corners that I use when making tea towels. You can follow this great tutorial from Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse.
NOW, for your printable! There are 6 place cards on the page, sized to print on an 8.5"x11" letter size piece of paper. After printing, cut them out and then fold in half. I've left a white area to write the names of your guests. You'll notice the pattern mirrors itself on the card so when you fold it both sides of the card will be facing the right direction. I hope you enjoy the place cards! Let me know if you use them for a fun gathering.
** Printing Notes ** For the best quality when printing at home use good paper - I like Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte or you can use cardstock. Adjust your printer settings to print at the highest quality and print "actual size." For personal use only please.