Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I Really Don't Know!

Seriously, I need help!
I have no idea what these little fabric rectangles are or for what they may be used.
Any ideas out there.
They are a batiste like fabric but they are slightly sheer, as seen here.
Kim found these in a thrift shop. There are ten but five of them have small holes. Possibly from insects or enzymes from stains. 
I washed and lightly starched them. They are a pale shrimp color with the darker rooster.
We thought they may be cocktail napkins but the size, shape and the casual rooster design nixed that idea.
Maybe we are wrong...cocktail? They sure are sheer for a napkin, wouldn't stop a spill for me.
This is closer to the true color.
We even thought they might be supplies. Maybe a pocket for an apron but they are nicely finished on all sides. 
We purchased ten...maybe they were a set of twelve.
Each measures 8.25 X 5 inches.
Come on Ladies!
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Melissa Martin said...

Not sure what they are, but they could make a cute applique on an apron, or on a quilt. I could picture them appliqued onto the top of a vintage style apron. Sorry I'm not more help!

Barbara F. said...

I was going to say "coaster" but too thin for that, right? Maybe just appliques for a small tea towel or cloth? xo

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

Oh, whatever they are they are sooo cute!
And with roosters being so 'in' lately, they would make great addition to a country decor.
I would probably try to use some toughfer fabric (maybe linen, flour sacks or even burlap) to make place mats.
I think the mixture of textures could be interesting.
Have a great day, Ginger!

Artsy VaVa said...

I have no idea what they are but they sure are cute! If you find out, let us know!

The French Hutch said...

I don't know what they are but I love them! I'm sure you will think of some clever way to use them. I love the little red roo and the red finished hem on the outside.
Please share your creative work after you decide what to do with them.
Have a lovely evening.

the French Hutch

NanaDiana said...

You know my hubby's grandmother had several of these and they were downstairs where she kept all the stuff she played bridge with. They all met at her house and played round tables. I always assumed they were used to set under a glass on the bridge table...but...that was just a guess on my part.

Yours are really cute! xo Diana

Cheryl said...

maybe... they were practice pieces from a class they gave showing how to use an embroidery machine lol

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I think I am going to agree with the previous comment as they may be a bridge coaster...they are beautiful and can be used in many creative ways...great find!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I've seen those before and did not know what they where, I was thinking someone would have the answer....Hum, still a mystery!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,

That is a mystery item... I have no clue!
Love to you dear lady,


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Not quite sure what they are Ginger, but they are super cute!!

Meeha Meeha said...

I think they are stylish napkins or someone's idea of a stylish napkin:) I would make a bunting for the kitchen out of these beauties.

jeanetteann said...

I think they would be placemats for breakfast. They are certainly nice. x

Tutti Chic said...

whatever they are they are adorable! how about just as appliques? :) chris

Marydon said...

Cocktail napkins that you fold in 1/3s ... they are so pretty. Lucky you.

Sales have been keeping us very busy. I'm slowly getting around. Plus we had company for a week.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend, my friend.

Grace InAZ said...

I don't have a clue either, but I agree they are pretty. I will be interested to see what you finally use them for.
Hugs, GraceinAZ

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Ginger. I'm pretty sure they're cocktail napkins. My mother and MIL have these types of tiny napkins, and my mother still uses them when serving apéritifs (before-dinner drinks) or digestifs (post-dinner drinks) in small cordial glasses. They would look very pretty on the edge of a small tray with a few cordials on it. The suggestion above to fold them in thirds is perfect! :) ~Zuni

Debbie said...

I had no clue but read every comment because I wanted to find out. I think Zuni is right about them being little cocktail napkins. They're pretty!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

What a great find. I love the design. I hope you find out what they are...I have a feeling Zuni may have solved the mystery.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Vee said...

Oh I love a good mystery and you seem to have one here. I read all the comments hoping to find the definitive answer. What will you do with them? I'd use a linen background and turn them into envelope pillows. (This is not inspired. It's what I do with everything when I'm unsure of what to do.) Oh, perhaps a runner would look pretty with an alternating fabric between.

Debbiedoo's said...

Barking up the wrong tree here Ginger...I love the roos though.

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