Do you remember that old skit that maybe your great uncle used to tell it at the dinner table as your great aunt would roll her eyes, I think it was called "I Can't Pay the Rent"?
Here's how it would go: while scrunching up the napkin to form a bow tie or a mustache (and then a hair bow for the female character) the storyteller would proceed with the skit, acting out each part with the napkin. As he/she would say the lines from each character he/she would move the napkin into position on the neck as the bow tie or under the nose for the mustache then on the head for the bow. As a child I loved this skit!
Well the project I envisioned for today is a modern spin-off of that old-time dinner table skit.
Enter: (da da da daaaa!!!) The Storytelling Napkin!
Here are the looks:
And here is how your little ones can play with the napkin:
Let's get started!
You Will Need:
A solid colored dinner napkin
Scrap fabric in assorted patterns and colors
Paper and Ink Pen or Pencil for Templates
Sewing Machine and Thread
Note a standard dinner napkin folds into to form 8 sides so you will be making 8 looks. Here are some suggestions: glasses, lips, mustache, bow tie, neck tie, megaphone, hat, crown. Sketch the design of each look on paper (don't stress to make it perfect just the general shape will do) then pin onto your fabric.
Cut your patterns out for each shape
Pin each shape onto each of the 8 sides of your napkin (all on the same side)
Sew along the edge of each shape sewing onto the napkin
You're done! You can be as creative or as basic as your wish!
And when you fold your napkin out flat, it will look something like this:
Make snack time exciting or just add a fun element for a special dinner with the family and let your little ones go to town storytelling!