When we lived in Darkest Northern Maine I belonged to a women’s group that had potluck dinners from time to time. A frequent dish at these dinners was a meatloaf made with moose meat, no lie! Anyway, when we had a potluck, everyone brought her own place setting, including flatware, wrapped in a specially made carrier. In addition to being an opportunity to show off the fine china, it was a wonderful idea to save on waste! (My “fine china” is Corelle, but never mind that.) You can even carry a cloth napkin with you for further savings to the planet 🙂
Aroostook County, Maine, land of place setting carriers. Courtesy of Wikipedia.
I got to thinking about this when a colleague brought his lunch to the office with a cloth napkin the other day, and then later that same day one of my guilds had a potluck. Despite the fact that ALL of us CAN sew, nobody brought a place setting with her! It was all paper and plastic, filling the trash cans afterward. (The food was great, though!)
The truth is that, although I have made numerous place mats and table runners, I have never even made a place setting carrier for myself. So I searched the internet for patterns, and here are a few sources:
This is a $5 pattern available on Craftsy. Click the label under the picture to go to the page where you can buy it.
Here is a link to a free pattern from the St. Croix Quilters. I couldn’t get a picture, but the pattern is just one page and permission is granted to share it. It even includes a pattern for a matching napkin 🙂
Here is a listing from Etsy for a place setting carrier that you can buy already made.
Of course you could make one yourself, but sometimes there are too many projects in line already, and I thought this one was cute.
If you go searching for a pattern for a place setting carrier, most of what you’ll find are patterns for casserole carriers. Those are good, too, but not what I wanted! I’m pretty sure I can just develop my own place setting carrier by taking one of my dinner plates as a starting point for size and going from there. If I end up developing a pattern, I’ll let you know.
On another note, look at the wonderful pattern on this moth I found on a recent hike:
Unknown moth, Western N.C., 2018
Have a good week!