At first I couldn't think of any really easy straight sewing on the machine projects. Now I can't stop thinking of them! So, here is a very easy one, some serviettes. I used cotton quilting fabric, which is a good weight and comes in lots of different designs and colours.
Traditionally the most common sizes for serviettes are;
12" x 12" morning or afternoon tea
16"x 16” Informal Luncheon
20” x 20 “ and 21” x 21” Dinner and for more formal occasions such as Banquet Dinning.
But, my designs is driven by the fabrics I have to hand so I have made mine 12" square finished. This is for using for morning tea or lunch. But I don't think I would make them any smaller than this. You should find that 1 m of each fabric should make a set of 6. (I would look out for cheaper sale fabrics.)
I press my fabric on the diagonals to make sure it lines up properly.
Stitch a 1/4" seam around the edge, needle down to pivot at the corners.
Leave a 3" opening to turn through and then press down the seam allowance before I do this.
Snip the corners before turning through.
Top stitch around the edge using the inside of my 1/4" presser foot as a guide.
And that is it. You could use the same fabric top and bottom or have a different back or even make every serviette different. I think these will make great Xmas gifts.