Sewing your own napkins is a really easy and quick sewing project. We usually use cloth napkins at our house. I started doing this many years ago as part of a green living movement in our home and because paper napkins are rough on your face. I also like the look of cloth napkins on the table over paper napkins. You can coordinate fabrics to go with your dishes as well as sew cute seasonal napkins for various holidays.
This is a tutorial on how to make pretty double sided napkins from cotton fabric. You will need:
- 1 1/2 yds of cotton fabric (quilters fabric) – this will give you 6 napkins
- sewing machine that does a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch
- sewing thread to match fabric
- rotary cutter or sewing scissors
- quilters ruler
- point turner
First thing you need to do is wash and dry all your fabric. I have learned the hard way that you need to do this with anything that is going to be washed or you will be sorry.
Then you will need to iron the fabric and fold it in half right sides together like it came off the bolt, before you cut it.
- Cut fabric 13 inches wide by width of fabric
- Cut 13 inch strips into 13 inch squares – you should be able to get 3 squares total per strip
- Place squares RS(right sides) together and sew around edges using a 3/8 or 1/2 inch seam allowance – leaving a 2 to 3 inch opening at the center of one side for turning
- Turn napkins RS out, clip corners, use a point turner to press corners into a point
- Press napkins with iron
- Set your machine to a zigzag stitch and sew using the edge of your presser foot or a 1/4 inch marking as a guide around all 4 edges – this will close up the opening you left for turning
Now your napkins are all done and ready to use and they look pretty on both sides. The napkins can be washed with your regular laundry and dried. If they are really soiled you can always soak them in color safe bleach like Oxi-clean. I do this a lot with having 3 boys.
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