How To: Cloth Napkins

This is a very simple, eco-friendly project.  Cloth napkins would make a great addition to a kitchen and dining inspired gift.  Add a set of napkins to a set of pretty dishes and it’s a great, usable gift. 

To make a set of napkins, pick a pretty quilting or linen type fabric.  To get 4 napkins, buy 1 square yard of fabric.  Cut into 18 inch squares.  Fold opposite sides in about 1/2 inch.  Iron to make a nice crease.  Then, fold the other sides in 1/2 inch or so, ironing to crease. 

Fold opposites over again and press to crease.  Pin in place to hold the shape.  Iron opposite sides again and pin.

Set your sewing machine to a close straight stitch.  Allign the edge of your presser foot with the edge of the napkin and sew.  When you reach a corner, keep the needle down, raise the presser foot and turn 90°.  Continue sewing until each napkin is complete.

7 thoughts on “How To: Cloth Napkins

  1. very pretty fabric!

    I like the idea of using two different fabrics so that they are reversible (making them like you would a pillow, but with two different fabrics.) If you do, it’s probably best to prewash the fabric, in case they shrink at different rates, and maybe even do some topstitching to keep the layers together.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I love the fabric too. Maybe if I get a sewing machine for Christmas I’ll try to make these first, they look fairly easy. 🙂

  3. Been thinking about doing this to save on waste and on money buying paper towels.
    This has soooo inspired me to add to my project list for Christmas vacation.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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