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Cloth Napkins July 20, 2012

Filed under: Sewing,What I Made Today — cmcoker1 @ 11:33 am

What did I make today??  A cloth napkin.  This is the easiest thing in the world to do.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just setting the table for a family dinner, a cloth napkin can easily jazz up your table setting.  One of my friends just recently got married, and she put a personal touch on her reception by using a variety of vintage print cloth napkins.  I LOVED the look.

When I was at Marshall’s the other day, I priced a pack of 4 cloth dinner napkins between $4.99 and $7.99.  This really isn’t a terrible price for a cute napkin, but I figured I could get the same look for much cheaper on my own.

I went to my local fabric store and looked through their remnant collection.  This project doesn’t require much yardage per napkin, so you can afford to buy smaller cuts.  Most fabric stores discount their remnants to around $2/yd.  This is a good way to get a higher quality fabric without breaking the bank or angering your spouse.

So, for around $5, I was able to buy enough fabric to make 8-10 napkins and still have some fabric left over.  Not too shabby.

After a quick Google search, I found that cloth napkins come in a variety of sizes.  What I did find, is that most are perfectly square.  So I chose a 16×16 size.  Taking my seam allowance into account, I cut my fabric 17″x17″.

I trimmed the loose threads and ironed the fabric.  I then started turning the edges of the fabric 1/4″ and pressing flat.

I turned the edge over one more time to leave a smooth edge, pressing it again.  These 2 steps use up 1/2″ on each side, the reason why I cut my fabric 1″ longer than what I wanted my finished product.

A smooth edge is especially necessary in this project, since the back of the napkin will be easily visible.

I then went around a popped a few pins into the seam, especially the corners.  This is not necessary, but it does help ensure that none of your raw edge slips out while sewing.

Use a thread that coordinates with your fabric or completely blends in.  I used a hot pink.  Simply sew a straight seam all the way around the napkin to tack down your edges, back stitching at beginning and end to lock your thread.  (I sewed on the back of the napkin because my raw edges always find a way to peak out and totally annoy me. )

This literally takes about 90 seconds.  Super quick!  Yes, my seams look like I sewed in the car…I have a tendency to do everything a little too fast.  Please take your time, unlike me:)

All done!  Now all you have to do is set your table!

I look forward to showing you the real reason behind this project:)  Go make some napkins this weekend and spice up your dinner table!



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