Comments on: Cloth Napkin Tutorial http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/11/30/cloth-napkin-tutorial/ Craft, Create, Celebrate! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:08:46 +0000 hourly 1 By: ChristineB http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/11/30/cloth-napkin-tutorial/comment-page-1/#comment-172909 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:56:06 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=28915#comment-172909 This is brilliant! I just made up a sample (using 7- and 9-inch squares) and it turned out pretty good for a quick and dirty first pass. The whole process is quite easy to understand once you’ve made one up.

It did take a little bit of fiddling to figure it out, though. I was confused by the instruction to leave a 1/4″ square as you stitched the perimeter, as it seemed to me like you needed a slightly larger gap to be able to turn it correctly. But I was wrong; you want to stitch to within 1/4″ of corners. The two lines of stitching don’t have to meet exactly, just don’t sew past the intersection. The fabric of the larger square will need to be folded out of the way when you sew the adjacent seam so you don’t accidentally catch it in the seam. (I found that leaving a one stitch “space” in the very corner was helpful.)

Make a practice napkin to figure out exactly where the perpendicular sewing line (Step 6) should be. You want it to end just at the point of the corner.

Don’t forget to leave the 2″ opening for turning – a couple dots of water soluble marker is helpful to remember to do this. There’s no hand sewing needed at all – just be sure your seam allowances are pressed down (to be covered by the 1/2″ border) before you edgestitch. And definitely trim all loose threads before turning if you are using white or other light colored fabric, or you’re going to see them every time you use the napkins. :-)

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By: Rachel http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/11/30/cloth-napkin-tutorial/comment-page-1/#comment-171863 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 22:28:38 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=28915#comment-171863 Ok, I think I figured it out, Erin. The back isn’t folded you match up each side evenly with the cut edges. By the time you get around it, you have the extra bits on the sides. Drawing the perpendicular lines, it appears as if she folded the napkin in a triangle then, drew a line and sewed. I think the closure is hand sewed too but I am going to try moving my topstitching to the main fabric to avoid that.

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By: Beth http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/11/30/cloth-napkin-tutorial/comment-page-1/#comment-171426 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:50:07 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=28915#comment-171426 Have always wanted to know how to miter napkins. Now I know.
Thanks

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By: Erin http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/11/30/cloth-napkin-tutorial/comment-page-1/#comment-171370 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:09:53 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=28915#comment-171370 These are great but I do not understand step 4 at all. Are you folding the back fabric? Or pinning the rough edges together w the back billowing out in the back like a pouch?

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By: Mummylala http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/11/30/cloth-napkin-tutorial/comment-page-1/#comment-171349 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:08:11 +0000 http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=28915#comment-171349 Wow! Really? Gee that’s just awesome, if it wasn’t 10pm I’d try one out right now just to see if it is as easy as you make it look! …in the morning… Look out sewing machine, we will be making napkins! :) thanks!

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