Cloth Napkin Tutorial

    Posted by  ·  November 30, 2012

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    Hi!  I am Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Co where I blog with my sister-in-law (who is coincedentally also Elizabeth) about our mutual love of sewing, the art of homemaking, vintage pattern love and crazy thrifting adventures.  It’s always exciting over at Simple Simon.

    Right now over at my house, I am in the process of making handmade gifts for those on my Christmas list.  I really love handmade gifts, and especially ones that are simple but look so well-made.  And these mitered-corner cloth napkins fit that list perfectly. They are easy to sew, but will surely be used for holidays to come!  I am planning on giving them to my kids’ piano teacher this year, with a loaf of homemade bread.  They would also be perfect in everyday fabrics for neighbors, or sisters, or moms–and they will be a gift that will be actually be used!

    And when I say that these napkins are a cinch to sew—I really do mean it.  I spent about 1 hour total on all four of them.   So you can assembly line them and do as many as you would like.  I think the Christmast ones would be so pretty as place settings for a Christmas brunch or dinner this year!  (Let’s see how many I can get done in the next couple of weeks 😉

    Supplies for 4 mitered-cloth napkins:

    *1 yard of white Kona cotton

    *1 yard of Olive Kona cotton

    *matching olive-colored thread

    *embroidery floss in olive and cranberry colors

    And here’s how you make them…

     

    And you are done!  Thanks so much for having us here at Skip to My Lou today….and be sure to head over to Simple Simon and Co, where we have a round-up of some of our favorite handmade Christmas gifts to share with all of you today!  See you there….

    ~Elizabeth
    Simple Simon & Co

     

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    1. ChristineB
      Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
      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. :-)
    2. Rachel
      Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
      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.
    3. Beth
      Friday, November 30th, 2012
      Have always wanted to know how to miter napkins. Now I know.
      Thanks
    4. Erin
      Friday, November 30th, 2012
      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?
    5. Mummylala
      Friday, November 30th, 2012
      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!