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Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Style Napkins

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Square fabric napkins are super simple, especially when you follow our easy directions for how to make a perfect double-turn, narrow hem with clean corners. This holiday, pass on the paper, and make your own beautiful cloth napkins.

Designed to match our Thanksgiving Tablecloth with Arts & Crafts Style Panels, these napkins are a great accent for the overall tabletop. All eight of ours match, but it's also fun to mix things up, giving pairs of folks or even each individual his/his own custom fabric. This is a "green idea" as well, because then everyone can keep track of their own napkins throughout the evening rather than getting a new napkin each time.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

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  • Fabric for eight napkins: 2½ yards of 45" wide fabric: we used Joel Dewberry's Deer Valley in Mountain Gem Celedon
    If you need fewer napkins or want to mix and match your fabrics, ¾ yard of 45" wide fabric will make two 20" x 20" finished napkins.
  • All purpose thread
  • Contrasting all purpose thread for top stitching
  • See-through ruler
  • Fabric pencil
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Straight pins

Getting Started

  1. Cut eight 21" x 21" squares. After hemming, your finished napkins will be 20" x 20" each.
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  2. This is a perfect time to use a rotary cutter (see:
  3. Since the pattern we chose is so large, it's especially important to make your first cut square to the print.
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  4. For more about 'squaring up fabric' for exact cutting, read our tutorial: Quilting Basics Part 1: Tools, Cutting & Piecing.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. Create a ¼" doubleturn hem on all four sides, with clean finished corners. If you're new to this technique, check out our great tutorial: Quick Tip: 1/4" Double-Turn Clean Finished Corner
  2. In making these corners and the hem, your finishing step will be to top stitch all the way around in contrasting thread.

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever



Comments (2)

DEQuilter9 said:
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Hi where is the tutorial for the double turn hem?  Looks like maybe the link was left off?  Thank you for his pattern!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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DEQuilter9 - this is an older project that seems to be missing a number of copy elements. We'll check in to it and reload the content. Stay tuned.