We love the cloth napkin here at Sew4Home! It's a green alternative to paper; it's super simple to make; and it adds a cheery splash of color to your table. That's a trifecta of winning reasons to give it a try today. We used a different fabric for each of our six napkin samples, because mixing and matching is fun.
Our Nature Brights projects were made using Patty Young's wonderful Flora & Fauna Collection.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Décor Computer 3050)
Fabric and Other Supplies
Our napkins are 20" x 20" finished, which means you need at least 21" x 21" of fabric to make one. If you're working with 44"-45" wide fabric, as we usually are, this means you need at least 21" in length. Here's your math quiz for today: If a yard of fabric is 36", what standard cut would you order to accommodate your napkins? (pause here for the theme song from Jeopardy) ... That's right! "What is ¾ yard?" ¾ of a yard is 27" - plenty of length. In fact, with 44"-45" in width and 27" in length, you can make TWO napkins. Multiply to your heart's content to make more.
- For our six napkins we used six different fabrics from Patty Young's Flora & Fauna collection by Michael Miller Fabrics: Blossoms in Black, Daisy Dot in Lime and Stone, Ta Dot in Moss and Apple, and Dandelion in Raspberry
- All purpose thread in colors to match fabric
- Contrasting all purpose thread for edgestitch (optional)
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Straight pins
- Cut 21" x 21" even squares from each fabric you're using for your napkins.
- We recommend a rotary cutter for cutting squares. It's faster and more accurate. If using a rotary cutter for the first time, we have a detailed explanation of the proper use of this tool in our article on Quilting Basics.
NOTE: Need help selecting a rotary cutter that best suits your needs? Check out our Buying Guide on rotary cutting products.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Fold and press a ½” double hem along all four sides on one fabric square. To do this, fold in ¼" and press, then fold another ¼" and press, encasing the raw edge within the fold. For a truly professional finish, see our tutorial on how to make easy clean finished corners.
- Using a straight stitch and contrasting thread (the contrasting touch is optional; you can use matching thread if you prefer a simpler look), sew around the entire folded perimeter. Remember to stop at each corner, with your needle in the down position, and pivot.
- Repeat for each fabric square.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever