Learning how to make cloth napkins is fast and easy and can completely transform your table settings for that special occasion. Your stylish handmade cloth napkins will be the talk of your next dinner party or family get together.
You can sew these reversible napkins in under 5 minutes and they are fat quarter friendly.
The best fabrics to use for cloth napkins are pure cotton and linens that will absorb any mess. I like to use cotton quilting fabrics on one side and then an absorbent linen for the other.
Add 1/4 inch (6mm) seam allowance around the size you require and cut 2 equal fabric squares. Fabric napkin sizes can vary enormously in sizes starting at 9 inches (23cm) and going anywhere up to 26 inches (66cm) for large formal dinner napkins.
I like to cut my squares 14 inches which mean I can get 3 napkins across a 44 inch (112cm) wide fabric. You could also make dinner napkins from fat quarters of fabric.
FABRIC SAVING TIP: Plan ahead to get the maximum number of napkins from the width of your fabric.
How To Make Cloth Napkins
Put your two fabric squares with right sides together and stitch around the outside with a 1/4 inch (6mm) seam and leaving a 2 inch (5cm) gap on one side.
Clip the corners and turn the napkin to the right side through the gap in the side.
Give the napkin a good press, making sure the corners are well poked out. Press the seam allowance at the gap to the inside.
Topstitch all the way around close to the edge 1/8 inch (3mm)) from the edge. This will close your gap.
Give it a final press with a steam iron and you are all set to start planning your dinner party. Have fun!
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